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308 Winchester

Discussion in 'Reloading/Ammunition' started by nonnieselman, Oct 3, 2017.

  1. nonnieselman

    nonnieselman Nocturnal Specialties

    So what kinda ammo/load do you prefer?

    Light and fast?

    Medium and medium?

    Heavy and slow?

    I'm working with a 18" 11 twist barrel so I'm gonna try some 125gr loads to tinker with since I got a bunch for cheap.
    Mainly want something to bust coyotes and stuff with. If they will group good around 2900 fps it should be a nice load.

    I've got thousands of 175 smk and 165 sst. But that's gonna fall back on before I wear the barrel out.



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  2. Sneaky

    Sneaky Distinguished Poster

    Light and fast for flatter trajectory inside 4-500. Heavier and slower for less wind drift past 4-500 due to the higher BC.
     
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  3. MrFrankZ

    MrFrankZ Distinguished Poster

    ^^^What he said. For hunting, I preferred a light little bullet in 308.

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  4. Leadburner

    Leadburner Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    Nonnie, I just got my 308 up & going pretty good. It's got a 22" 1&10 barrel on it. I settled in on two loads. Sierra 168 mk's & 185 berger juggernauts. The Sierra's grouped a tad better than the bergers from a 100 yard zero out to 700 yards. But at 1000 yards there was no comparison. The juggernauts out shined the MKs by a large margin. Running the juggernauts kind of slow at 2500 fps but man their accurate way out there. LB
     
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  5. nonnieselman

    nonnieselman Nocturnal Specialties

    I scored some 125 grain TMKs for cheap so i got 2000 of them to tinker with. Also have some 125 SST and 125 Sierra Pro Hunters and 125 grain Nosler BT's.

    I did load up another 200 147gr FMJs last night just to blast with. But for this rifle i doubt id take it past 400 yards unless it just shot really good.

    I loaded 185gr Berger Classic Hunters in my boss 308 and they shot amazing out to 600 yards. But i never had any luck with any of the 168gr bullets in any of my 308s, the 175s always shot better.
     
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  6. rrharris

    rrharris I can't right now I'm busy.

    I could never get the 168 smk or the ncc to shoot near as good as the 175 smk either. 150 gamekings shoot very good out of my 18" 308. I cut a 22in savage barrel down and put on a receiver I already had. 168's do not shoot well out of it either...?
     
  7. Sum Gy Custom Firearms

    Sum Gy Custom Firearms Distinguished Poster

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    some of the smallest groups I have ever shot out of a .308 was with the 165 grain speer boattaail spire point over 47 grains of reloader 15 and federal gold match primers1/10th inch groups are common
     
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  8. Caleb C

    Caleb C Distinguished Poster

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    I've been shooting 180 gr Game Kings for years. They work very well on deer. The trajectory is less than impressive though. I don't think they'd work well in your 18" barrel.

    150-165 gr is a good do-all weight.
     
  9. nonnieselman

    nonnieselman Nocturnal Specialties

    Forgot i do have alot of the Sierra 165 grain BTHP Game Kings. Ill have to give them a try also.
     
  10. Caleb C

    Caleb C Distinguished Poster

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    That would be my first choice.
     
  11. fatgnome

    fatgnome Distinguished Poster

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    This has never let me down.165 gr nosler bt, 41grns imr 4895, 2.795 in length. Rem 700 stock factory barrel.
     
  12. nonnieselman

    nonnieselman Nocturnal Specialties

    For hunting or just blasting?

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  13. rrharris

    rrharris I can't right now I'm busy.

    Ha I shoot 165 nosler btips out of my 22in savage. Varget and 210m
     
  14. MrFrankZ

    MrFrankZ Distinguished Poster

    Hunting. 125 will make good velocity out of a short barrel at short to mid range with less recoil. If I'm killing paper, heavy every time.
     
  15. nonnieselman

    nonnieselman Nocturnal Specialties

    What powder did you have good luck with the 125s?

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  16. MrFrankZ

    MrFrankZ Distinguished Poster

    I used BL-C(2)
     
  17. nonnieselman

    nonnieselman Nocturnal Specialties

    Ever tried XBR8208 with the lighter bullets?

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  18. Richard

    Richard Distinguished Poster

    Just loaded 20 rds of 8208 xbr under the Sierra Pro Hunter 125's, 44.8 grns, 210m's, 2.706 coal. The 125 and 150's are my favorite in the 20" Tikka / 1:12 twist, .308.
     
  19. nonnieselman

    nonnieselman Nocturnal Specialties

    Is 44.8 a light load?
    I see hodgdon list their min at 46 and max at 49.2 with the 125 Seirra 125 2.700"