.308 seating depth for 168gr berger

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by AP218, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. AP218

    AP218 Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    I am trying to work up a load with some 168 gr Berger VLDs. I loaded them long as I could to get them in my box magazine of a remington 700 adl. That put them at 2.830 overall length. They are pretty far off the rifleing. my first groups were about 1 1/4 inch at 100 yrds. I started with 39.0 gr of IMR 3031 and worked up to 43.0. My best groups were with 39.0 and 40.0 grains. I plan to narrow down the powder charge from here. Should I load them longer before I try to narrow down the loads.

    Advice please

  2. RT2506

    RT2506 Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2008
    I have always found the best accuracy with a powder that produced the velocity I wanted then I start playing around with seating depth. The VLDs will shoot a long ways off the lands. Read the sticky at the top of the page about seating Berger bullets.
  3. Mikecr

    Mikecr Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2003
    What you have now could be meaningless.
    Since you're not going to reach the lands, I would just go with any load of your choosing and find best seating using Berger's method.
    Then, I'd start incremental load development with powder changes.