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Inexpensive 1/2MOA hunting load

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by MrGlock21, Apr 12, 2010.


  1. MrGlock21

    MrGlock21
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    Found a sweet spot in my Steyr 308 Prohunter 20" today.

    1/2 MOA hunting load: Sierra 150 SPT over 44.9 Varget, 1.760 OAL, WLR.
    Currently great price for that bullet at natchezss.com
     
  2. Mountain10mm

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    I've been playing with 308 Varget loads too, mine are out of a Remington 700 with a 20" medium contour hunting barrel. I've tried various amounts of Varget with a 150 gr. Nosler Accubond and the best group I could get is 1.5". Then I tried various amounts of Varget with Combined Technologies 150gr. and I shot a few .75" groups with 46 grains of powder being winning amount. I have another batch of 46 grains loaded with the same bullet to try again and verify the load is indeed accurate.

    I am very tempted to try a full solid copper (Barnes) bullet though. Inherently they would seem more accurate as the bullet is homogeneous throughout; it's not possible for the jacket thickness to vary from bullet to bullet, or from one side of the bullet to the other. Any luck using Varget and solids?

    Thanks.
     

  3. Kentucky Shooter

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    Very good--------sounds like you have a great shooting rifle---one that would probably seriously shoot anything well---------congrats :wavey:
     
  4. MrGlock21

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    I haven't used solids in the .308 rifles. Under 2950fps I prefer 'old fashion bullets' for cost reason.

    I will load solids for my 270WSM but not with Varget but WXR.

    Although Varget seems to be an extremely popular 308 powder I didn't plan to buy a keg; I happend to find one on sale a year ago (can you believe this?)
    Word is that Varget is not temperature sensitive which is a good thing in Texas.
    My favorite 308 powders are RL15 and TAC depending on the rifle-load configuration.

    I have used Accubonds in my 308 guns and 338WinMag but with poor results in terms of accuracy. The bullet may be well built but I never got sub MOA groups.
     
  5. Zombie Steve

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    I'll be darned if my 700 / .30-06 doesn't love the cheapie Speer 180 grain mag-tips over reloader 22.



    As far as Varget and .308, I've had really good results with a 168 grain AMAX, and while the Hornady manual says this target bullet is ok for hunting, I'd just add that short range shots are going to make a nasty mess.