Barnes and Varget

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by amtmn, Feb 17, 2004.

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  1. amtmn

    amtmn Member

    Sep 5, 2003
    I've been reloading .308 for a while now and was thinking of using Barnes XLC or Triple X to work up an elk load for next season.

    Does anyone know if Varget can be used for a Barnes 180 grain in this caliber?

    Also, is there any concern that Barnes causes excessive wear in the bore since its pure copper? Would XLC reduce this?

  2. LDO

    LDO Well-Known Member

    Sep 23, 2003
    when i shot the barnes bullets in my .308 i used the 165g xlc with h4895.varget worked ok,but the 4895 just worked better.due to the construction [and personal experience]of that bullet i personally dont think the 180g is neccesary for elk[barnes even recomends dropping a bullet weight from what you would normally use or standard jacketed bullets].the coated 165g pills were right at 2900fps[a little warm in my rifle] and penetrated like crazy on a variety of game including elk out to 360yds.i never did find one,and exit wounds were about the size of a half dollar.they were a real pain in the *Rule 4 Violation* to get to shoot,shot around 1" at 100yds,but at 300yds would group into around 1.5"-go far as barrel wear goes i doubt it would be anymore damaging than any other bullet,just fouls more[at least for me].if you can get them shoot at an accepable degree,you wont be