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V-max for 308

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by saskboy, Nov 8, 2008.

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  1. saskboy

    saskboy Member

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    Has anyone tried 110gr V-max bullets in their .30 cal rifles? I was thinking of loading them up but dont know how good a 110 gr bullet will do in my 308. Prob use them on coyotes only.
     
  2. Toten Kopf

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    I use the 110 grain V-Max for P-Dogs out to 300-350 yards. Velocity at the barrel is around 3050, I had one person tell me that he's never seen a .308 hit a target at 300 yards so fast, like it was instant.

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  3. R.W.Dale

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    I use them in my .308 bored 7.62x39 benchgun, Typically 5shot groups hover in the low .3's and at a MV of just shy of 2800fps they retain this accuracy even out to 300m
     
  4. Remo-99

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    Until resently I had some doubts to whether or not lightweight bullets in .308win will give varmit type accuracy at the extended ranges.

    I only picked up my .308win chambered savage with a 1 in 10" twist about a week ago and have to say I wasn't sure about a short/light bullet in a 1 in 10" twist.

    Loaded up some 110gr sierra HP varminters and headed out the range to sight the scope.

    Although I wasn't intending to shoot for groups, I did notice grouping was quite good, under MOA, at around 0.75-1" at 100yd.

    I'm sure with a little tweeking, that could be improved upon.
    But I was sure impressed, as this was the first time I shot the rifle and with the first loads I tried in it.

    Next week I'll be trying the loads out on some live targets, at some challenging ranges, I'm sure. So I'll see how things go from there.

    And yep, those light bullets are travelling pretty darn quick in a .308win.
     
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    I've shot some in my 1 in 10" twist LR-308 with good results. I used RL-15 and at 100 yards had the same POI as 168
    MatchKing.

    Hornady uses them in 110 grain TAP and ballistic gelatin tests have been very impressive.
     
  6. rcmodel

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    110 grain bullets are remarkedly accurate in .308 & 30-06. I have used them since 1962 in one form or another for coyote & crow hunting.

    In my experiance, the .308's normal 1/12 rifling seems to shoot them even better then the 30-06's 1/10.

    I have not tried the V-Max in a .308, but I have no doubt you will be very pleased with them!

    One things for sure.
    Any coyote you shoot with one will stay shot!
     
  7. THR4L

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    Interesting timeliness of this thread--I just loaded up a development "ladder" to test in my 1:12 .308.

    Am itching to get out to the range to chrono and test...
     
  8. Remo-99

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    While the Sierra 110gr HP Varmiters performed well, I'm not 100% sold on them.

    Accuracy was excellent, even at 500yards and over.
    I think they lost alot of velocity needed for that instant explosive effect, that ya get from the shorter ranges. On larger animals(mountain goats), at least.(smaller targets that I did manage to hit at the longer rangers, were still no challange for a 110gr bullet).

    I picked up some Speer 125gr TNT's and loaded some up, can't wait to see how those will perform on larger varmits, at longer ranges.

    BTW last outting we did manage to bag 4 ferral dogs, which an area park service pays a $100 bounty on, and the property owner (where we hunt) also pays a bonus $100 per dog on top of the bounty. As they have had issues with wilddogs attacking stock and wildlife.
     
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  9. Clark

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    I have bad luck with 308 compared to .223 groups.

    I built three more 308s this summer and every other group is good or bad.

    Allot of guns I build shoot lousy, until I try light weight Vmax bullets, and then they shoot great.

    It happened with the 308s too.
    110 gr Vmax 0.22" 3 shot group at 50y, is much better than the 168 gr groups.

    The other bullets are very high quality, why don't they shoot well like Vmax bullets?
     
  10. Beagle-zebub

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    Does barrel-life suffer from using 110gr. bullets?
     
  11. Remo-99

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    Sure, pushing low 3k fps will have a little more wear 'N' tear on a barrel, as opposed to high 2k fps.
    But nothing like a barrel burning 4k fps .204rug and such.
    If your got a stainless barrel or chromelined barrel, effects will be minimal over the barrel life.
     
  12. Remo-99

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    Clark,
    IMO a .308 isn't a 50 yard gun, it's more like a 300-1000yd gun.
    the 308 picks up where the 223 starts to fall short.
    Try a comparison between 308 and 223 at 100yd, 200yd, 300yd, 400yd, 500yd, 600yd, etc.
     
  13. THR4L

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    The V-max is supposed to still have great explosiveness as low as 1500fps, so that's a really long reach out from a .308 before it slows down to just punching holes.

    To the OP: if you're planning on using on coyotes, I don't think you want to plan on keeping the pelts. I hear they're very responsive on groundhogs as well.
     
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