Need info on Sierra .308 bullets


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TonyAngel
October 10, 2010, 07:02 PM
Hey guys,

I'm looking for a lighter bullet to shoot out of my Remington 1:12 twist SPS Tactical. After a weekend of shooting 168gr my shoulder is a bit sore. I figure that going with a light bullet at the same velocity, should be a bit easier on the body.

In any case, I am partial to Sierra bullets and was looking at MatchKings in the 150gr range. I see that they have a 150gr BTHP, a 155gr BTHP and a 155gr BTHP Palma. Does anyone know the difference among these. I wasn't able to find any info.

Thanks.

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Smokey Joe
October 10, 2010, 08:39 PM
Tony Angel--Try direct from the horse's mouth: http://www.sierrabullets.com/

They'll have all the ballistic coefficients for all their bullets, at the different velocities.

taliv
October 10, 2010, 09:08 PM
Tony, I actually really enjoy calling the sierra hotline (800 223 8799) and talking to their tech support guys. They are extremely knowledgeable and usually friendly. I always wind up learning the answer to my question, plus 4 or 5 others I didn't know to ask.

I don't know the answer about the difference in bullets, but I will say that I can't tell much difference in recoil from switching between 168g, 175g and 155g.

I know you already know that silencers, brakes and adding weight to the rifle (or a limbsaver pad, though these tend to interfere with precision shooting) are the normal ways to reduce recoil.

ArchAngelCD
October 11, 2010, 02:10 AM
You can always use those lighter bullets from Sierra with reduced load data from Hodgdon using H4895 (http://www.hodgdon.com/PDF/Youth%20Loads.pdf) or even Trail Boss (http://data.hodgdon.com/main_menu.asp). Both will save your shoulder.

USSR
October 11, 2010, 07:23 AM
Tony,

Consider using the 168SMK at a reduced velocity. I have been shooting 200 yard F Class using just such a load. I load it down to perhaps 2300fps using 37.2gr of IMR4895. It has proved to be a very accurate, mild recoiling load, and atleast out of my gun, is a more accurate load than a 155gr load.

Don

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