Varget and the Sierra 165gr. HPBT

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Center Shot, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. Center Shot

    Center Shot New Member

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    Guys, I am purchasing the new Ruger Gunsight Scout Rifle, in 308 Winchester. I would like to reload for it. I have settled on the Sierra 165gr. HPBT Gameking, and Hodgon Varget powder, Winchester brass, and CCI BR-2 primers.

    I would like a good accurate moderate powered hunting load.

    Could you help me out? I was thinking 43gr. of Varget, do you believe this is to be about right?

    Thanks for your response!
     
  2. Capt Academy

    Capt Academy Well-Known Member

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    I shoot 43 grains of Varget with a 175 SMK's and 43.5 grains of IMR 4064 with a 168 SMK's, with Fed 210 M primers. They both shoot extremely well in my Rem 700 308 rilfe! My elevation is 5000 feet. I used these loads for tactical comp. (1/4" groups)

    The 168 Berger VLD (Hunting) also shot well using 42.5 grains of Varget.

    RL-15 with 45 grains also shoots very well with the 175 SMK's.

    Work up slowly!
     

  3. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

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    "I have settled on the Sierra 165gr. HPBT Gameking, and Hodgon Varget powder, Winchester brass, and CCI BR-2 primers."

    Enjoy your technicool rifle. You've settled on everything but power weigth and OAL; experiment. Our guesses won't be any more predictably accurate than yours.
     
  4. Center Shot

    Center Shot New Member

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    Thanks for responding!

    I know I said that I settled on Varget as my powder, but I have been doing some more research.

    The Ruger Gunsight scout rifle has only a 16 1/2 inch barrel. To get maximum velocity would another faster burning powder be a better choice for such a short barrel? Or would it not make that much difference to worry about?

    I would still like a accurate load. Thanks
     
  5. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

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    All else the same, the powder that obtains highest velocity in a 26" barrel will do the same in a 16" barrel. Muzzle blast would be different tho!

    We would all like someone to give us an accurate load. Unfortunately, it doesn't work like that. If I give you mine and you copied it you would only be loading for my rifle and that's not what you will be shooting; experiment.
     
  6. backwoods83

    backwoods83 Well-Known Member

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    For max speed and accuracy with that case, primer, bullet combo I think 47.5grns RE15 with a 2.825" oal but work up to it. With varget or 4064 at 2.825 max will be around 46grns.