200 yard / .308 target


Redneck with a 40
November 6, 2009, 07:25 PM
Here's a pic of the rifle and my 200 yard groups today. I fired 5 (4) shot groups today, prone with a bipod.

My load is 44.5 grains of IMR-4895, Nosler 168 gr HPBT, Rem 9-1/2 primer, Rem case, 2.810" COL.

One group was trash at 3", but the rest were good in my book, 1.2", 1.6", 1.7" and 2". I think I've got a load here.:) My barrel was getting warm toward the end, could be part of the reason they were opening up a little.

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November 6, 2009, 07:34 PM
Looks like you're getting the hang of this shooting stuff. Good job! Glad you're having fun too.


November 6, 2009, 08:39 PM
Good shooting! I just loaded up some 168gr SMK over IMR4895, and Sierras load data starts at 38.2 to a max of 41.3gr. My loads are gonna be pretty weak compared to yours. What kind of velocity were you getting?

Redneck with a 40
November 6, 2009, 08:43 PM
I'm going off of Hodgdon's on-line data, starting load is 41 grains, max is 45.4. I didn't have my chrono with me today, but I'll bet they are 2600-ish, which is fine.:) I was getting 2640 fps at 44.8 grains last weekend, but they weren't as accurate. 44.5 was noticeably better.:)

I'm also going to turn my scope up 3 clicks, should put me about a 1/2" high at 200 yds.

November 6, 2009, 08:47 PM
Aren't 168 Nosler's great? Isn't IMR 4895 great?

If a 308 won't shoot well with a 168 Match bullet and IMR 4895, something is seriously wrong.

I would not call a 3" group at 200 yards trash. It is simply not as small as your other groups.

Good shooting.

November 6, 2009, 10:19 PM
my favorite part are the smiley faces.

but nice job. i need to start handloading

November 6, 2009, 10:32 PM
I was going to nit pic a little bit; then i re read ; prone, with a bipod!!
not bad homie, what were your conditions like, and did you have your bipod sitting on anything smooth, so the legs could slide around a bit?

Redneck with a 40
November 6, 2009, 10:37 PM
It was sunny, about a 10mph tailwind, 65 degrees. I was shooting on some forest service land, so I was on a pad, bipod was on the dirt, so there may have been some movement.

I'll continue to shoot this load, see how consistent it is. If I can do this again next weekend, then its a winner.:)

I figured my best group would be the center target cluster, that's the easiest part of the target to see, so my reaction was.....hell yeah!, 1.2 inches baby!:D

I forgot to mention, the rifle is a Remmy 700 SPS Tactical with the 20" heavy barrel......its badass.

November 7, 2009, 09:46 AM
Alright Redneck, I found some old data from Speer #11, with 44gr as max. I hammered my 40.0, 40.5 loads apart and went with 41.0, 42.0, 43.0 Were off to go shoot, and I'll see if these shoot as good as my Varget load:D

November 7, 2009, 02:25 PM
Good shooting man! That 1.2 inch group is close to half MOA right there. Nice looking rifle too. What scope is that?

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
November 7, 2009, 03:29 PM
Since you're "redneck with a .40", I thought we might see some .408 (.40 Cheytac) groups, too; dang! But good shooting there. :)

Redneck with a 40
November 7, 2009, 05:02 PM
Nikon Pro-Staff 3-9x40, it was already mounted and zero'd when I bought the rifle. I like it, sharp, bright, and clear.

November 7, 2009, 08:38 PM

4/5 smiley faces = a gold star, a check ++, and a pat on the back

great work

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