What a difference ammo makes...

DoubleGobble00

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 5, 2007
Messages
323
I did a comparison of two different federal 308 ammo with the same gun. I'm shooting a Savage 308 model 10 with Mcmillan A3 and a thunder beast ultra 9. The first ammo is the Federal Soft Point 180 grains. The next ammo is Federal Gold Metal Match 168 grain Sierra matchkings... Both of these groups were at 100 yards. The 180 Soft points shot about 2" group and the 168 Sierra was about 3/4 to 1/2 inch group. Now I just need to find a hunting ammo that shoots this good.
IMG_6611.JPG

IMG_6613.JPG

IMG_6614.JPG


DoubleG
 

MudRunner2005

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 13, 2008
Messages
14,708
Location
Alabama
I know not everyone has the time, money, or resources to handload their own ammo, but that is truly the best route for precision and consistent accuracy from your gun. Having taylor-made ammo for your particular rifle will always beat something mass-manufactured out of a box.
 

DoubleGobble00

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 5, 2007
Messages
323
You are right. I use to handload but due to limited time, I'm shooting factory for a while. I had these 180 soft points for sighting in guns then switch it better quality ammo. If you can't handload, the higher quality factory ammo really makes a difference but can't beat handholds except maybe some ABM ammo I have for a 300 win mag. The ABM has been pretty dang good.
 

WeiserBucks

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 16, 2016
Messages
1,765
If you're going to use factory ammo for hunting , I've had great success with the offerings from Nosler in several rifles.
 

J E Custom

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 29, 2004
Messages
10,725
Location
Texas
If one decides to shoot factory ammo, I suggest trying all you can find
to try. The difference from one to the other even the same brand is alarming. This is how to look for an ammo that has the right bullet weight and design, the right primer and powder and the right velocity
to get the best harmonics for your barrel. It is just like working up an accuracy load. Factory ammo that uses custom bullets are a good start.

J E CUSTOM
 

lancetkenyon

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 3, 2013
Messages
3,343
Location
Arizona
Shoot the Fed GMM. The 168 SMK will kill anything if you out the bullet where it needs to go. I shoot a lot of SMKs for hunting in various rifles.
 

DoubleGobble00

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 5, 2007
Messages
323
I've had good luck with Nosler also. So far, ABM with bergers and Nosler Accubond have been the best factory ammo besides the Federal Gold Metal Match which I can't hunt with. My buddy does well with Hornady Precison Hunter also. I've been wanting to try some HSM and Hornady Precison in my 300 RUM.... I'm really interested in Berger ammo when it finally releases.
 

Prieto9000

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 11, 2010
Messages
443
I had similar results with my cz-550 tacticool but using handholds. 178 ELD-X bullets were awful and 165 SST were awesome. I decided to try 168 ELD-M. I believe the 1:12 twist is better suited for the lighter bullets.
 

Ancuegar

Member
Joined
Nov 2, 2015
Messages
15
I made the switch to Choice Ammunition about a year ago. its shoots well in all my rifles once I found the load each rifle liked. its 100% handloaded ammo at factory ammo pricing. in my 308 I have been shooting the 178 gr ELDX offering. if you call them up, they can build you a test pack of different offerings to see which one you like. they all are easy to get ahold of and welcome any feedback to their ammo.
 

Capt RB

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 1, 2014
Messages
1,865
Federal accubond shoots similar to the 168fgmm so does the 165 gameking load they sell. Neither would be considered a long range load , but more than adequate for inside of 400yds on deer sized game.
If your not opposed to 150gn bullets. The deer xp load from winchester is a very quick killer. It also shot very accurately through my 6.5creed.
 

MudRunner2005

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 13, 2008
Messages
14,708
Location
Alabama
Well... For the right price, Taylor might be willing to... Taylor might also have to check with his boss who has a class III manufacturing FFL, and does manufacture ammo, so, Taylor would have to see if his boss would let him make some on the weekend, but use his boss's FFL to ship it. ;)

"Taylor" has been known to make some hellacious .308 Win ammo... :D
 

Primary

LRH Assistant
Here are some related products that LRH members are talking about. Clicking on a product will take you to LRH’s partner, Primary, where you can find links to LRH discussions about these products.

 
 
Top