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308 loads for a bolt action let me have your best

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by horsemen61, Jul 6, 2014.

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  1. horsemen61

    horsemen61 Member

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    Like the title says guys I need some good loads
     
  2. LAGS

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    When handloading, What works Good in My rifle , may not work well in yours.
    You have to at least give us some idea on what type of shooting you do, ? Hunting, and what game and range, or is it for Target shooting ,and at what distance.
    Also what type of bullets do you want to use, and do you have a Powder prefferance.
    Powders are not easy to come by, and we dont want to lead you into material that you can not get.
    And formost, What kind of rifle are you shooting, and the barrel length ?
    A .308 is a .308, but not are all equal.
     
  3. oldpapps

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    What works for me in one weapon, may well be little more than a junk round in a different weapon.

    Example:

    I have a Remington Model 600 with an 18 1/2 inch 1 in 10 twist. I'm as my moniker says, 'old'. To comfortably shoot this rifle I have loaded for it, just as I do for most of my other guns.

    Is the 2380 FPS with a 150 grain SP I get what you want? I wouldn't think so. Oh, the same load will function my M1A and gets 2502 FPS (22 inch barrel, 1 in 11 twist). Still not what you are wanting, I bet.
     
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    The best I can suggest is find yourself a good loading manual and start from there finding a good powder and bullet combination. I agree with everyone who mentioned that a load that shoots fine in one rifle may be terrible in another rifle. In 308 I like IMR 4895 and IMR 4064 as well as Vihta N135 and N140 powders, I like Sierra bullets and I like CCI primers.

    Ron
     
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    My 308 eats just about anything sensible that you can feed it. Hunting loads typically consist of Reloader 15 over a boat tailed Hornady soft point 165 grain. Have also tried IMR 3031, 4064 and 4895, BLC-2, Varget, and H380 and they work well too. Federal or CCI match primers light it off, and I load to magazine length.


    Target loads are the Palma Match 155, 168 Match King or Nosler's version at the same weight.

    The heaviest weight I have tried so far is Hornady 180 BTSP and it groups well too.

    The rifle is a Remington VS with a 1:12 twist and that long 26 inch barrel.
     
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    Hunting load. 150gr Sierra Pro Hunter, LC brass, 46.5gr Varget, 2.760 OAL. Your milage WILL vary.
     
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    OK, lookit,

    This is the Mark 316 Mod 0 sniper load:

    Sierra 175 SMK
    41.75rs IMR 4064
    FC case/FC primer
    2.800" OAL
     
  9. horsemen61

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    My apologies guys was in a hurry my rifle is a tikka t3 lite I recently put on layaway and I am wanting to shoot out to 600 yards with it eventually as for now I want to shoot to maybe 300 yards but at 100 yards I want itty bitty groups thanks guys I may want to hunt with it as for powders guys I have IMR 4064 Varget H4894 and H380 for sure I will look around and see what I can find and with bullets I am looking at middle of the weights like 150's and such not to heaven but not to light either
     
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    Even my two Savage Model 10's in .308 don't shoot the same loads with equal accuracy. They each have favorites. There are no shortcuts. You have to work up the loads for the individual rifle/s using manuals for guidance. I hate to spring this bad news on you but everyone else has, too.
     
  11. horsemen61

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    Guys I have manuals I understand I will need to work up a load but if y'all could just give me an idea such as this combo works well in my gun that is a place to start
     
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    Basically true, but if you ask enough people you see trends and can narrow down components. The individual load may need to be tweaked a bit, but there is no point in reinventing the wheel every time someone starts loading for a new round.

    The good news is that I've found 308 to be very easy to load for with good results from many different combo's

    48 gr TAC and 130 gr Barnes TTSX has become my go to deer/black bear load. I'm getting 3050-3100 fps with excellent accuracy. I have no doubts about the bullet shooting all the way through any black bear.

    47 gr Varget and most any 150-155 gr bullet works well. This load is extremely accurate with Bergers in my rifles. 2850-2880 fps in my rifles

    46 gr Varget and most any 165-168 bullet. 2740-2760 fps. in my rifles

    I've done almost as well with 4064, RL-15 and 4895. I just settled on Varget as my prefered powder.
     
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    My favorite load is a near max, as published in the Lee and Lyman's books, of Rl-15 behind either a 165 SGK or 168 SMK. I also like BlC2 , and 4064 is well known as a great performer.
     
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    I have a Savage 10 w/ 20", 1:10 twist, medium contour barrel. I haven't fed it anything but 110gr Sierra Varmint HP, 155gr Nosler Custom Competition, and 150gr Midway Blems (Hornady SST). The powders I use are H4895 and Varget. I get pretty similar results with each powder.

    I have loads for all three bullet weights that get down to 3/4" at 100 yards, prone off a bipod. I just started at the low end of the powder charge and worked my way up by 0.2gr until my groups shrunk down a bit. I have a lot of vacation time coming up where I'm going to start from scratch. This time I'll actually write everything down so I can go back and look at it, not just scribble my charge and COAL on a post it.
     
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