While mostly true, it was not the Ops question, and in some competitions, your choices are not allowed. The Palma matches required 308/7.62x51 and the 155 gr bullet. When I shot mil semiauto 1,000 comp, it was basically 30-06 or 308, and given the ease of tuning a good 308 load in my NM M1A, it was a no brainer.What's ideal, and what a lot of people do, can be completely different.
I don't like any cartridge that is underpowered, or even overpowered, for intended use.
We have choices,, and a 308 doesn't have to be used for 1kyd.
I wouldn't choose it, or something like a 6PPC, for 1kyd..
Yeah I could point anything high enough and reach that distance and beyond. 22LR can do that.
Or, I could choose a 6BR variant, or many better suited cartridges, and everything I want gets easier.
One thing is for sure -it all begins with bullets.
Pick a LR bullet, and put a capacity behind it and barrel in front of it to get there like you should.
I have been shooting last weekend at 880 meters to a target in a championship and I had a very big problem because the bullets came subsonic to the target and the sensor did not detect most of them. It was strange because I used my usual load and it never happened. I used a Remington 700 milspec 5r in 308w. The load was with Sierra HPBT 168gr, brass Lapua, primers Murom and 44.8gr of Swiss powder RS50. This was the maximum load with good precision. If I use more powder then it wouldn't be under 0,5MOA and I don't want that.
I would like you to recommend me a good load for shooting at least 1000-1100 yards with a good margin, for not being subsonic at that distance. Could you help me? I have already tried TMK 168gr, TMK 195gr and HPBT 175gr with bad results. The last one was the best in precision, but with over pressure.
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My barrel length is 24". I have exactly the same rifle that you have. For me 175gr Matchking worked extremely well in accuracy, but my most accurate load was overpressured and I had problems opening the bolt. So I discard it. Did you have better results with 175 Matchking or with 175 Tipped Matchking?What is your barrel length ? 20" or 24" ?
I have a Remington 700 SS 5R Milspec , .308 Win. , with a 24" barrel , 1:11.25" twist that I shoot Sierra 175gr Matchking and 175gr Tipped Match King bullets , at just over 2700 FPS , and I have no trouble at 1000 yards , and out to 1200 yards .
Federal Gold Medal brass , Winchester large Rifle primers , and Hodgdon Varget , or IMR 4064 powders , 2.815" overall length , that fit into the factory magazine .
Both powders shoot with equal accuracy , but the Varget is slightly faster velocity (2740 FPS) and more temperature stabilized than the IMR 4064 (2710 FPS) .
I have shot both of these powders in F-TR 1000 Yard matches .