Tikka t3 lite 308 load

Andy92

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Just picked up a tikka t3 lite 308 sighted it in with federal ammuntion with berger 168gr. Just wondering what load i should start with and a powder for the long range shooting/hunting? Never loaded for a 308, i was thinking to load some nosler accubond long range 168gr? Any start would be great thanks!
 

JJMoody

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Shooting a 308, it’s tough to beat factory federal GMM ammo. My tikka makes some of my custom rifles look silly. It’s almost depressing. I put zero thought into it, grabbed the last few boxes off the shelf and started cloverleafing. Happy shooting..... a 308 can spoil you and ruin your desire to reload lol!
 

Bang4theBuck

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Are you intending to hunt with it? Target shoot? Here are a couple of loading hints that might get you started off well:

Use good brass- Lapua, norma, ADG, alpha, etc.
Find some Varget. Ive yet to find a 398 tgat does t shoot well woth Varget.
Depending on your twist, and intended purpose, here are some bullets that I've used woth lots of success:
Target- 155 Hornady ELDM, Hornady 168 AMAX, Horn 168 ELDM, 168, and 175 Sierra match king, a.d tipped match kings of same weight. 190 match king.
Hunting- 168 Berger classic hunter, 168 AMAX (deer sized animals), 178 ELDX.

Good luck.
 

Graymun

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varget is my favorite but i haven't seen any in a long time. the most accurate bullets iv tried are hornady interlocks flat or boattail 150's. speer 165 hot core or boattail. i shoot mine better with lighter loads, less recoil. i had some luck with imr 4166 and imr 4230. i pushed the 4166 and started getting primers blowing out sometimes, sometimes not. so i backed it way off and could shoot it way better at about 44.5 gr
 

Dmagna

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Varget, imr 4064, vvn550. If you want a target load go with 175 Sierra matchking. And for hunting a good bullet for the job. Bonded for something big and tough, and something no so tough for smaller game
 

Andy92

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Are you intending to hunt with it? Target shoot? Here are a couple of loading hints that might get you started off well:

Use good brass- Lapua, norma, ADG, alpha, etc.
Find some Varget. Ive yet to find a 398 tgat does t shoot well woth Varget.
Depending on your twist, and intended purpose, here are some bullets that I've used woth lots of success:
Target- 155 Hornady ELDM, Hornady 168 AMAX, Horn 168 ELDM, 168, and 175 Sierra match king, a.d tipped match kings of same weight. 190 match king.
Hunting- 168 Berger classic hunter, 168 AMAX (deer sized animals), 178 ELDX.

Good luck.
I have a 1:10 twist and what kind of varget powder? How many grains you using in those loads and at what velocities with the 168gr?
 

JJMoody

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CO_Guy

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My T3 Lite prefers 150gn loads of most any sort and shoots them great. I've been using 46.1gn of Varget under a Hornady GMX or Federal Fusion bullet.
 

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I use Hornady brass, fed210 primer, 175gr SMK HPBT, 44.5gr of Hodogen Varget. works very well. You may want to start a little lower for a powder charge just to be safe. For hunting I would use a 180gr Hornady interlock with varget again.
 

ptb

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I have to say that my tikka 308 did not shoot well with Varget or any of the “traditional” 308 powders. Tried 4 or 5 and not much would group well. CFE 223 shot the best so far. 165 accubonds and 168 bergers. It is a fickle one.....
 

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