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Making A Case For The 308 Winchester By Michael Eichelle

 
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Old 10-25-2009, 11:25 AM
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Re: Making A Case For The 308 Winchester By Michael Eichelle

I have one of Thompson/Center ICON Precision Hunter rifle in .308 from the Ian McMurchy Rifle Raffle. I just had Shawn and Bob from Defensive Edge put the rings and scope on and itís time to start reloading. I mentioned before that I have the 168 gr. Sierra Mkís (Kirby Allen), also a 1000 Berger bullets from Eric Stecker of Berger bullets. I have not ordered the Bergerís as of yet, do you have any suggestions on what gr. Bullet to use with the Bergerís. I hunt elk and mule deer here in Idaho.

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I have one of Thompson/Center ICON Precision Hunter rifle in .308 from the Ian McMurchy Rifle Raffle. I just had Shawn and Bob from Defensive Edge put the rings and scope on and itís time to start reloading. I mentioned before that I have the 168 gr. Sierra Mkís (Kirby Allen), also a 1000 Berger bullets from Eric Stecker of Berger bullets. I have not ordered the Bergerís as of yet, do you have any suggestions on what gr. Bullet to use with the Bergerís. I hunt elk and mule deer here in Idaho.
With the shorter factory barrel I would recomend starting with powders on the faster side of the 308 spectrum such as RL-12, Benchmark, H4895, VV-N530 etc....You could try RL-15 and Varget if those dont work, but H4895 and similar should work well.

As far as which Berger, it is a hard question for me to answer. Your rifle may not like the best one for the job. Also, the VLD's typically works best with higher impact velocities. This doesnt work well with a 308 espescially a short barrel 308 for long range hunting.

For mule deer or elk, I would be looking hard at the 168 or 175 VLD. They are a good balance between weight, mass and BC with a decent starting velocity (2600-2700 FPS for the 175's and 2750-2800 for the 168's) This would get you somewhere in the 500 yard+ ball park for reliable terminal effects with the VLD. If you work up a good load with the 168 SMK, then I would get the 168 VLD's and work the charge weight up and down SLIGHTLY and/or the seating depth to duplicate the SMK load.

Let us know what happens!
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Old 10-26-2009, 12:17 AM
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Re: Making A Case For The 308 Winchester By Michael Eichelle

Thanks so much for the info.
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Re: Making A Case For The 308 Winchester By Michael Eichelle

Michael, nice article and thanks for taking the time to write it. You probably read that I picked up one of those 5R Milspecs this last spring, I know you have some experience with this model. This is fast becoming one of my favorite guns. It can shoot in the .1's and I don't think it has ever shot over .5 during load developement. I was tired of burning barrels and a friend suggested this caliber and that it would easily go 4,000 rounds. Time will tell but from what I've read, it has the potential to go all of that and more. This was my first experience with the 308 and I have found it to be a very accurate round and easy to load for with very manageable recoil. It is turning out to be my number one go to rifle for developing long range shooting skills. Just topped it this last week with a Sightron SIII 6x24 MD and like it even more now. Favorite load is a 175 SMK at 2610 fps.
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Michael, nice article and thanks for taking the time to write it. You probably read that I picked up one of those 5R Milspecs this last spring, I know you have some experience with this model. This is fast becoming one of my favorite guns. It can shoot in the .1's and I don't think it has ever shot over .5 during load developement. I was tired of burning barrels and a friend suggested this caliber and that it would easily go 4,000 rounds. Time will tell but from what I've read, it has the potential to go all of that and more. This was my first experience with the 308 and I have found it to be a very accurate round and easy to load for with very manageable recoil. It is turning out to be my number one go to rifle for developing long range shooting skills. Just topped it this last week with a Sightron SIII 6x24 MD and like it even more now. Favorite load is a 175 SMK at 2610 fps.
Sounds like you have a sweet shooter! I hate to say it but that was to this day my favorite rifle even over my customs! It was just a sweet shooting rig.
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Re: Making A Case For The 308 Winchester By Michael Eichelle

To paraphrase a line from the Matrix- I like guns... lots of guns

My little VTR in .308 has proven to be a good shooter. I trust it implicitly out to 300 yards with 150gr Pro Hunters. I've got some 168gr Berger VLD's loaded and ready to test and I plan to load some 185gr Berger VLD's and test them as well. Best accuracy in my VTR "seems" to come from RL-15 and 2,500 fps with the 150gr ProHunters. I'm not sure where I'll start with the heavier bullets. Probably work up from 2,400 book values and go from there.

I took a deer at 285 yards this year. I hit right where I wanted to and she made a little half circle and died in under 20 yards (but only about 5 from where I hit her).

Once I get some time on the 600 yard range I may extend my comfort level with the .308 a tad. Around here it's plenty of rifle for what we have to shoot, even at 600 yards.

I'm just beginning the process of getting to know my Sendero (7 mag) and within 6 months or so I should be the proud owner of a .338 Edge so I will have rifle capability at long range covered. The shooters skills at long range remain to be seen
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Re: Making A Case For The 308 Winchester By Michael Eichelle

While it ups the game for all cartidges that it will be loaded in, it seems to me that (if the claims are true) the new Hornady Superformance ammo adding a couple hundred feet per second with some pretty darn good bullets available (150 & 165 gr SST's in particular) makes a great round even better, and more useful at potentially longer ranges. (and even less prone to criticism)

I love my Savage 10 Precision Hunter, in .308 - but with the 20" barrel the new Hornady propellants that are said (claimed) to have a miniscule velocity difference for shorter barrels is very appealing to me to give it just a bit more poke!

Not that that helps the reloader much, yet....


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