308winlongrange, I have done extensive testing with the 210, 215 and 230's from 1 in 10 twist 300 wins. For your 308 I would encourage you to look strongly at the 215 Hybrid targets. The BC is not far behind the 230's and the shorter bearing surface has shown me some velocity. Actually I can send the 215's 50 fps faster than I can the 210's. I have seen the 208's in a 308 perform very well and I really think the 215 Bergers have something to offer you. Plus, they have proven to be very effective on game from my 300 win with cold bore kills out to 1285 yds. I feel that they would work even better with the lower velocity of the 308 to it's effective distance.yes it may be a heavy pill but by my calculations if i can lob it out of the tube at velocity close to 2300 than it will not actually go transonic untill around the 1400-1425 yard mark and the wind buck on these bullets is spectacular i know it is a long shot but mab be worth trying i have loaded the 208 amax in my surgeon action hart barrel 1/10 twist 22.85'' at 2481 and had superb results all the way out to 1400 and out to 1300 sub moa on paper the 1400 was shooting rocks
FWIW, I've loaded the Hornady 225gr BTHP in my 308. Here are the particulars,hello i'm new to this page and i have been doing alot of research on the 230gr berger vld and otm but am to yet find of anyone loading them into a 308 winchester if any of you have would love to get any info possible
Shane, I was hoping you would see this thread. You have more experience on this topic than anyone I know and I have seen your rifles shoot. I have some 215's I will give you to test if you want to try them. I think there could be something here for the smaller cased .308's and would love to hear your opinion after you tested them. I know they gave my 300 win a boost in both velocity and accuracy and I feel it would be the same in the 308. Just might be the perfect bullet for the ELR 308 guys.The 215 Berger does look like a winner, great balance of weight, BC, velocity potential.
I would have never thought a short barreled 308 with a 12 twist would have stabilized that bullet. 2500 ftps with your rifle is great with that chunk of lead. I shoot a 185 hybrid with a 28 inch tube. I planned on trying the 215 Hybrid with my next barrel that will go on my rifle which will be a 30 or 31 inch 10 twist. Hell, I might give em a whirl with my current barrel.FWIW, I've loaded the Hornady 225gr BTHP in my 308. Here are the particulars,
moly'd Hdy 225gr BTHP
RL17 - 48.0gr
OAL 3.08" (.008" off lands)
Rem 700 Varmint barrel, 1/12 twist, 20.5"
MV - 2500 fps
Elevation 4500', sub-moa at 100 and 1200 yards.
Tried going to a mile, caught a few splashes but overall inconclusive results at that distance. Not sure if it was still stable or not.
The advertised BC is .67-ish. My shooting results were more like .71.
The 215 Berger does look like a winner, great balance of weight, BC, velocity potential.