Thanks a bunch, it definitley seems like a friendly forum!
I did the search thing right after I wrote my first post here but I didn't read more than a couple of pages since it got a bit late but I'll continue my search later tonight.
Came to think about it, this is my eight forum that I registered to. I My wife looks a little bugged about it... I wonder why?
Have read a lot about RL17 but my barrel likes a bit slower powders like RL18/Norma 204/Rhino 18 (which is the same thing) behind Norma 130grs GT bullet. I've also tried out Vihtavuori N160 for this bullet and the ES was very very low, I do have to change the bullet jump a bit since the precision was altered with this powder.
As for the 140grs bullets I've tried out pretty much the same powders add one, Vihtavuori N165 which made the Hornady SST travel at the speed of 2887f/s without any preassure signs. This load shoot like **** so I'll have to work it a bit more. I'll also try N160 today just to see what velocity I can get with this powder. Later on I'll try out RL22 as well but first things first right?
My buddy Mats has a 260 as well but his barrel has a much tighter inner diameter than mine. His max loads stops about 3-5 grains below mine.
The biggest problem in my country is the prices on the shooting ingredients which is way high compared to what you guys pay for'em over there, double the price at least. Our government isn't directly shooting/hunting friendly so they try out various things to keep things on the minimal for example the "lead tax". This leads in my turn to ask a lot of Q's before loading up my ammo so if someone got some pointers on what kind of bullet jump the SST's likes for instance I'll be more than happy.
Another problem in Sweden is that we almost only can get hold of european gunpowder. One or two stores have hodgon in stock but the hazard fee is way out of proportion so that is out of the question.
The fastest powder I've used in my 308 is Norma 201 for the Speer 125grs TNT bullet (2952f/s) and Vv N140 for the SMK 168 bullet (2624f/s). I've also used N150 behind those SMK's which gave a bit more speed (2788f/s).
This barrel measures 26" and shoot more than well, @100m (109yards) I've had groupings measuring 7mm (0,28") with the SMK's.
I've never thought about using the 208 a-max since I'm not sure that my 1-12" barrel stabilizes them heavy things... 2800f/s sounds scary high, are you sure about those numbers Oliveralan?
Over and out!