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Most Accurate .308 Bullet?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Welding Rod, Feb 6, 2011.

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  1. Welding Rod

    Welding Rod Member

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    What is likely to be one of the most accurate mainstream production bullets I can buy in .308?

    My purpose is punching paper out to 300 yards, so a super high BC isn't really essential.

    Cartridge will be .308 Winchester shot out of a Ruger Hawkeye Standard model.
     
  2. 918v

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    Try 168gr A-Max on top of 44.4 grains of Varget in a Winchester case and primer.
     
  3. Grumulkin

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    For target, a 168 grain Nosler, Sierra or Berger match bullet should work well.
     
  4. ArchAngelCD

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    I like the 168gr Sierra or Hornady Match bullets equally well. Both perform well in all of my rifles. (as do their 165gr hunting bullets)
     
  5. medalguy

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    Sierra 168 gr Matchking is the best I've ever worked with.
     
  6. Curator

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    I agree with medalguy, Sierra 168 grain Matchking for 1 in 11" or 1 in 12" twist .308 Win.
     
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    All guns are different. You could take ten brand new guns off the assembly line (all with consecutive SN's) and shoot all of them and what one gun may shoot extremely well, the other nine may shoot poorly. What bullets and loads work for one person does not necessarily work for everyone. If it did, we wouldn't need so many different loads listed in the reloading manuals.

    But they don't all shoot the same, that's what "working up a load" is for!
     
  8. kelbro

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    168 gr MatchKing or 178 gr AMax.
     
  9. fallout mike

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    Would those recommendations change if you were shooting 800 yards?
     
  10. REL1203

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    175 SMK for me and my R700 AAC and my DMPS SASS... Both are 1:10 twist though
     
  11. kelbro

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    No sir. I shoot those at 600 and 1K.
     
  12. schultzie

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    Through a 24" 1:11.25 5R barrel, I've had the best results with 155gr AMAX's atop a moderately healthy charge of IMR 4895.

    Strangely, my SR-25 performs poorly with Federal GMM, but handloads of either Nosler 168gr BTHPM or 168gr Sierra MatchKings tie for a distant second.

    the 167gr Lapua scenars (sp?) could only achieve mediocrity in this particular barrel, and experiments with the combined technology 168's only yielded embarassing targets.

    For me, the 155gr AMAX's perform so well, that I don't feel the need to look any further for bullets -- of course stretching the range out a bit could change things...
     
  13. kludge

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    For punching paper at 300 yards and less, also look into the lighter MatchKings. 150gr and 135gr.
     
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    Sierra 168MK and Bergers 168VLD I shoot them and won with both. I have found that the Burgers don't like jump, They need to be jammed in the lands to work the best for me..
     
  15. Joatmon

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    The 168 gr Sierra Match King For service rifle matches is tough to beat. Have not used it too much for anything else though...
     
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    +1 for any of the "match grade" 168-grain bullets in .308/7.62
     
  17. Jasper1573

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    Well, to every rifle and every shooter his own, but I prefer the 175 grain Sierra Matchking at about 2600 fps, driven by about 43 grains of Reloader 15 out of a Rem 700 with 11.25 twist.

    There is also a mental persuasion factor here that each of us experience and make our favorites "our favorites."
     
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    I know a lot of you boattail match guy's will thumb your nose at this, but for 300 yard paper punching try the Sierra 150 gr. flatbase spitzer and a starting charge of 42 grns of IMR 3031 and try working that charge up from there. Let me say also this recipe is for bolt guns. Some shoot good at 42 grns and others take a little more, the load becomes compressed about 43.5 to 44 grns. Got this load from Gunny sarge back in the early 70's he said he never saw a bolt gun that it wouldn't work in. I've loaded in scores of .308's and it work's for sure, you gotta find the sweet spot though.
     
  19. Clark

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    I probably have a dozen 308s, and have never got good groups.

    The best group I ever got was:
    0.75" 3 shot group at 100 yards 110 gr Vmax 2.185" 45 gr IMR4895 ~ 2950 fps 22" barrel


    Maybe I should shoot more than 3 groups with a rifle before I give up and put it back in storage, never to go to the range again.
     
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    My go to load for the last year has been 42.1g of RL15 on a 175g SMK, usually got around 0.75" Groups from my R700 AAC, and around 0.9" from my DPMS SASS with the same load. Yesterday I decided I wanted to try some stuff, and loaded up some of the leftover 168g SMKs, and with 42.5g of RL15, I got 0.4" 5shot group. I also tried 42.6g of RL15 on a 175gSMK and got a 0.5"group... I really do think these are the 2 best bullets you can use for 308, along with RL15 being the best powder.
     
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    168 Matchking (Seirra) is best in my SuperMatch.
    150 Palma (Seirra) is best in my NationalMatch.
     
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    Clark-

    With a dozen .308's and lousy groups could it possibly be some "operator error"?
     
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    The 168 gn. Sierra, HPBTM, might not be the end all, be all. But it is a good place to start.
     
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    twice I have got .4 in 5 shot groups at 100 yds with 168gr sierra matchkings using 41 gr of H4895 in a rem 700 VLS, mostly I get .6 to 1.1 in groups.
     
  25. Welding Rod

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    Thanks for all the replies.

    I bought a box of Hornady .308 168 grain A-Max to try first. I thought I would start with those since I have a Hornady load book, Varget powder on the shelf, and the rifle has 1:10 twist.

    Next box I plan to compare the 168 grain Sierra Matchkings, over Varget as well.
     
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