please recommend recipe /powder for .308


December 5, 2008, 05:14 PM
broke my dillon 550 out of storage (8yrs) and got a remington varmint SPS .308 with 26in heavy barrel

before I go and buy the wrong powder / bullets please tell me what you guys use so I can learn from your trials and errors


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December 5, 2008, 05:16 PM
Use for what?

Varmint hunting?
Deer hunting?
Long range match shooting?


December 5, 2008, 06:51 PM
I use WW 748, Varget, H4350 and RL 15. All pretty standard .308 powders. There are others I'm sure. 748 is my favorite of them all.


December 5, 2008, 07:00 PM
There's an EXTREMELY extensive article in Handloader Magazine this month about accuracy loads in .308. It will answer all your questions.

December 5, 2008, 07:02 PM
I like WW748 too, as well as AA2460 for .308, both with mag primers. I use a 550B for .308, and like it a lot, especially if you stick with ball propellants. Pretty much have used nothing but 147 FMJ BT bullets, but you might like to try 165's/168's to wring out great accuracy and establish some sort of baseline results. Classic match powder of choice would be IMR 4895, but I have read very good things about RL-15 as well.

Have fun!

December 5, 2008, 07:10 PM
Powder: Varget
Primers: Fed 210M or CCI BR2's
Case: Lapua, Win match, or LC LR
Powder charge varies on gr of bullet.

I like 155 Scenars, and 155 Berger VLD, and 175gr Berger VLD's. All different powder chargers and seating depth.

December 5, 2008, 08:05 PM
just want to get it sighted in for about 500-600 yds

then I'll be looking for groundhogs to splatter

any good scopes for under $200

December 5, 2008, 08:27 PM
I am guessing you have a stock Rem 700 with a 1:12 twist? It will not handle the 175's as well as a 1:10 twist. Therefore, 155 Berger VLD, 45.8-46.0 gr Varget and a Fed 210M or CCI BR2 primer in a Lapua or Win Match case will do well.

Edit: for 500-600 yards - $200 won't suffice, IMHO.

December 5, 2008, 09:15 PM
I know $200 is gonna be a low end quality of scope but the wife is getting pissy:cuss: because i just spent arounf $3,000 on reloading supplies for my collection and the cost of the remington 700

oh well the fatter she gets the more money I spend on toys--and no i'm not talking the blowup fake hair kind of toys either:D

December 5, 2008, 09:40 PM
Well, I'm not a varminter, though I've taken my share of coyotes and deer with my trusty BLR in 308.

Up here in Alaska, I use 748 with 180 and 200 gr Nosler partitions. My shots have been out to about 250 yards, though I'm planning to go goat hunting for my first time this spring. I'm probably going to go with a lighter bullet for my 308 for that, or just use my 7mm Rem Mag.

Just mentioning this in case other folks tap into the thread looking for the kind of limited insight that I happen to be able to supply.

I load the heavier stuff because the area that I live in (Chugach region) is referred to by folks-in-the-know as a "bear factory," and it's best to have heavier bullets on-board regardless of what you're actually hunting for just in case you run into one of these toothy/hairy suckers inadvertently.

December 6, 2008, 01:14 AM
any good scopes for under $200

Yer kidding right?:uhoh::neener: You said good and under $200 in the same sentence?:scrutiny:

Loading manuals are full of loads you could try for your .308. Our loads may not be good in your rifle.

I always say, if you're looking for shortcuts, go driving. If you want a good load, pick a powder from a manual, and a bullet, and a primer. Then load that into one brand of casing, in increments starting at minimum, up to max. That's the way we all do it, there's no free lunch.

December 6, 2008, 02:17 AM
any good scopes for under $200
You could get a decent temporary scope that could be a hand me down for another rifle, like Luepold VX-1 3x9 x40 ? if you could spend $300-350 I would check out Weaver. I have skimped on scopes and regretted it. good luck

December 6, 2008, 05:53 AM
then I'll be looking for groundhogs to splatter

Give the Speer's 125gr TNT a try, also Hornady's 110gr V-Max, for .308 varmiting.

