What do you think the most popular .308 bullet weight is for long range shooting

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Bman940, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. 147 gr

    1.9%
  2. 150 gr

    9.6%
  3. 168 gr

    55.8%
  4. 180 gr

    32.7%
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  1. Bman940

    Bman940 Well-Known Member

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    What do you think the most popular bullet weight and make is for long range shooting?
    Please stick to loaded ammo and not hand loads.
    thanks,
     
  2. davkrat

    davkrat Well-Known Member

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    I voted for 168 simply because so much of the tactical and target ammo is that weight. You did not put 155 grains on your poll which is the Palma bullet and that is definitely popular for long range shooting.

    I really think that 150 grains is about perfect in my .308 as far as getting the most efficient velocity for the case capacity and with the new copper high BC bullets available I am now only shooting the 150's. Worked fine on last year's deer and hope to test it on another one in 6 weeks.
     

  3. nfhjr62

    nfhjr62 Well-Known Member

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    Voted for 168 also BUT the 175 SMK is getting there also
     
  4. big mike 2121

    big mike 2121 Well-Known Member

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    175 Smk not on list but gets my vote
     
  5. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    If 175 was on the list, that is what I would go for. The problem with 168's is there inability to go to 1000. I will clarify that is mostly with the 168SMK. The 168 a-max will get there just fine. Not sure about the berger, but have a feeling it works fine also.

    Tank
     
  6. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    my vote is for the 175g
     
  7. BountyHunter

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    175 smk
     
  8. SVThuh

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    Another vote for 175 SMK..

    The 168 was really originally developed for 300 yards and really doesn't stay as well stabilized out past 600 yards as the 175's.. The 175 SMK is my bullet of choice out to and past 1000yards.
     
  9. Bman940

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    I appreciate all the responses and PM's. Sorry I didn't add 175 gr.
    The consensus seems to be 168 is fine to 3-400 yards, after that the 175 is king.
    Thanks guys!
     
  10. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    Yep!:cool: To give it credit, the 168 does well to 800. After that it can get a little scary!

    Tank
     
  11. Greyfox

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    I have been shooting 175's a lot, but out to 600 yards in my 308, I would go for the 168 only because I have a lot of time on it and have gotten my best and most cosistant performance with it. While I almost always hand load, in a pinch, factory Federal Match 168's perform excellently and with only minor adjustments to my scope zero and ballistics data if any at all.
     
  12. Camshaft

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    I voted 180 because the 178Amax is in my opinion the best combination of weight and bc for a 308 at extended ranges, at least it is for me.
     
  13. Bman940

    Bman940 Well-Known Member

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    Here's an added twist tot he question. Most of my friends that shoot long range targets don't hunt with these heavy rifles, What bullet would you use for both target and hunting?
     
  14. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    Depends on how far you want to shoot. 150-168 will carry you to 600 easy even in a light rifle. 175-180 is an all around good choice for hunting and target. Pick your poison!

    Tank