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163 gr SP-BT bullets (.308) Mfg'r ??

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  1. MinnMooney

    MinnMooney Member

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    I reloaded several boxes of minimum recoil 163 gr. SP-BT .308s for my son's T/C pistol last year and they turned out to be the most accurate in his handgun by far. He wants me to reload the used brass with that same formula but when I printed the labels I wrote "163 gr. SP-BT". If I know more info - like Mfg'r. or any other special data - I always write it on the label. I've checked every source that I know and can't find a single mfg'r who produces 163 gr. .308 bullets.
    Any help would be appreciated.
     
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    Is there any that you loaded that haven't been shot yet. Are you absolutely sure it is a 163gr bullet and not a 165 or 168?

    I did a quick google search and the only 163 grain bullet I've found has been the 163gr blacktip and AP round.
     
  3. MinnMooney

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    That's the 1st question that I asked my son - if there were any unfired cartridges left. None, he'd shot every one.

    I remember what they looked like and they looked just like an old Remington Core-Lokt bullet with the small lead tip and copper jacket. What I don't know is if Core-Lokt bullets are boat-tailed.

    If I can't find a 163 gr then I'll load 168 SP-BT's with the same powder, casing and primer. That is probably what they were anyway and I just errored on the 163.

    Thanks for doing the search though.
     
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    I have Speer 165 gn Hot-Core, they are flat based, which look just like a Rem Core-Lokt IMO. I also have some Speer soft point boat tails, same wight.
     
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    Its possibe it was a once off manufacturer mistake, or over run on a custom order....ive got some 80grn sp .224 bullets that i havent been able to find any info on.
     
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    Thanks, splattergun!

    I started searching for Speer .308 165 grain SP-BT bullets that you mentioned and found them. They look just like the bullets that I reloaded. I'm going to order a couple hundred and get to loading.

    Thanks again for the tip splattergun.
     
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    I'm glad I was helpful.
     
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