Understanding the 308 win

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  1. TejasRider

    TejasRider Member

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    Used them on a couple of hogs last year at about 75-125 yds. One was about 90lbs the other was 130. The smaller one wasn't great placement and we tracked it about 25 yds. The larger one took maybe 2 or 3 steps and that was it.
     
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  2. John Porter

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    Just built what I call the "Slammer". A 308 with a slow twist 1:14 28" barrel that was going crazy cheap because of the "tight twist craze". On a Howa action and muzzle brake in a GRS Berserk stock. Fed with .308, 110g Hornady SP 3010 pills over 49.6 grains of IMR 8208 XBR and S&B primers for around 3200 fps. That equates to over 2800 foot pounds of whoop-*Rule 4 Violation*, and out to about 300 yards [which is all an old half blind fart like me can responsibly do] it's lights out on anything. Dose way more damage than my Creedmoor with 147g pills at that distance. Currently shooting 0.5 moa before even doing seating depth adjustments.
     
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  3. Poppadoer

    Poppadoer Well-Known Member

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    Ok,thanks,that's what I wanted to hear.So they do the job........I'll be working up some loads with the Barnes.
     
  4. Racemike

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    Two of my favorite rifles are in 308, an old browning lever, and a sako. Love the 308 it is so versatile I’ve loaded down to like 130 g bullets up to 180g. It’s easy to load not finicky about powders I like the imr 4064 43.5g to 44.5g, nosler partitions or Sierra 165g. Deer, pig, I’ve loaded it pretty hot before and have good luck with putting some get up and go in it pushing 3000 FPS. I’ve used the 3031 and 4895 and had good accuracy. I own 300 mags ect but wouldn’t be scared to take it elk hunting, the more I shot it and seen what it does got a lot of confidence it it. I know people that use 270s and 06’s I think this is superior for knock down power up to 400yds.
     
  5. John Klingenberg

    John Klingenberg Well-Known Member

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    You almost cant ever go wrong with .308. The reloading data, infinite bullet selection combinations and availability still make it a winner. In my experience the Remington stock guns are great and there should be a load that shoots sub MOA without too much effort at all. If somewhere down the line you decide you dont like the caliber you can swap the barrel with a remage and have a 260, a creedmoor in any flavor, or a myriad of cartridges with only a barrel swap. You have a good rig.
     
  6. Poppadoer

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    I use the imr 4895,h 4895,more than other powders.I get good results also..308 it's a great gun in my opinion.Happy reloading.
     
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  7. DSheetz

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    I'm glad this got posted as I'm new to the 308 myself I've driven a 30-06 mostly . I built an AR10 in 308 that I traded for a Rem SPS in 308 thankful for all the info too .
     
  8. elk wallow

    elk wallow Active Member

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    I load 130gr ttsx in my daughters 308 They shoot great. She had shot several deer, a cougar and a nice black bear, none went more than 30 yds. Bullet always exited with quarter to golf ball size hole
     
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  9. Poppadoer

    Poppadoer Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like they're going to do the job.
     
  10. Don A Parsons

    Don A Parsons Well-Known Member

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    I kept my 1 F Class / now PRS 308 since its fun to shoot,,, 175 to 187 gr boolitz,,, there golden in my shooting sports and hunting...

    What's not to like about the old 08...

    Gongs and paper at 900+ Meters,,, critters at 1 to 400 easy.

    Oh Yha,,, bring on the good times
     
  11. goodkid1

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    Lete me second all of Mudrunner's words. I have two 308's (Savage 10 and H.S. Precision HTR Takedown). I also have a 6.5 Creedmoor, and I don't think of them as doubling up at all. His load advice is the same as mine. I shoot 42.5 of Varget with Sierra 168 MatchKings, giving me sub .5 MOA in both rifles.
     
  12. joseph singleton

    joseph singleton Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    You could always talk yourself out of trouble with you hand in the cookie jar :D:p LOL
     
  13. Popapi

    Popapi Well-Known Member

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    Thanks
     
  14. lefty308

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    IMO, its the best all around cartridge there is. Easily capable of taking any North American Big game, and it can be loaded down to 110gn bullets for varmint hunting.

    With 168 or heavier, tight groups at 1000yards is no problem, tons of data for reloads, tons of components, barrels, low recoil, etc.

    There are cartridges better for long range target, there are better varmint rifles, there are cartridges that have more energy for hunting, but I dont see any that can "do it all" as well as the 308. It would be my choice if I could only have one.

    Shoot it, and enjoy it!
     
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