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Let me hear your most accurate loads..my first 308. Savage 10 FCP-SR 24" bbl
Bolt gun loads only please....I see mostly loads for semi auto and 20" bolt guns.
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The best load for any rifle is the one you work up and test for your particular rifle. A load that works well for my rifle could be dangerous in yours.

That being said, my Savage 10 FCP-SR prefers Varget pushing 168 gr SMK's.
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The best load for any rifle is the one you work up and test for your particular rifle. A load that works well for my rifle could be dangerous in yours.

That being said, my Savage 10 FCP-SR prefers Varget pushing 168 gr SMK's.
I probably should have been a little more specific.......

Just bullet and powder.
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I am working with on these with my savage FLCP-SR 308
-168 grn A-max, varget 42.5 - 43 grn, 2.8 oal, cbc brass
- 178 grn ELD-X, IMR 4895 39.5-40.5grn, 2.8 OAL, CBC brass
- 178 grn ELD-X, VARGET 40.5-41.5 grn, 2.8 OAL, CBC brass
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I am working with on these with my savage FLCP-SR 308
-168 grn A-max, varget 42.5 - 43 grn, 2.8 oal, cbc brass
- 178 grn ELD-X, IMR 4895 39.5-40.5grn, 2.8 OAL, CBC brass
- 178 grn ELD-X, VARGET 40.5-41.5 grn, 2.8 OAL, CBC brass
Thank you.
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GMX 150 grain with 44.5 grains of H4895.
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5r 24" bbl.
I mostly use varget, imr4064, and reserve h4895 for semis.
Speer, hornady and nosler in 155, 168, 175, 180 have all shot well.
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Hornady 168 HPBT
Hornady 168 A-Max
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5r 24" bbl.
I mostly use varget, imr4064, and reserve h4895 for semis.
Speer, hornady and nosler in 155, 168, 175, 180 have all shot well.
Which speer did you find shot well?
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175 SMK or Berger VLD seated at mag length Nosler RDF seated on the lands

Rem 700 5R stainless with 2536 rounds down the tube. (yes I keep very good records. Peterson brass Fed 215 match primers
MR2000 powder 47.5 produces 2750 for the SMK/Berger and 2680 for the RDF. Bullet is still doing 1310 at 980 yards and cut one hole 3/8" groups at 100 yards.

Be advised 47.5 is max in the Hornady manual and 47.7 is max for the powder manufacturer . I do not have pressure issues but you might. It's to hot a load for Lake City brass.

by the way the barrel is off the gun and we are now working up loads for the 6xc and she is shooting extremely well.

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Hunting or target?

Hunting:
308 Win Hornady 165g BTSP IMR4064 44 grn CCI 200 2600 fps
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Hunting or target?

Hunting:
308 Win Hornady 165g BTSP IMR4064 44 grn CCI 200 2600 fps
Target sir, sorry I didn't mention that in op....
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175 SMK or Berger VLD seated at mag length Nosler RDF seated on the lands

Rem 700 5R stainless with 2536 rounds down the tube. (yes I keep very good records. Peterson brass Fed 215 match primers
MR2000 powder 47.5 produces 2750 for the SMK/Berger and 2680 for the RDF. Bullet is still doing 1310 at 980 yards and cut one hole 3/8" groups at 100 yards.

Be advised 47.5 is max in the Hornady manual and 47.7 is max for the powder manufacturer . I do not have pressure issues but you might. It's to hot a load for Lake City brass.

by the way the barrel is off the gun and we are now working up loads for the 6xc and she is shooting extremely well.
I bought a 308 to give my 6 and 7mm barrels a rest when shooting under 1K. I picked 308 because it would be "easy" to load for and then I started reading and found it seems like a complex round. Thanks for all the help all you guys.
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I bought a 308 to give my 6 and 7mm barrels a rest when shooting under 1K. I picked 308 because it would be "easy" to load for and then I started reading and found it seems like a complex round. Thanks for all the help all you guys.
6mm is far easier to develop a load for. The 308 is forgiving but not like a 6x47 or a 6 cm or xc

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Which speer did you find shot well?
Target Match 168 bthp. (2.820" cci200) To me, they're about as good as hornady's.

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Target Match 168 bthp. (2.820" cci200) To me, they're about as good as hornady's.
Again, thanks.
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So while I am waiting for the rifle, I loaded up some zeroing/barrel seasoning rounds.

