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.308 grouse load

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by vincyr, Jun 15, 2013.

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  1. vincyr

    vincyr Member

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    I got kinda lucky yesterday.
    I found some of this
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    and some of these
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    I am looking to use them to work up a low power, "grouse" load for my .308, for those days I go out for deer and only see squirrels and bunnies. Can anyone recommend a starting point?
     
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    Is it legal to use centerfire rifles on grouse in NY? I know it's not here in Wisconsin, altho probably half the shots one hears after opening day of deer season is probably at them.
     
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    I've shot them with unique, just don't try to drive them too fast. Fun, almost accurate.
     
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    As far as I know. IIRC, pheasant and turkey require shotgun, but grouse are subject to the same regs as other small game. Plus, "grouse load" is a general term(coined by Townsend Whelen, IIRC) for a low power load for a centerfire rifle, to use on small game without destroying them.

    Should be plenty, as long as the power is kept low enough. I figure about 1000 fps would put it somewhere between .22lr and .22wmr as far as energy.
     
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    The biggest problem is sighting in your rifle for this load and then having a big NY deer walk in front of you when you want to kill it with a deer ammo round.
     
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    Fill the case to 100% load density. Expect in the neighborhood of 1200 FPS.
     
  8. Rule3

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    I thought he was gonna say only taking head shots.:D
     
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    there's trail boss data available at Hodgdon's site but the universal TB formula from Hodgdon is take 100% load density to base of bullet only, do not compress Trail Boss, weigh it, multiply by .7, somewhere between 70% and 100% load density you will find accuracy....they all shoot like a powderpuff, iirc I was using 10g in my 30-06 under a 185gc lead bullet that stayed subsonic and was quite accurate out of my rifle.....
     
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    Yep just like post #3:what:
     
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