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Old 02-22-2018, 4:59 PM
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Default .308 - VLD vs ELD-X vs Accubond LR

First let me clarify that I don't have any desire to do any "Long Range Hunting". For me long range hunting starts at about 200 yards (and currently ends at 300 yards).

I do want to simplify my ammunition a bit though once I start reloading for my .308.

My main goal is to have a round I can shoot to 1000 (at targets) but still hunt with if I want to lug my .308 around.

Gun is a Rem 700 5r Milspec - .308 - 24" Barrel with 11 1/4 twist.

I've been shooting 175 grain sierra match kings (factory loads from Federal) and get 1/2 to 3/4 MOA depending on how much I pay attention. I'm pretty happy with that for factory ammo and would probably keep buying that except I do want to take a deer or antelope with the gun eventually.

The VLD gets a lot of praise but the descriptions lead me to believe it does a lot of damage to the meat.

If you were loading a round to shoot targets and game what bullet (and weight) would choose? I'm also open to other bullet suggestions that don't include buying (or re-barreling to) a 6.5 Creedmore.

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Old 02-22-2018, 5:31 PM
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Sierra 180 gr GameKing
Nosler Partitions have always been accurate
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Good luck getting the Berger's, they are trying to get caught up with back orders.
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Berger 175 or 180 grain VLD Hunting.
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Bullets.com may have some 308 bullets on close out they are closing the doors


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The 185 grain VLD hunting bullet is the most accurate bullet out of both my .300 Win Mag and my .30-06. I have not tried them in my .308. Earlier this month I shot a cow elk in Eastern Oregon with my .300 win and a 185 VLD. The shot was only around 75 yards but it was dead right there. The outfitter uses the 185 VLD exclusively in his .300 Win. He says too many clients using tough bullets, wound and loose elk due to non-expansion and poor shot placement.
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You do realize that starting in July, 2019 you'll have to use lead-free bullets if you hunt in California.

This doesn't answer your question directly but you still might find the info useful.

I sort of wrestled with the same issue. My long range is perhaps a bit shorter than yours and I'm not necessarily looking to shoot at 1000 yard steel targets with my '06 but I didn't want to have to use expensive hunting rounds for target practice.

150 grain Hornady SSTs have the same BC as Hornady 150 grain GMXs. The SSTs are cheaper but they're not suitable for hunting so I use them for target ammo. The only drawback is that the two bullets have radically different points of impact for the same point of aim, with the GMX shooting about 6" higher. If you don't like Hornady, the people I've talked to speak very highly of the Barnes TTSX lead-free bullets. Barnes might have a less expensive leaded bullet that has roughly the same ballistics as the TTSX.
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You do realize that starting in July, 2019 you'll have to use lead-free bullets if you hunt in California.

This doesn't answer your question directly but you still might find the info useful.

I sort of wrestled with the same issue. My long range is perhaps a bit shorter than yours and I'm not necessarily looking to shoot at 1000 yard steel targets with my '06 but I didn't want to have to use expensive hunting rounds for target practice.

150 grain Hornady SSTs have the same BC as Hornady 150 grain GMXs. The SSTs are cheaper but they're not suitable for hunting so I use them for target ammo. The only drawback is that the two bullets have radically different points of impact for the same point of aim, with the GMX shooting about 6" higher. If you don't like Hornady, the people I've talked to speak very highly of the Barnes TTSX lead-free bullets. Barnes might have a less expensive leaded bullet that has roughly the same ballistics as the TTSX.

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Yup. I am one of the lucky ones who was able to escape. Appreciate the info so far. Any other tips are appreciated!
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