.308 win 20" barrel 200gr Accubond load development

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  1. Ultra25-06

    Ultra25-06 Active Member

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    Been interested in seeing what kind of performance I would get. Havent been able to find much info anywhere with this caliber and bullet combo. I plan to update this as I tinker for anyone interested.

    Rifle - Savage 11, .308 win, 20" barrel, accutriger , factory stock, bipod

    Scope - Bushnell elite 10x

    Brass - OFV (mill surplus)?, only unused .308 I had around, not the best. Only prep work FL size and trim. Plan to try virgin win and lapua in the future when I can get my hands on some.

    Bullet - 200gr Nosler Accubond

    Primer - Rem mag LR

    Powder - IMR 8208 XBR

    The load data contained in this forum is intended for use with specific components. Other manufacturers components may not produce equivalent pressure or velocities; therefore, it is recommended that the user be familiar with the basic rules of reloading safety.

    todays weather - 32F, 27 dew point, 79 humid, 23mph nw

    35.5gr
    2158fps
    es 66

    36gr
    2180fps
    es 49

    36.5gr
    2040fps
    es 1162

    37gr
    2266fps
    es 93

    37.5gr
    1941fps
    es 149

    38gr
    2314fps
    es 21

    38.5gr
    2328fps
    es 57

    39gr
    2425fps
    es 34

    39.5gr
    2382fps
    es 35

    Never had a sticky bolt or supposed pressure signs for any loads.

    All 5 shot groups, 100yds, all groups sub moa, will post pics for each load when time allows. Not the best results but I belive the brass is part of my problem flash hole are about as far from uniform as one could imagine and may be crappy brass to begin with.

    Im not sure if the es spread is from the wind shaking the chrono or not. Would like to see teens or single digits but this is only the first load development. I need to try good brass, diff primers, etc... I have 3 lbs of Imr 8208 XBR so that will be my powder for the time being.

    The drop in velocity from 39gr to 39.5gr has me wondering. Can anyone chime in as to why? I would also like to know approx. pressure if anyone has the software and doesnt mind spending the time.

    Untill next time.
     
  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    I just have 1 question......... Why? LOL

    I'm really not trying to sound like a smartass, But I am curious what you would be hunting with it? B/c if you're hunting at long distance, there's alot heavier-hitting calibers for .30 bullets to shoot that 200gr AB in...
     

  3. Ultra25-06

    Ultra25-06 Active Member

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    Pure boredom and long winters. (Minot Nd) look it up. No fun. I am from Idaho myself but am stationed in ND.
     
  4. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    LOL Understandable. I was just curious. But I bet for 5-600 yard deer hunting that bastard would thump hard!

    The thought had crossed my mind before several times when looking at boxes of them in the store, but I decided against it.

    I have been thinking about (just for sh*ts and giggles) loading up some 220gr Bergers for my Rem 700 5R .308. I wonder how the 11.25 twist barrel would handle them... It loves the 168's and 175's.
     
  5. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    It should work well walking old skid roads for bear and elk in N Idaho. I would think even with a 20" barrel cracking 2400fps should be achievable. I've seen a couple of loads that made 2500fps. BLc2 being the main one. Good brass is hard to come by these days, another primer powder combo might work. I do a similar thing with the 220's in 30-06. I haven't played with a 308. It seems like the 200 match kings and such were/are popular with the metal silhouette folks. Should be good data out there if you expand your search.
     
  6. Nomad

    Nomad Banned

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    You might to take a look at Reloader - 17. Using it in federal cases getting 2762 with a 180gr
    bullet.......Lots of information on snipershide......Sniper's Hide Forums
    Lots of information of people shooting it from a 20" 308.....Montana Marine is the man that has a great deal of testing.....
     
  7. smallbutfierce

    smallbutfierce Well-Known Member

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    2nd the rl-17. Got 2600 with 208 amax with 49 grains just yesterday. Win brass, br2 primers. 22" 11.25 twist barrel. My rifle is built on a long action, so they are just under 3" coal. I got faster working up, but groups opened up.
     
  8. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    I use Varget for my .308 and 7mm-08 ammo. Works excellently for me.
     
  9. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    I've have an 18 1/2" and 20" 308 BAR, what might be a good load for it, whitetail, hogs and black bear? Any ideas for me. Just starting to re-load for it. It shot 150 grain Hornady's SST superperformance pretty well. Powder and bullet ideas? Range, 300-500.