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Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by JabbaNoBother, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    Target 168 grain A-max over Varget.

    M14 - 147 grain fmj or 168 grain matchking over H4895

    Never worked up a hunting load... I hunt with a .30-06 or .44 lever gun.

    ...but I would agree with the others that Federal GMM is the gold standard for precision .308 factory rounds.

  2. Clusterfrack


    Apr 26, 2012
    Pacific NW
    Here's my GMM 175 gr clone load.

    175 gr SMK
    2.24" comparator length
    COL 2.8"
    45 gr Varget

    I chrono it at: 2655 (sd=8 fps)

    I can get good hits out to 1200 yds with that load. My experience is that the 175s are more stable than the 168s as they go transonic.
  3. Glock30Eric

    Glock30Eric .45 ACP

    Feb 3, 2011
    Southern Maryland
    Wow that must be expensive rifle! How did yo like your SCAR 17?
  4. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    Dayum. You are 3.3 grains over max according to Sierra's data, and a full grain over max in Hornady's data for 168 grain bullets.


    Careful, Amigo.
  5. Clusterfrack


    Apr 26, 2012
    Pacific NW
    No pressure signs (in Win or Fed brass). Many of my fellow shooters use the same load.

    Check Hodgdon's data. 45 grains is their max load for 175 gr bullets.
    175 GR. SIE HPBT 45.0C 2690 48,600 CUP
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2013
  6. Ricky Ricardo

    Ricky Ricardo

    Apr 4, 2013
    I hope you enjoy your American.

    I recently bought a Ruger American, I mounted a Bushnell Trophy 3-9x40mm scope on it. So far I've just shot paper with it, I like the rifle (and the scope) it's pretty accurate.

    I shot Remington 180 Grain, I think.

    I'm disabled so I don't get out to hunt much, but maybe next year, we'll see.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2013
  7. I love the American, after sighting it was 1" groups for the day. Barrel heat was an issue after 6 or so...shots would wander off about 3-4 inches. Other than that, it's a wicked good rifle. Of course you're gonna have the polymer hating crowd...its ok with me.
  8. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    45 grains just sounded like a pile, and got me to looking...

    If it's working for you, great. I've seen clear pressure signs at 44 grains with 168's.

    I suppose that rather than drive a .308 that hard, I'd shoot 1,200 yards with a .300 mag, but that's me. Like I said, just be careful.

  9. Clusterfrack


    Apr 26, 2012
    Pacific NW
    Yeah, I wouldn't pick a .308 at 1200 either unless a course of fire required it. That's why I've mostly switched to .260 Rem. But it's a good sign that a load will stay stable out that far, so that's why I mentioned it.

    175 SMK over 45 of Varget is at an optimal charge weight node, so you don't even have to be that careful about being super-exact with the powder weight.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2013
  10. Ruger International carbine, with a Mannlicher stock. Plenty accurate for hunting, and the stock is just a beauty!
  11. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

    Jul 26, 2002
    Well, I am a 7mm rem mag guy, BUT, in .308 I like the Hornady Interlock BT SP, 150gr, and of my own hand loading, NOT factory ammo. I run them at about 2750 at the muzzle.

    I use the same 150gr interlock for the 7mm rem mag, in my own handloads not factory.

    Good for rabbits to moose ! haha. ( a bit much for rabbits) but ya get my drift. ! ;) It, in 308, is plenty for elk /moose, i assure you ! Factory or not.....

    Good hunting.

    Last edited: Jun 18, 2013
  12. rustytxrx


    Oct 17, 2012
    I actually have two 308s, the FNAR above and a 3[​IMG] or 4 decades old Remington Varmint Master. I had a fixed 10 power el paso Weaver on it for years. it lately gave up the ghost and I replaced it with a fixed 12 x Leupold FX-3 target rifle scope on it.
  13. esminbritt

    esminbritt Elias

    Apr 24, 2011
    Rem M700SS R5 Milspec stainless bolt gun.
    -I shoot Federal Gold Medal Match 175 (the weight the barrel was designed for) at paper
    -For hunting, my favorite is the Barnes Vortex TTSX (tipped triple shock.)
    That bullet is all copper and it expands really well.
    -I also like the Nosler Custom 165 gr Bonded Trophy Accubond.
    -Federal's Vital Shok trophy w/ the 165 bear claw Game King.

    I have a saiga .308 as well, it eats anything greedily. I mostly use cheap Russian ammo in that. Although my groups improve a lot when I put FGMM in the Saiga,
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2014
  14. paragon1


    Sep 18, 2009
    Rem 700. Leopold vx.
    Federal Fusion 165 gr.

    It is accurate, and impressive with retained weight. I shot a front quartering shot on a deer and it went through some bone, tissue, and ended up in the hide near the rear. It had a retained weight of 134 grains and looked fairly well intact. Any thing I have shot with it has dropped immediately.
  15. Minnow


    Jan 13, 2006
    Remington 700 Police LTR Left Handed
    Zeiss Conquest 4-14x44 scope with Kenton Industries MOA turrets
    Seekins Precision one piece Picatinny 20MOA scope base
    Tactical Precision Systems TSR 1" Medium height scope Rings
    X-Mark Pro Trigger set at 2.75lbs

    Load is;
    Winchester Brass
    Federal 210
    44.4gr Varget @ 2600FPS on the money
    175gr SMK
    2.800" OAL

    Shoots 3/4" @ 100yds all day long and even tighter on a semi regular basis.
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2013
  16. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

    DPMS 308 LR AP4 & Kel-tec RFB, like both for different reasons. RFB extremely compact. AP4 lower recoil & quicker follow up shots.

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  17. Upstate Glocker

    Upstate Glocker

    Mar 16, 2008
    Upstate NY
    DSA FAL for a semiauto; the AK of the West
    Browning BLR for a lever; most reliable, quality lever
    Browning X-Bolt for bolt; out of the box accuracy and fine balance