15-----speer 125 TNT HP 44gr of IMR4895 in PMC brass 2.700"

5-------Hornady 175gr HPBT with 41gr IMR4895 in PMC brass 2.800"

I am sure these aren't ideal powder bullet combos, but for my purpose they will work until
My new components show up.....

####### One thing I noticed is PMC brass must be thick because I am low in the charge
Column and wouldnt be able to get anywhere near a max load in that brass.
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So while I am waiting for the rifle, I loaded up some zeroing/barrel seasoning rounds.

15-----speer 125 TNT HP 44gr of IMR4895 in PMC brass 2.700"

5-------Hornady 175gr HPBT with 41gr IMR4895 in PMC brass 2.800"

I am sure these aren't ideal powder bullet combos, but for my purpose they will work until
My new components show up.....

####### One thing I noticed is PMC brass must be thick because I am low in the charge
Column and wouldnt be able to get anywhere near a max load in that brass.

4895 is a bulky powder and you'd be hard pressed to get 42-43 grains in there and still seat at mag length

that's one reason I said MR2000, it's dense enough to get a full charge and then some in the case with out compression. Varget works the same way and so does RL 15
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4895 is a bulky powder and you'd be hard pressed to get 42-43 grains in there and still seat at mag length

that's one reason I said MR2000, it's dense enough to get a full charge and then some in the case with out compression. Varget works the same way and so does RL 15
I will pick up some mr2000 when I pick up the rifle, for now I will go with what I have on hand. Damn I should have used my norma 203b for this.
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Sierra 168gr bthp[#2200], IMR4895 or IMR4064. Rem 700 Police w/24" heavy barrel.
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I will pick up some mr2000 when I pick up the rifle, for now I will go with what I have on hand. Damn I should have used my norma 203b for this.
would have been a better choice for heavier bullets. 4895 is a great powder for 150's
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I had great results for a target/antelope load for a Rem700V
Sierra 165 bthp Game King
Federal Match brass
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Would print .5moa at the range. Longest field shot was ~400 yards in southern Wyoming for antelope.
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41.5 grains imr4895 and a 168 smk. Shoots under an inch in my ruger American predator.

I chronographed the rounds and got 2631fps which, according to my ballistics app is still supersonic at 1000. Thatís with the 18Ē barrel. Iíd imagine itíd be faster with a 22-24Ē barrel.


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41.5 grains imr4895 and a 168 smk. Shoots under an inch in my ruger American predator.

I chronographed the rounds and got 2631fps which, according to my ballistics app is still supersonic at 1000. Thatís with the 18Ē barrel. Iíd imagine itíd be faster with a 22-24Ē barrel.


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super sonic or above 1300 fps? the transonic zone starts at about 1300 fps and that's usually when bullet instability can start. above 1300 fps and all is good, the closer to 1000 fps things start going down hill quick.

Not trying to bad mouth the 168 SMK but very few experienced shooters use it beyond 600. It typically peters out at 800 and can't stay in the black at 1000.
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super sonic or above 1300 fps? the transonic zone starts at about 1300 fps and that's usually when bullet instability can start. above 1300 fps and all is good, the closer to 1000 fps things start going down hill quick.



Not trying to bad mouth the 168 SMK but very few experienced shooters use it beyond 600. It typically peters out at 800 and can't stay in the black at 1000.


It isnít transonic, itís only cisonic.

Oh, wrong forum.

No, it is barely super. And I think goes sub by 1100yds. Iíve never really shot past 600. But itís a really accurate load for me. I use imr4895 because I have lots of it on hand for the garands. And it also works well in my bolt 06ís. And I love the powder. And I didnít feel like buying a separate for 308.


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It isnít transonic, itís only cisonic.

Oh, wrong forum.

No, it is barely super. And I think goes sub by 1100yds. Iíve never really shot past 600. But itís a really accurate load for me. I use imr4895 because I have lots of it on hand for the garands. And it also works well in my bolt 06ís. And I love the powder. And I didnít feel like buying a separate for 308.


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More like "why are you assuming my sonic?"

I hear ya, I have a good quantity of 4895 on the shelf. it just is not the best choice for 175's in the 308 but it works wonders for my Garand as well.
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