Powder for .308 Win with 20" barrel?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Duff, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. Duff

    Duff Well-Known Member

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    Powder for .308 Win with 20\" barrel?

    Reciently bought a Savage FP10 (law enforcement model) with a 20" heavy barrel. Would you guys go to a faster burning powder for the shorter barrel? I planned on trying some Varget with 168 Hornady's. Obviously, I'll let accuracy dictate what I'll end up with, but does it make sense to start with a faster powder, or doesn't it matter much because the .308 isn't overbore? I assume I'll loose approx. 100 fps with the 20 incher vs. a 24" barrel? thanks-Duff
     
  2. QuietHunter

    QuietHunter Well-Known Member

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    Re: Powder for .308 Win with 20\" barrel?

    I did some similar research a while back to determine what would be best for my model 600 Remington. With the information I gleaned I came to the conclusion that powders will not make the big difference with the shorter barrel. The way to be most "efficient" with the shorter barrel was to use a heavier bullet. I would advise Varget and not be to concerned about the velocity loss. I have found short, heavy barrels have a tendency to be very accurate.

    Hope this helps.
     

  3. Duff

    Duff Well-Known Member

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    Re: Powder for .308 Win with 20\" barrel?

    Alright-cool. I'm not really too worried about velocity loss as this will probably be a 400-500 yard target rifle. Thanks for you imput-I am freak'n geeked to shoot this thing! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
  4. GREYGHOSTt

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    Re: Powder for .308 Win with 20\" barrel?

    varget will serve you well it does me.
     
  5. Guest

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    Re: Powder for .308 Win with 20\" barrel?

    As with everybody else I have had good succes with Varget and bullets in the 150-175gr class
    I like H-380 for lighter than 150 and H-4350 for the heavier bullets like 180 or 190
    I had a 20" Savage barrel for a while and it liked 190gr Berger VLD's alot better than any 168gr bullets and the 155gr MatchKing Palma's the best , not sure why but it diden't realy care for the 168-175gr pills it was the first and only one I had ever seen like that
     
  6. sniper2

    sniper2 Well-Known Member

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    Re: Powder for .308 Win with 20\" barrel?

    H414 and 3031 are very good powders for .308 win.