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308 Reloading Question

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Chris C., Oct 26, 2012.

  1. Chris C.

    Chris C. Southern Oregon Member

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    I currently worked up a load that shoots great out of my bolt gun (42 gr. IMR 3031 w/ 168 SMK using federal brass). This load is pretty hot and I am wondering if it is safe to shoot out of a Noveski N6 (AR-10 type).

    Also, as I am new to reloading and long range shooting, is 175 gr. SMK or 168 gr. SMK better???

    Thank you for your help:)
     
  2. Greenbug

    Greenbug Bend Well-Known Member

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    That load should be fine in your Noveske, it is still a grain below max in most of the manuals I looked at. Watch for pressure signs on your brass.

    Most of the people I know using the .308 to shoot long range actually use the 155 grain palma type VLD bullet. However I am still using 168's with fine success.
     
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  3. Chris C.

    Chris C. Southern Oregon Member

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    Thank you for the advice. I am not familiar with the 155 grain palma vld bullet. I'll have to look into it. Have a great day
     
  4. My 3 sons

    My 3 sons Bonney Lake Active Member

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    Be cautious running loads too hot in a semi auto. I roached the bolt carrier group on my Armalite AR-10 with what sounds like a similar charge you are describing. My sons Rem 700 was just fine with the same round.
    I shoot 200yds no problem with 168gr Amax. Some of the guys I talk with say the extra grain weight helps with over 300yd shots. I'm not good enough to shoot that long. Too old to see the target that far. Lol
     
  5. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely use caution with high pressure loads in gas operated firearms, regardless of it being an AR platform, M-1, M-1A, or M-14.

    Operating rods and bolt carriers take a huge beating and sometimes give up by either bending or breaking.

    For the AR-15 or AR-10, here's a good solution though. An adjustable gas block that can regulate the rate of gas flow and limit the "SLAM" of the BCG.

    AR-15/AR10 FRONT ADJUSTABLE GAS BLOCK | Brownells


    For those that don't want to, or can't change the gas block, a tube with an adjustable metering port in it may also do the job. Use the stock gas block and have a screw adjustment for gas flow.

    MGI Adjustable Gas Tube AR-15

    Start with a minimal amount of gas flow and open the port just enough for the BCG to cycle fully and lock back on an empty mag.

    BTW, these will solve a lot of "bounce" problems that some AR-15's display when the load is just a little too warm but not enough to cause damage. If you have regular failures to lock the BCG back on an empty mag this could well be the problem.
     
  6. Chris C.

    Chris C. Southern Oregon Member

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    That is great advice. Thank you guys for the help.
     
  7. Tim K

    Tim K Colorado Member

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    The BC on the 175's is higher and it is a superior bullet for longer ranges. I ran the 168's for years in the local precision rifle competitions and did fine with them, but we didn't shoot past 450 yards.

    I've since switched to .260 Rem, but if I were still shooting a .308, I'd run the 175's for sure.
     
  8. Chris C.

    Chris C. Southern Oregon Member

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    Your advice seems consistent with what I have been hearing from several people. Thank you for the time you spent to help me make a decision.