168 Berger and the .308 Winchester?

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  1. WEATHERBY460

    WEATHERBY460 Well-Known Member

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    What is a good powder for this combo...and what type of a speed should I get from a 26" barrel...thanks
     
  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    I just loaded some last night...Matter of fact.

    Berger recommends max of 42.5gr of Varget, however, for al my 168's I've always loaded with 44.0gr of varget.

    So the load is as follows:

    Hornady Match brass
    168 Berger VLD Hunting
    44.0gr Varget
    Fed 210 primer
    And measued to 2.200" on the Ogive

    I'll go shoot this weekend and post my findings.
     

  3. jsthntn247

    jsthntn247 Well-Known Member

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    45.2 grains of varget in Lapua brass. I've got a tight obermeyer barrel and runn 2850.
     
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  4. reeldawg

    reeldawg Well-Known Member

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    +1 on the Varget
     
  5. WEATHERBY460

    WEATHERBY460 Well-Known Member

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    varget it is then...thanks
     
  6. Bart B

    Bart B Well-Known Member

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    The most accurate loads with 168's from a .308 case I know of have all used IMR4064 powder. Same for 175's up through 190's. Some test groups at 600 through 800 yards are smaller than current benchrest records.

    But you have to weigh charges; metering IMR4064 is a bit tricky.
     
  7. MTBULLET

    MTBULLET Well-Known Member

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    8208xbr and 168vld works for me, more consistant than varget, and faster, .5MOA to 700yds. so far.
     
  8. GNERGY

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    168 gr. Hybrid
    43 gr. Varget
    Lapua Palma brass
    Fed small rifle match
    2.880 OAL -.060 off the lands
    2750 fps
    26 in Krieger 1 in 10 twist
    1 1/4 groups at 500 yrds.
    Tarey
    Rifle and Bipod built by ME :)
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  9. WEATHERBY460

    WEATHERBY460 Well-Known Member

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    any other powder besides varget...none in stock for me currently.....?
     
  10. Shortmagman

    Shortmagman Well-Known Member

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    I have used N550 to load my Remington 700 5R. N550 is not as well known and used as Varget so you may be able to find it.
     
  11. Bart B

    Bart B Well-Known Member

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    Is that the largest, smallest or only group size shot?
     
  12. GNERGY

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    If I do my part it will shoot 5 shot 1 1/4 inch groups at 500 yds. I have shot a couple smaller ones and bigger ones but that is about average, and that is prone off the bipod. I guess I got lucky and got a good barrel.
    Tarey
     
  13. aramarine6

    aramarine6 Well-Known Member

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    45 grains of varget in lapua brass is what worked best in my Rem 700 sps with a 26 inch barrel. My next best choice for that combo was 4064. Didnt see much difference in accuracy with the 168s but the 175 smks prefered the varget. I also noticed a slightly smoother recoil impulse with varget and the 175s.
     
  14. WEATHERBY460

    WEATHERBY460 Well-Known Member

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    thanks...how much 4064 did u use?