Hornady 178 amax in 308, Any prob w/ 1/12 twist?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by 308, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. 308

    308 Well-Known Member

    Dec 13, 2001
    I picked up a box of Hornady's 178 amax's to try in my 308 the other day and noticed a note to use in rifles w/ 1-10 twist.

    I shot a couple test loads with varget and they seemed to do fine in my 1-12 schneider barrel.
    Granted I only tryed them at 100 yards. I did not chrono them but velocity was probably in the 2700 range.

    Has anyone had any stabilization problems with this bullet in twists slower than 1-10 at 308 velocities?

    If you have or have not would you include the altitude and temp where you were doing your testing.

    I am in Fl and it seems we can get away with longer heavier bullets for our twists than what I read about in other parts of the country. We have several (308's), with 1-12 and 1-14 twist barrels. Here we're about 25' above sea level and a average temp for most of our shooting is probably 75-85 degrees.

    Whats your take? Joey S aka 308
  2. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    I have always wondered about the statement on the box of 1-10x. The reality is that 12x is about as optimum as you can get with the 178 @ 308 velocities. You will NOT have any issues with stabilization.