308 advice

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by aaron338, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. aaron338

    aaron338 Member

    Mar 18, 2007
    I just picked up my first rifle chambered .308 win. It's a rem 700p.
    I am looking for some loading advice. I have 168gr sierra matchkings. does anyone have some advice on powders or some favorite pet loads.

  2. Nomad

    Nomad Banned

    Jul 1, 2007
    Two loads that work Varget 46gr with a 155 hornady, 44.5 of varget with
    a 168 nos. Both of these work in other rifles.
    For a nice load for the 175 smk is 45gr varget with win brass,210M, and
    varget again THIS IS A MAX LOAD on the 175 so work it up.

  3. long450

    long450 Well-Known Member

    May 5, 2007
    That was the same load I shot in my Sendero 308 with the 168 SRMK and varget. It would shoot 5 bullets into 1/2" at 100 yards.
  4. wadedc

    wadedc Well-Known Member

    Dec 13, 2006
    + 1 for Varget.
  5. Coyboy

    Coyboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2005
    I run varget @2680fps with the 168mk, set off with a cci br200 pimer in Win brass. Don't remember the exact charge wieght. Shoots sub 1/2" @ 100 in 2 different factory guns.
  6. HeskethPritchard

    HeskethPritchard Well-Known Member

    Nov 12, 2006

    Try an remember the powder charge wouldya!!;)
  7. Ksmirk

    Ksmirk Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2006
    Ok like always back off and work up! all that said I'm going to probably be the odd duck here in that I really don't care all that much for Varget powder, Ok guys put your pitchfork and bats away just never had great luck with it nothing against it.

    LC brass
    Fed 210M
    45.5gr. charge
    2.810 OAL
    168gr. SMK

    LC brass
    Fed 210M
    46.0gr. Compressed
    2.810 OAL
    168gr. SMK

    I've had the best luck with the 4064 for small groups and velocity spreads are pretty much nothing (single digits) Best of luck and be safe. Later,

  8. Matt_G

    Matt_G Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2002
    My .308 absolutely loves 42.5 grs. of IMR 4064 with the 168 gr SMK.
    Fed 210M primers.
    Winchester brass
    .010 jump to the lands.
  9. bgoldhunter

    bgoldhunter Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2005
    In my 308 with 168gr SMKs, I am running 46gr of Varget. Accuracy was darn good from 44.5gr on up to my current load, with 46gr just slightly better for me. Be sure to work up to this load, as it is fairly hot.

    With 175 SMKs, I am using 44.5 gr of Varget. OAL is also 2.810 if I recall correctly.

    Loading both in Winchester brass right now until it wears out, then switching to Lapua brass (and backing off the load accordingly).
  10. docopac

    docopac New Member

    Nov 22, 2008
    Just remember though that what may produce tight groups for some rifles may not work as well in your rifle.

    What I do when I get a new rifle is load 3 rounds each of differing powder charges in 1/2 grain increments. Then I place a target at 25 yards and shoot the 3 rounds at it, then switch to another target for the next 3 rounds and so on and so on. You will see your groups get smaller as you aproach the optimum charge for your gun and bullet weight that you have chosen. Then you will see the groups get larger again as you leave that optimum charge. This narrows it down for you but now you start over and load from the 1/2 grain below what looks like the optimum to 1/2 grain over the optimum charge in 1/10 grain increments and go back to the range and do it all again. This time the spread in groupings won't be as pronounced but try to pick the best one and load some bullets. go to the range again and sight in at 100 yards and see how tight you can hold your group then move out to 200......300.....+ what ever you are wanting to shoot at.

    Keep in mind that different powders may also influence the groups. as has been stated here Varget and IMR powders are both good choices.

    Get yourself a reputable loading manual from the bullet manufacturer you wish to use and approach the max loads with a great deal of caution! look for presure indicators as you work your way through the loads and if you see signs of over presure stop and disassemble the higher charged bullets ASAP.

    I hope this helps.
  11. Buffalobob

    Buffalobob Writers Guild

    Jun 12, 2001
    I am not sure what it is that you want to do with the rifle but the 168 SMK goes subsonic at about 900 - 950yards. The 175 SMK will make it past 1000 yards unless you have a light load and or a short barrel.
  12. eddybo

    eddybo Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2007
    Wow, you guys are getting 46gr of varget in a case w/o any pressure problems what brass are you using? With Lapua brass and CCI primers 44.6 is my max summer load. I worked up a load for another member here a couple weeks back and ran into pressure signs right at 46gr. I havent used any brass other than lapua in the 308 since I started using varget, but would suggest starting a little lowerer than 46gr if your using lapua brass. If your using win brass that is probably right in line. I tell everyone if your 308 will not shoot 168s with 45gr of varget into little bitty holes the gun is broke.
    I used to use RL 15 before I tried varget, and it worked well also, just not quite as wide of a load window it seems.
  13. bowhunthard

    bowhunthard Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2008
    Hi guys,

    Not sure if anyone of you have seen my site yet, but I bought a 700 VTR in .308 win. Here's a review, and load data for the .308: Remington model 700 VTR.

    My accuracy load with new stock is a 178gr. A-MAX, over 42.5gr. Varget with a CCI BR2 primer in Nosler Custom brass @ about 2500fps. Down to about .25" @ 100yds after cleaning. I need to update the site with recent data for all guns. So keep checking, as most of it is on-going.

    Good luck.
  14. WRG

    WRG Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    I also shoot a M700P TWS in 308. I know your looking for a SMK load but I have a SGK load thats pretty accurate. Mine rifle has a 26" BBL that has to be consider as well. The load is 43.7 grains Varget, 168 SGK 0.050 off lands, Hornady Match brass, CCI BR2 primer. Average velocity was 2720 on 4, 5 shoot strings. All cases had 0.001 or less runout and all had the same weight. All bullets also had the same weight and same ojive measurement to the base of the bullet. This load shot 1/8 CTC "5 shot group" @ 100 meters

    The load was worked up this past January and it was 23 degrees at the time. Varget is not sensitive to temp & humidity so this really shouldn't matter but you should really work it up anyways. Not only did the 168 SGK produce 1/8 CTC groups I also tested the 168 Barnes TTSX and the 165 Swift Sirocco II and they were both right there as well.