Well I finally took the plunge into a new bullet. I've been debating this bullet to use for F-T/R class this year. As this is my first year, the only thing I have to worry about is winning (don't see that happening, my wind skills SUCK!). Anyway, I was able to the range today with some bullets and 4 different powders. The idea for 1000yd competition I need to meet a specific number. So that number is Mach 1.2 at 1000yds. To do so, many chose to shoot the 175 SMK, Berger, 178 A-max, and 185 Berger. These can do it with nominal velocity around 2600-2700 fps depending on the bullet. Some will even use the 208 A-max and the 210 Berger. These are all in .308 Winchester. It needs to be due to .223 and .308 are the only permitted calibers for F-T/R. So I know that my rifle loves 168 grain bullet. Berger came out with a magic pill that cures the low BC disease that plagues the 168 class bullet. It is the Hybrid w/ a G1 BC of .510 and G7 of .266. If you crunch the numbers, the 168 Hybrid only needs to be pushed to 2740fps to achieve the magical number of Mach 1.2 to achieve them minimum stability speed for accuracy at 1000yds. Well after much research and debate I have found some powders that will do just what I need. With out further ado here's what I got. These are all Alliant powders: AR Comp 42.6grns 2748, 2748, 2738 Avg. 2745 ES 9.95 SD 5.74 Group 2 in one hole with a flier. I think if I seat them another .005 to .010 deeper, I should be able to rain that in. 42.8grns 2785, 2777, 2771 Avg. 2777 ES 12.75 SD 6.48 Same as above. Power Pro 2000MR 49.0grns 2886, 2890, 2880 Avg. 2885 ES 10.31 SD 5.00 Group .5” 49.3grns 2890, 2895, 2909 Avg. 2898 ES 18.76 SD 9.84 Group .2” 49.5grns 2919, 2930, 2933 Avg. 2928 ES 14.15 SD 7.34 Group .5” RL17 49.0grns 2774, 2780, 2776 Avg. 2777 ES 5.73 SD 3.00 So I am going to try these loads at 6 or 700 yards to see how they perform at distance. I have high hopes for the PP2K 49.5, RL17 49.0, and 42.6 of the AR Comp.