.308 best bullet weight

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  1. elarteperfecto

    elarteperfecto Member

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    In a 1-12 twist rate .308 barrel, wich is the best bullet weight for long range shooting?
    Thanks in advance
     
  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    In a Berger, about the heaviest I can see working would be a 185 or 190 VLD.

    My .30-06 AI has a 26" 1:12 barrel on it, and I use the 185 VLD's.

    If you had an 11 or 11.25 twist, you could go with the 210 VLD's, like I shoot in my .308 Win.
     

  3. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    I don't know about best for your particular rifle but most of my friends that have similar rifle twist to yours shoot the 168 A-Max and 168 Berger VLD.

    Good luck!
     
  4. teflonhunter

    teflonhunter Well-Known Member

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    175 Bergers shoot well for me.
     
  5. wbyfireman

    wbyfireman Well-Known Member

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    +1 for 175 gr. military snipers typically use 173gr in .308 as they conclude this is the most accurate combo for the job. 175's will keep your round above supersonic better the the 165's.
     
  6. gohring3006

    gohring3006 Well-Known Member

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    178 gr. Hornady hpbt or 178gr. Amax
     
  7. MMERSS

    MMERSS Well-Known Member

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    My $.02 it depends. I’ve had great success with weights from 155 up to 185 all capable of MOA out to 1000 yards. Choosing a bullet in this weight range with an SG (stability factor) of 1.4 or greater and a low Form Factor would be a good place to start.
     
  8. Canadian Bushman

    Canadian Bushman Well-Known Member

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    Whats the length of your barrel?
     
  9. Rick Richard

    Rick Richard Well-Known Member

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    I shoot 168 grain Amax out of my 5R.
     
  10. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    You should try the 210 VLD's loaded with Varget and pressed up to the lands. Sure ain't the fastest load, but it's damn-accurate in mine. :cool:
     
  11. elarteperfecto

    elarteperfecto Member

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    The barrel lenght is 24".
    Thanks for the replies :D
     
  12. Canadian Bushman

    Canadian Bushman Well-Known Member

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    My opinion
    175 smk or the 185 berger vld
     
  13. Unofficial Gun Addict (UGA)

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    Every barrel digests bullets a little differently, and even if there are 2 rifles of the same make, model, and caliber sitting next to each other, the tolerances that the manufacturers use during production can create two rifles of the same design that don't like the same pills. The heaviest weight recommended for the 308 with a 1in12, from a chart I screenshot some time ago as a reference, suggests that 170 would be the upper limit weight-wise to be stabilized. I have found that these guidelines are just that... Guidelines, not the rule.

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    I would recommend trying some bullets in the range of 165-175 and see how they fly. If 175s go, try some 180+. I definitely wouldn't throw down money (unless you have a lot of it) on anything in the 190+ to 200+ range until you confirm something lighter stabilizes well. Heck.... If you can find a buddy who has some... Give em a shot. You just never know until you try.

    The heavier bullets have a higher BC than the lighter pills, but if they don't stabilize and are cadywhompus in flight, a higher BC isn't going to mean very much.

    Personally... I think the 168s are pretty sweet. My tikka likes them, 1in11 20", and my winchester m70 coyote lite likes them, 1in12 24". I'm using Berger VLD Hunting currently and very pleased. Heard good things about the 168 hybrids, but might be tough to find.

    Whatever you choose, good luck and have lots of fun.

    James
     
  14. elarteperfecto

    elarteperfecto Member

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    Very good info, thank you all for the replies. Best regards.