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Need info on Sierra .308 bullets

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by TonyAngel, Oct 10, 2010.

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  1. TonyAngel

    TonyAngel Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Hey guys,

    I'm looking for a lighter bullet to shoot out of my Remington 1:12 twist SPS Tactical. After a weekend of shooting 168gr my shoulder is a bit sore. I figure that going with a light bullet at the same velocity, should be a bit easier on the body.

    In any case, I am partial to Sierra bullets and was looking at MatchKings in the 150gr range. I see that they have a 150gr BTHP, a 155gr BTHP and a 155gr BTHP Palma. Does anyone know the difference among these. I wasn't able to find any info.

  2. Smokey Joe

    Smokey Joe Member

    Jan 2, 2003
    Sierra Bullets...

    Tony Angel--Try direct from the horse's mouth: http://www.sierrabullets.com/

    They'll have all the ballistic coefficients for all their bullets, at the different velocities.
  3. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    Oct 23, 2004
    Tony, I actually really enjoy calling the sierra hotline (800 223 8799) and talking to their tech support guys. They are extremely knowledgeable and usually friendly. I always wind up learning the answer to my question, plus 4 or 5 others I didn't know to ask.

    I don't know the answer about the difference in bullets, but I will say that I can't tell much difference in recoil from switching between 168g, 175g and 155g.

    I know you already know that silencers, brakes and adding weight to the rifle (or a limbsaver pad, though these tend to interfere with precision shooting) are the normal ways to reduce recoil.
  4. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Northeast PA, USA
    You can always use those lighter bullets from Sierra with reduced load data from Hodgdon using H4895 or even Trail Boss. Both will save your shoulder.
  5. USSR

    USSR Member

    Jul 7, 2005
    Finger Lakes Region of NY

    Consider using the 168SMK at a reduced velocity. I have been shooting 200 yard F Class using just such a load. I load it down to perhaps 2300fps using 37.2gr of IMR4895. It has proved to be a very accurate, mild recoiling load, and atleast out of my gun, is a more accurate load than a 155gr load.

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