Shot my first .308 handloads today...


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UKWildcatFan
May 5, 2012, 08:40 PM
AND THEY WORKED WONDERFULLY! WOOHOO!

I just made 15, 5 of 3 different powder weights, and I've settled on 44.0g of Varget for my Hornday 150g FMJBT for my Ruger Scout Rifle.

Thanks for all the info, folks. It is much appreciated.
Alex

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USMAGator
May 5, 2012, 11:14 PM
Congrats, that's a great feeling! Varget is lots of fun for .308, and I've also had good luck with H4895 for bullets in the 150gr range. Enjoy!

kingmt
May 6, 2012, 07:21 AM
You should go back & try working up in .2 increments before settling.

UKWildcatFan
May 6, 2012, 09:11 AM
kingmt - yep, that gives me an excuse to get down there this afternoon. Good idea!!!

kingmt
May 6, 2012, 12:39 PM
I don't shoot a 308 but in my 30-06 & 243 BL-C(2) shoots a lot better then Varget. I actually haven't found anything that I'm happy with Varget in but it does OK in most.

Josh45
May 6, 2012, 12:53 PM
Varget is a pretty good powder. I like the way it shoots in my 30-06 and my fathers .308 but want to try out the BL-C (2) when I get a chance. The only problem I have is that my father used all the Varget before I could find a load for it! ( lol )

Cherokee
May 6, 2012, 06:12 PM
Congrats on the reloads. Have fun...

beatledog7
May 6, 2012, 06:54 PM
...working up in .2 increments...

Can anyone really tell the difference between a 44gr load and a 44.2gr load? That's less than half a precentage point.

UKWildcatFan
May 6, 2012, 07:03 PM
Not sure if I can but I'm gonna find out. I've today loaded 10 of each for Hornady's 150g FMJBT: 43.2, 43.4, 43.6, 43.8, and 44.0g for my Ruger Scout.

kingmt
May 6, 2012, 10:26 PM
I can tell a big difference. I don't go for the best but try for the best that will hold out for a few tenths & stay in the middle. Say 44.2 is the tightest group but 44 & 44.4 wasn't so good then the load at 44.2 is useless unless you can control all the verables. 44.8 might not shoot the best but if it shoots close to the same as 44.6 & 45 then that might be the load I pick. I would still look for a powder that gave me a wider spread on good groups tho.

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