308 bullet choices


May 1, 2012, 09:24 PM
whats a better all around bullet for target,hunting,shtf ?
165gr hornady interbond or 167gr SGK ? or SST 165gr.
will be working up a load for my rem 700 sps 20in barrel

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Art Eatman
May 1, 2012, 10:15 PM
Other than going heavier for elk, I've always been quite satisfied with 150-grain bullets in 30-caliber. Granted that it's a function of one's skill, but one-shot kills on Bambi to 500 yards have been witnessed. I've been using Sierras, the last thirty or so years.

May 1, 2012, 10:50 PM
I usually try to use a bonded bullet for hunting. The Nosler accubond has been my projectile of choice for years and has been not only accurate but has cleanly killed any animal I have attempted to harvest. As long as I did my job on the trigger end of course.

May 2, 2012, 12:21 PM
I have used all three of these in a 20" 308. My vote goes to the Sierra.
Or Hornady Interlock.
Come to think of it, any Sierra, Hornady, or Nosler 165 grain hunting bullet is very likely to work just fine in that rifle.

May 2, 2012, 02:29 PM
Any 150-165 hunting bullet should work fine at the velocity youll be generating. Personally i like the way tiped bullets look so i shoot mostly standard versions of those in non-magnum rounds. But honetly pick the one that shoots best in your rifle, all the ones listed will work, tho ive never had reason to pay the xtra for bondeds.

May 2, 2012, 03:26 PM
I have taken several deer recently with 308's. One is a compact Ruger bolt gun and another is a Springfield M1A. Both shoot Nosler 150 gr ballistic tips just wonderfully and the result on the other end was just great. MIGHT need something heavier or more heavily constructed for big, heavy animals however.

May 2, 2012, 03:36 PM
I have the 700 SPS AAC-SD, I have had great luck with Federal Gold Medal Match 168gr. Sierra Matchkings. Also my SPS loves 168gr Hornady A-Max. I originally shot 150gr. and it shot great, since I have moved to 168's and am getting as good if not better results.

May 2, 2012, 06:31 PM
Sierra 2130 does a very good job for me.
I also like Sierra gameking and matchking. The POI is almost the same.

May 2, 2012, 09:19 PM
Berger VLD Hunting bullets are my choice.They shoot like a Match bullet,and expand well for hunting.
I also have very good results with Nosler Combined Technology Silvertips,they are both very accurate,and do very well taking down game.

Big Bad Bob
May 2, 2012, 10:44 PM
I currently have been experimenting with lower grain weights in my DPMS LR308 specifically 125 grain Nosler Partitions and 130 Barnes Barnes TSX bullets, firing at or around 3000 fps MV. There accurate and I am pretty sure these will wallop deer this fall.

Past loads that have worked well were 150 grain Noslers, and Sierra 168 BTHP.

May 2, 2012, 10:49 PM
I use Hornady SST 150's.

May 3, 2012, 03:27 PM
jo jo, the bullet industry has spent a lot of money trying to get shooters to buy a certain type of bullet with glowing advertising their attributes. The truth is that the industry produces great bullets and the standard bullets shoot and kill just as well as the kiss ass blasters that are being advertised. Art probably gave you just as good as advice as any by mentioning Sierras like the game king but the other bullets made by Speer and Hornady are just as good. I wouldn't waste my money on the so called premium bullets. The targets and game animals don't know the difference. BW

May 3, 2012, 09:54 PM
For the 308 Win I generally pick a 165 with a poly tip like an SST or BT. That's what I'm currently running in my Brno 601. Shoots very well and at the moderate velocities of the 308, expansion is good. I've killed whitetail and big south Texas pigs with it without any drama.

May 3, 2012, 10:18 PM
I have found that the 168 gr. HPBT Match King ahead of 48.5 grs. of Hodgdon CFE 223 is about as good as you can get, just my 2 cents...........

May 3, 2012, 10:29 PM
I've used Sierra's #2140 over a substantial charge of IMR 4350 in my BARs and an old M/70 for many, many years. I have yet to hit an animal....deer of substantial size in the Appalachians & some really heavy Fla. hogs that was not drt.

As a bonus, I found that bullet over IMR 4064 gives me great groups out of my Garand.

I ought to add that I stumbled on that particular bullet when I was trying to avoid the 'dubbing' I was experiencing with topped off magazines........recoil just mushroomed the soft lead tips. That HP round solved the problem admirably

Art Eatman
May 3, 2012, 10:31 PM
My father only loaded Hornady 150 Spire Points for his forty years or so of post-WW II deer hunting. For sure, they worked quite well.

I've done as well with the Remington Bronze Point 150s as anything else. I guess I tried Sierras because of the pretty box; found them to be sub-MOA and never looked back. :)

May 3, 2012, 11:32 PM
I really like the SST's, they shoot excellent in all my rifles. I don't find the Hornady's to be as accurate but they work well enough for hunting.

May 3, 2012, 11:50 PM
165 grain of almost any builld, soft point, partition, they do the job.

May 4, 2012, 05:02 PM
for target
hornady,nosler,sierra matchking 175 BTHP or A-max style.

for hunting 168-175 grain
Winchester Silvertip also known as combined technologies silvertip,
Nosler ballistic tip Hunter
Sierra Gameking

I've had best results with the winchester/combined tech silvertips in white tail deer, and wild hogs.

May 4, 2012, 09:52 PM
thanks everyone for all this great info, thinking of 165gr sst and varget as these are
almost always stocked local,

May 6, 2012, 05:55 PM
Another vote for 165 SST's. They're not as good as a Matchking but can hold 1 to 1.25 MOA out to 400 yards in my Savage 10FP.

May 6, 2012, 06:02 PM
Again, take a look at the Sierra Pro-Hunter bullets. For me in a savage 110 in 30-06, a Howa 308, and a M1A, they cloverleaf at 100 yards. They are cheaper than a bunch of bullets, and you can use them as target and hunting without any POI change.

May 7, 2012, 04:03 AM
My heavy barrel Remington 700 Varmint in 308 shoots .65moa with either the Sierra Match King or Game King to the same point of aim.

May 7, 2012, 07:41 PM
For simplicity's sake, I use the 150gr Sierra Game Kings for both .308 and .30-06 in the M14s and Garands. They're a bit cheaper than the Match Kings, and I can't tell any difference in the accuracy with my handloads out to 200 meters, which is the maximum range I have available for testing.

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