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Herter's in .308

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by wallytoo, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. wallytoo

    wallytoo FA4AA

    Mar 6, 2009
    Since I'm fairly new to such things, I thought I would ask you all for your advice and expertise.

    My dad bought a rifle for me, and I purchased some ammo to put through it, when it eventually gets to me.

    The rifle is a Browning X-Bolt, it has a composite stock, blued barrel, in .308 Win. Leupold scope. My dad liked the set-up as well as the feel of it, a LOT, but I haven't laid hands on it yet.

    As you can guess from the title of the thread, I purchased 1000 rounds (with two dry storage boxes) of Herters .308 from Cabela's. I plan on using the herters at the range, and something of a higher quality for hunting.

    What can I expect from this combination? Cleaning recommendations? Thoughts? I could live without the snide remarks, unless they're unusually clever.
  2. ChiefWPD


    Dec 25, 2004
    Read up on the model (I'm unfamiliar with it, it may have "quirks." Not a bad thing, just learn them.) Take the gun to the range and sight her in properly. You'll need to consult a table on bullet drop to find out the best range to zero the gun (really depends on the purpose you'll put her).

    Don't get too anal about it. Say you should sight her in for a point of impact at 175 yards (I'm making this all up. Be warned!) and the range you're shooting out is 100 yards. Well, just have the rounds impact a bit low at that distance as they'll be still moving higher as they head toward the target.

    Cleaning? Try to clean from the breech end. Don't get crazy with either cleaning or lubing the firearm.

    Hope this helps.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2012

  3. And the one thing I will add to Chief's post, is to sight in with the ammo you will actually use for hunting. The Herters will be okay for getting "on paper," but dial in with your hunting load. :thumbsup:
  4. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson

    Jul 10, 2001
    My, you really are making stuff up.
    A typical .308 load zeroed at 175 yards would be about an inch HIGH at 100.

    I have gone to cleaning smokeless rifles with Wipe-Out foam. Just squirt the barrel full of foam, let stand, patch out.
    Rub the soot off the rest of the gun with an oily cloth and toothbrush, oil the cocking cam on the bolt, and go.
  5. wallytoo

    wallytoo FA4AA

    Mar 6, 2009
    So, the herter's won't blow up in my face?

    Thanks for the replies.
  6. ChiefWPD


    Dec 25, 2004
    Hey, I never said I knew what I was talking about!

  7. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    Honesty is the best policy!