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.308 OAL length questions

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by H1500308, May 3, 2008.

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  1. H1500308

    H1500308 Member

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    Just finished my first batch of .308

    Particulars-

    Federal Brass
    Hornaday 150g Interlock BTSP

    41.0g H4895 (Listed as starting load)

    Brass was full length sized and trimmed.

    Hodgdon and Lee data lists 2.80 as max and min OAL. I seated these bullets with the cannelure completely exposed and came up with an OAL of 2.78.

    What gives? Are these loads safe to use or should I pull and start over. They are for a Howa bolt action.
     
  2. H1500308

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    Just double checked my Lyman manual. It lists 2.685 as an OAL for 150g jacketed SP but doesn't have info for H4895.
     
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    As long as the bullet is not hitting the rifling when you chamber the round, it should be okay. A little on the long side, but that's a starting load in my manual.
     
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    H1500308,

    The OAL is not critical, don't sweat it.

    Don
     
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    Hornady lists that bullet with an OAL of 2.735".
    I assume that would be with the cannelure mostly inside the case where it would normally be.

    They also list a Starting load load of H-4895 as 37.2 and a Max of 44.0.

    If you are going to use generic load data like Lee, or Hodgdon (they don't even list a Hornady 150, only a Nosler) you can't be too upset if the listed OAL is different.

    IMHO: If you want to load Hornady bullets, you need to get a Hornady loading manual. They often use a different bullet shape then most others, and they sometimes have a longer bearing surface.

    rcmodel
     
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