With H4895 or Varget.

December 6, 2008, 05:57 AM
I have that rifle and mine likes IMR4895 and hornady a max 168 grain or sst 165 grain. I use the sst as an all purpose bullet, its accurate and expands. Without really tweaking my load I can shoot 3/4 in at 150 meters. Good luck!

cracked butt
December 6, 2008, 09:52 AM
165/168 gr sierras with varget or IMR 4064.

December 6, 2008, 01:14 PM
just want to get it sighted in for about 500-600 ydsHokay! :uhoh:

You probably don't want the 125 grain varmint bullets then!


December 6, 2008, 01:49 PM
well I ordered 2,000 bullets from wideners

MBM80B BP 2000 30CAL 145GR FMJBT M80 Bullets $249.00 FREE USPS FLAT RATE S/H

still haven't decided on a powder to buy yet--I'm looking at how well the powder will flow in my Dillon 550

at this point with the possibility of things being taxed or banned I will just pick a powder before even trying them--I must be panic buying so I'm going to do some more research this weekend and then order a couple 8lb jugs--and more primers

yes I'm panic buying for my own sanity and to make me feel all warm and fuzzy--better afe than sorry--or should I say empty handed

December 6, 2008, 08:05 PM
145GR FMJBT M80 Bullets........

I bought those too, but not for accuracy at those ranges:eek: I think you'll be hard pressed to get close to 1 moa. Their more of a plinking round... YMMV

December 6, 2008, 10:21 PM
just want to get it sighted in for about 500-600 yds

then I'll be looking for groundhogs to splatter


You meant looking for groundhogs to scare right?:D The bullets you just bought are not suitable for your intended purpose.


December 6, 2008, 10:52 PM
oh well I couldn't pass up a good deal--I can always buy more--I keep getting mandated for overtime at work anyway--so i spend the money on toys

I work in juvenile justice/treatment--hate it but it pays the bills and its a state job so the benefits are good

December 6, 2008, 11:42 PM
any good scopes for under $200
i dont know how far "good" can swing .....but in at walmart thera it some 4-16x40mm for like 65 bucks, mil dot retical too. i put it on my 22mag and can hold 3/4in very well if i do my part, no drift easy to adjust(bigish knobs and lock rings), actually ok, donno what .308 recoil'd do to it but it handles my gun fine lol (925m)

December 6, 2008, 11:44 PM
No matter what you use it for....3 powders to choose from...

Reloder 15, Varget, IMR 4064

December 6, 2008, 11:48 PM
Well there are some really good scopesout there and there are some pretty good ones and there are some that are good enough. I use bushnell scopes and they are good enough. I have a banner 3-9 x 50 on my .30-06 and a trophy 3-9 x 40 on my 7mm08. now these are deer rifles so it is not quite what you want. But the optics are pretty good, they hold there zero and they are good enough. Look at the bushnell range.

as for .308 powder i load for a mate of mine and i use re 15. nice short well metering grains. the cartridge is pretty full with 150 gr loads.


evan price
December 8, 2008, 01:13 AM
Varget, H335, BL(c)2, 4895, 4064, 3031. I like Varget for accuracy!

December 8, 2008, 03:04 PM
IMR4064 has always been my goto powder on my 308. Though recently I have been dabbling with Ramshot TAC. 45grn of each using 150gr bullets.

December 9, 2008, 11:03 PM
Not responsible for the following information.

Varget 46.0 for both bullets.
RWS primers
Lapua Brass
Dardas Boattail -168 and 190.

These loads won me several competitions over a few decades before arthritis took over. The RWS primers are the main ingredient that transforms a mediocre load into a tremendous load.

December 10, 2008, 03:28 PM
46.0gr of Varget for a 190gr bullet is over max suggested loadings. If anyone tries this - be warned.

December 10, 2008, 08:17 PM
for my .308's i use imr4064 43gr. and for my other 308 i use 43.4gr. of varget pushing 168 gr hornady match and as far as scopes check out the OSPREY scopes for $200 10x40x50mm great on my 308 and 22-250 :neener:

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