Loading a .308?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by kc, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. kc

    kc Well-Known Member

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    What is the best loads and powder that you use.
    Just playing around for the .308 I have been using DUPONT IMR4067 and I have had good luck
    But I need to start with some othe loads and I will be buying about 5 diferent powders, I have used Benchmark,vargut, and a bunch more.Mostly Hodgdon's
     
  2. Moman

    Moman Well-Known Member

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    KC, I've only used the 4064 with BR-2 primers and 175 SMK's. I got lucky with this load as it shoots unbelievable. Check out this link to an article that 6mmBR did a while back it has some good info.

    .308 Winchester Cartridge Guide
     

  3. cinch

    cinch Well-Known Member

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    What rifle are you using and what is your purpose? Shooting paper, short range, long range, hunting? A 308 is probably one of the easiest to load for. They will usually shoot just about anything you want. I use Lapua brass, Varget, CCI250, 155 Scenars, 168Amax, 155NAB.
     
  4. kc

    kc Well-Known Member

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    I meant Dupont IMR4064.
    I realy like my .308 its killed a few deer without any problems..I love Accuracy..I know a rifle can shoot better than me,I just need the Marage of the three..the shooter, the load, the calibre.
    If you have one lets talk.
     
  5. Johnboy

    Johnboy Well-Known Member

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    you never said what the twist was.but for me I like a 168g/175g smk.and 42g-45g of varget/IMR4064.brass is something that I haven't made my mind up on yet.use remington and lapua.both gave me good results.and all of my loads are with CCI primers,BR-2 or 200.my COAL is at SAAMI specs 2.800.but your rifel may not like them that close.try 43g of 4064 with a 168g bullet and 45g of varget.these are the two I use.all so 44g of varget with a 175g bullet.even R15 works good,but I can not remember any of my info at the moment.hope this gives ya an idea of what to do.
    John
     
  6. longrange700

    longrange700 Member

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    My gun likes 4895 and varget, I get 9 fps for a spread with varget so that is what I am using right now my 1in12 liked 175 smk alot but I am hunting with 178 a-maxs they shoot great to my load is 45.4 grains of varget, this over max so start lower and work up, I stopped here but there is still no pressure signs, I am getting 2740 fps with the a-maxs out of the 26 inch tube. gun)
     
  7. McTank

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    Good info on 6mmbr website. A couple of loads listed show 43 Varget for 175 SMK and either a BR2 or FED 210. I followed those recipes and use 43 gr Varget, Lapua brass, FED 210, 175 gr SMK "on the lands". Chrony shows 2600 fps out of a 22" 1:11 Pac-Nor barrel. Smallest group was .196". Average groups are just under 1/2".
     
  8. kc

    kc Well-Known Member

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    I don't know the twist all I can say is its a stock Remington VLS. its about 5 years old.
     
  9. Johnboy

    Johnboy Well-Known Member

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    if this helps.it may be a 1:12 twist.2009 cat. shows that rifel in a 1:12.but you can take a cleaning rod and brass brush to get the twist.run it in all the way,then pull it back to just start it.then put a mark that can be seen at the action were the bolt goes in and pull it makeing 1 complete turn.now make another mark and measure the two marks.you may not get it on the money but you can get a close idea.lightbulb