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#1 buddy.223

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 02:18 PM

i recently got a rem vls .308 , ive had the stock fitted with the box mag convertion, pillar and marine- tex bedded.the rifle is fantastic and loves 168g hornady factory ammo under 1/2" 3 hole groups. iam looking for pet reloads or a good starting point for this bullet weight in this rifle. thanks.

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 05:28 PM

i recently got a rem vls .308 , ive had the stock fitted with the box mag convertion, pillar and marine- tex bedded.the rifle is fantastic and loves 168g hornady factory ammo under 1/2" 3 hole groups. iam looking for pet reloads or a good starting point for this bullet weight in this rifle. thanks.


Try a starting load of IMR 4895. A friend of mine who owns about eight, 308's swears 40.5 grains is the universal accuracy load with a 168 grain bullet. ~AMMOe

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 08:12 AM

I was reading a website that sells match ammo for .308 and each one of their loads was loaded with Varget. Don't reload 308 myself so not a much help

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 11:38 AM

Buddy.223,

There's so many .308's in my safe a buddy of mine swears they breed in there...;-)

Since you load you can "play" a bit and find out what works best in your particular rifle. I have one rifle in particular that I do all my accuracy testing in...a M40A1 with a 1:10" twist Obermeyer 5R barrel.

I suspect that your rifle has a 1:12" twist, so it will stabilize 155's, 168's, and 175's. The longer Sierra Match King 190 grainer is a "maybe" in that twist rate.

My favorite load for my rifle is the 175 gr. SMK over 44.3 gr. of Hogdon's Varget in Lapua brass with a Federal 210 Match primer. It give me 2,650 FPS and is one hole accurate when I do my part.

Don't discount 155 grainers! Lapua has a high BC 155(BC.505!)that is a real winner. I'm just now beginning to work with it, so can't tell you much yet. Sierra has a similar 155, but it's not as good, IMHO.

For 168's the SMK is the way to go and that was the "go to" bullet weight for the military and match shooters until the advent of the 175 gr SMK that was developed to stay supersonic at 1,000. The 168 grainer usually went sub-sonic at about 900 and accuracy suffered.

A good hunting load that matches the 175 grain SMK trajectory is the Nosler 180 grain Ballistic Tip over 44.3 gr of Varget. The darn thing shoots like the Match Kings.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 12:53 PM

Buddy.223,

There's so many .308's in my safe a buddy of mine swears they breed in there...;-)

Since you load you can "play" a bit and find out what works best in your particular rifle. I have one rifle in particular that I do all my accuracy testing in...a M40A1 with a 1:10" twist Obermeyer 5R barrel.

I suspect that your rifle has a 1:12" twist, so it will stabilize 155's, 168's, and 175's. The longer Sierra Match King 190 grainer is a "maybe" in that twist rate.

My favorite load for my rifle is the 175 gr. SMK over 44.3 gr. of Hogdon's Varget in Lapua brass with a Federal 210 Match primer. It give me 2,650 FPS and is one hole accurate when I do my part.

Don't discount 155 grainers! Lapua has a high BC 155(BC.505!)that is a real winner. I'm just now beginning to work with it, so can't tell you much yet. Sierra has a similar 155, but it's not as good, IMHO.

For 168's the SMK is the way to go and that was the "go to" bullet weight for the military and match shooters until the advent of the 175 gr SMK that was developed to stay supersonic at 1,000. The 168 grainer usually went sub-sonic at about 900 and accuracy suffered.

A good hunting load that matches the 175 grain SMK trajectory is the Nosler 180 grain Ballistic Tip over 44.3 gr of Varget. The darn thing shoots like the Match Kings.

Hope this helps.

Wes



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Posted 01 March 2012 - 03:34 AM

"Don't discount 155 grainers! Lapua has a high BC 155(BC.505!)that is a real winner. I'm just now beginning to work with it, so can't tell you much yet. Sierra has a similar 155, but it's not as good, IMHO."


I just setup a 308win rifle I started with Lapua 308 brass and thier 155gr bullets. I loaded some sierra 155 also. When the weather breaks I plan to do some shooting.

After I shoot this round of loads, I will order a bushung die.

Then load round two.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 06:14 AM

I have a model 700 VLS in .308win as well. I used to load 168gr Hornady BTHP over Varget. I have switched, recently I discovered it drives tacks with 150gr TTSX Barns over Varget. I also had a real good run with BL-C(2) at one point, but I have found that the Varget is less temp sensitive. My rifle is pillar beaded and glassed, detachable conversation, jewel trigger and custom muzzle break.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 12:05 PM

grandlord any chance of the exact powder weights, oals, cases, ect for the various loads. 44.4-45.5 varget , lapua brass, hornady 168 a-max 2810 oal , fed 210 primers - shooting 1/2 3/4 groups for me . thanks .