Anyone Load For A Remington 700 SPS Tactical In .308?


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parker51
September 22, 2010, 01:01 AM
I just received one of these rifles and it is my understanding the 20" barrel has a 1 in 12 twist rate. I was told by the seller that he shot 168gr. bullets in this gun and they shot great. I would be interested in knowing if anyone has tried 140 gr. to 150 gr. Nosler BT's in one of these guns (or in any rifle with a 1 in 12 twist rate). If yes, any favorite loads for deer hunting? Thanks!

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UniversalFrost
September 22, 2010, 01:54 AM
nosler partitions behind varget or IMR4895 and load them long (almost touching the lands). put a good crimp on them you should be good to go.

Sierra gamekings and the nosler accubonds work very well, but you need to experiment with OAL and crimp.

With all my calibers that were derived from 30/06 (to include the 308 and 243) the best powders have always been varget, IMR4895, and H4895. Also, the combined technology moly coated bullets (the old winchester silver tips) work well when seated rather deep on the 700 LTR and Police models in 308 .. check the chamber and throat and might want to polish it up a bit since a lot of the SPS line are put together rather quickly and with no attention to detail that the higher end remingtons get.

918v
September 22, 2010, 01:57 AM
168 A-Max + 44.4grs of Varget, WLR, 2.810 OAL.

nastynatesfish
September 22, 2010, 11:39 AM
I load 168 gr hornady match hpbt and 42 gr of varget for my dads 308. They shoot great. Never could get the 150s to do better than 1.5". The nosler bullets I have never liked for big game. They do a lot of damage(the regular tipped bullets anyway). I'd try the accubonds before the regulars

Captcurt
September 22, 2010, 02:56 PM
I load 168 gr hornady match hpbt and 42 gr of varget for my dads 308. They shoot great. Never could get the 150s to do better than 1.5". The nosler bullets I have never liked for big game. They do a lot of damage(the regular tipped bullets anyway). I'd try the accubonds before the regulars
Same here on the Noslers. Not a big fan of the BT although they are super accurate, but love the Accubonds on deer.

evan price
September 22, 2010, 11:45 PM
Remington 700 PSS: Hornady 165 SST, 44-45 gr. Varget, Winchester LR primer, LC Match brass.

parker51
September 24, 2010, 01:40 AM
Thanks for all the help. I took her to the range today after loading up 5 different loads to see if I could come up with a starting point to work from. I found the this gun has what I consider a pretty deep chamber. If I loaded to the lands using Hornady 165 gr SST bullets the O.A.L. would have been 2.930 (after an allowance of .015 hundredths). I could see that using this bullet that at this length that I wouldn't have the thickness of the bullet seated in the case so I set the O.A.L. of 10 rounds to 2.910 and another 10 to 2.810 (as suggested by 918v). I loaded another 10 using Sierra GK 165 GR. Spitzer Boat Tail and 20 more with Hornady 168 GR A-Max. I loaded the A-Max close to the load recommended by 918V (thank you!), 10 with a O.A.L. of 2.835 and the other 10 at 2.910 (.035 from the lands). Before shooting my reloads I shot a box of Winchester 150 Grain Power-Points (mainly for the fire formed brass) and was very pleased with the way these shot from this gun. With the help from a friend I was able to get it sighted in and hitting in and around the 10 ring in only 3 shots (sometimes it can take several more just to get it on paper). After it was sighted in the remainder I shot a 2" 5 shot group and my buddy shot a 1 1/4" group at 100 yds. We then took it over to the 300 yd. range and shot at and hit 5 steel plates with the last 7 rounds. I then went back to the 100 yd and started trying the reloads. The Hornady SST's didn't group all that well using 45 grs of Varget. I then tried the Hornady 168 gr. A-Max using 44.4 grs. of Varget with a O.A.L. of 2.910 and I couldn't believe how great these bullets performed. The first 3 would have covered a dime and the 4th opened the group up to about 1" and the 5th was right there with the other 4. The only thing that is making me hesitant about hunting with this rifle now is the weight. I think it weighs about 12 lbs. What I do like about it, is the short barrel. Sorry for being so long winded tonight but I did want to thank everyone for their help and needless to say I am a very pleased with the results. Thanks again!

USSR
September 24, 2010, 07:26 AM
The only thing that is making me hesitant about hunting with this rifle now is the weight. I think it weighs about 12 lbs.

Yep! I've got lots of tactical rifles, but 14# - 16# don't cut it for hunting. Get yourself a 7# - 9# hunting rifle.

Don

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