Start load and Bullet for .308 Win

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by scsims, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. scsims

    scsims Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    336
    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2007
    Hello, I am new to reloading for the 308 and was hoping some seasoned 308 shooters could provide the most used bullet and powder for a 1 in 12" twist Remington 700.
     
  2. Ian M

    Ian M Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,410
    Joined:
    May 3, 2001
    Hard to beat 44-46 grains of Varget with a 168 Hornady AMAX or Sierra Matchking, overall length that works for me is 2.830".
    Also try 44-45 grains of Varget with the 175 Sierra Matchking, same OL.

    Good luck, hope you find an accurate load.
     

  3. mgd45

    mgd45 Member

    Messages:
    8
    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2008
    That is pretty much my load too.......44 grains of Varget with a 168 grain Hornady A-MAX or BTHP bullet with an OAL of 2.800". This replicates the Horandy 168 gr. TAP .308 ammo perfectly.
     
  4. milanuk

    milanuk Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    806
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2002
    On the off chance that Varget either doesn't work for you (I'd be shocked) or isn't readily available in your area... 43-44gr of RE-15 behind a 175gr SMK seated to magazine length (2.800") works very well out of a lot of rifles. Similar loads exist with IMR4064 & IMR4895. Any good load manual should get you going in no time.
     
  5. scsims

    scsims Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    336
    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2007
    Has anyone used AA2520, I have read that it meters well and was popular in benchrest matches.
     
  6. milanuk

    milanuk Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    806
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2002
    I don't think anyone has used a .308 Winchester in BR matches (group) for decades. Lord only knows what they used back then. Even Hunter BR (score) shooters rarely use a .308, and when they do, it's usually with very light (130-ish gr) projectiles in a very slow twist relative to what most common .308s use - so the results don't exactly relate to anything you might have handy.

    That said... AA2520 used to get used by some folks in the .308 when the M1A was still popular for High Power Rifle matches... like a decade or so ago. Pluses were that it meters very well, being a fine ball powder. Minuses include being a ball powder and somewhat temp sensitive as a result, and from what I've heard, massive variations between lots, as people have reported finding 8# jugs of 2520 manufactured in several different countries. Not first hand information, so take it for what its worth.

    Will it work? Sure. Would it be my first choice? No. Varget or RE-15 would fill that slot. If I were inclined towards a ball powder, Ramshot TAC does pretty well for some.
     
  7. CapDog

    CapDog Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    207
    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2006
    Another vote for Varget and any of the Hornady match bullets. So far the most accurate load in my .308 is the 168gr A-max set at a COL of 2.825 over a charge of 44gr. It will shoot 1/2 MOA all day long.