Originally Posted by RWBlue
Cause I want a load that will be less likely to exit the deer than a standard .308 load!
Where I hunt my shooting options are very restricted due to a new outer loop highway. So I want that bullet if possible to not exit the deer!
Now today I used 41.5gr of Varget and that Ruger shoot real well at 25 yards. I've now upped the load to 43.5 and will test tomorrow. If the groups are still dime size I'l stop there. I'll be hunting in woods as the shot will be at 50 yard or less shot.
My Ruger compact .308 has a 16 inch barrel. I suspect the 170gr FP should exit out at 2400 to 2500 fps. Higher than the 2100-2200 fps from a 30/30 but not real high.
At least from the other web boards I've checked a few who have done the same have had the deer drop right there when hit.