Best .308 Load for Mid Range Deer

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by jharris308, Aug 31, 2012.

  1. jharris308

    jharris308 Well-Known Member

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    Gentlemen,
    I'm looking for your opinion on good mid range (out to 400/450 yards) .308 loads for whitetails. Primarily looking for opinions on bullets with good performance for both accuracy and sufficient energy/expansion, but would love to see the associated loads.

    FYI, these loads will be fired from a stock Browing A-bolt, 22" sporter contour.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. KPB71

    KPB71 Well-Known Member

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    My Savage FCP 308
    168gr VLD
    Varget
    45.0gr
    fed210m
    2.800
     

  3. D.ID

    D.ID Well-Known Member

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    Given the range and the soft target: You could use anything from a 150 flat base up threw the 208 a-max. The energy and velocity needed are easily accomplished with about anything that drives tacks from your gun. I use 208 A-max and r17 in my 308 or 150 sierra pro hunter with varget in my 7.62x54r (308win Russian version) and they both work great for mid range dear.
     
  4. reeldawg

    reeldawg Well-Known Member

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    +1 for the VLD load. I shoot the same load, 45.0 grains of Varget 168 VLD and a 210M primer out of a 25 year old Remington 700.
     
  5. backwoods83

    backwoods83 Well-Known Member

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    If you don't care to buy Bergers for whitetail, the best generic load that comes to mind, I load a lot of this round, is Win brass, CCI BR2 primers, 46grns Varget, 168grn Nosler BT, 2.835" OAL, yes it is at the upper pressure limit, but it works great and runs about 2840fps from a 24" barrel, just be careful.
     
  6. jharris308

    jharris308 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys. I'd pretty well decided on the bergers, but might give the Noslers a chance. I like the varget, so I'll be pushing it with that. What groups are you getting out of stock rifles with these loads? Never reloaded for this browning, so I'm sure I'll have to fool with the coal some to get it right.

    Thanks again.
     
  7. backwoods83

    backwoods83 Well-Known Member

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    My savage has shot the 168nbts from .21-.34" for 5 shots, liltank has used the nosler over alliant ar-comp and got a .117" for 3 shot group from his savage with a lothar barrel.
     
  8. reeldawg

    reeldawg Well-Known Member

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    I am getting sub moa out to 300.
     
  9. jlamb

    jlamb Well-Known Member

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    I used Nosler 180 grain Accubonds and 43.0 grains of Varget. I was shooting about .75 MOA out to 500 yards.
     
  10. whauptjr

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    I am going to try the barnes 130 gr. ttsx.Best looking bullet i've ever seen for 308.Ball c 2 or H4895 for powder.168 gr and 180 grain way too heavy for the 308 to hunt deer imho.130 gr. barnes is as long as 150 nosler ballistic tip!
     
  11. Centxshooter

    Centxshooter Well-Known Member

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    Been using 44 grians Varget and 165 gr SST's and have benefited from each shot with freezer meat gun)