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Finally .308 Success with handloads

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Dyjital, Feb 17, 2016.

  1. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Ive been wrestling with this .308 Remington 700 SPS Tactical for a few months trying to get a single hole at 100 yards.

    The rave was about 168gr Hornady AMax and 168gr Hornady Match ammo. So I gave it a try. With working up powder loads I couldn't get close to a single hole 3 or let alone a 5 shot pattern.

    Today I went out and I'm now loading .025" off the lands and using Sierra match kings at 175 grains.

    Finally. Success and with a 5 shot group!!

    40 gr of IMR 3031, 2.320" from ogive, CCI Magnum primers, no crimp and neck sizing only.

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    I'm a happy camper. Now I need more pills.
     
  2. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    I knew you were going to say SMK. They've been working very well for a very long time.
     
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  3. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Good work there. I settled in on 168r bthp sierras with 43.5gr varget. I found that more closely matched my FedGM Match 168r bthp ammo which shoots well in the PSS for me.
     
  4. oli700

    oli700 Rogue Valley Well-Known Member

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    very nice work

    how are you prepping brass ?......have done a lot of this and was really surprised at the results of neck tension , trim length etc.
     
  5. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Neck sized only using fire formed brass. Trimmed to 2.003 +\- .003".

    Using the ball expander that's on the RCBS sizer only. I think it's .305" ID after sizing so .003" of tension. I could measure and double check.
     
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  6. oli700

    oli700 Rogue Valley Well-Known Member

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    I hate to say to mess with anything because your rifle is shooting very well , especially for a non bagged "light" gun but if you get board I think you could go "benchrest" prep and find an even smaller group
    not sure if your chasing 1 hole or 1 moa though.......don't think your going to find a true 1 hole group off of a bipod
     
  7. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    shootin high and to the left man.


    :Djk!! nice group. that looks like arpc. i've only been there once.
     
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  8. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    I forgot the sled otherwise it would have been locked down tighter than a Nuns.... shoes.

    I'm chasing a cloverleaf at a maximum. I need a lighter trigger than the X-Mark to get some human error out of the equation. If shot # 5 wouldn't have flew right and low I would have had a perfect pattern for what I wanted.

    Dream: 1000y and 1-2MOA of accuracy.

    Actual goal: 800y 1/2-3/4 Accuracy.

    If I can do that I'll be happy.

    I need to work this load up to ranges now and verify again with the sled.


    And @v0lcom13sn0w you knucklehead... I did adjust 1/2 MOA right after I was done shooting. I want +1.5@100.
     
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  9. tarster

    tarster Albany Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Beautiful! I am trying to find a load, and seeing as you basically have the same rifle.. minus our stocks are different.. I will be trying that load. I have not gotten much into Ogive loading, would you mind illustrate it for me? I just dont quite understand how to measure it my self.

    also.. what app are you using on your phone??
     
  10. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    1.5@100 is exactly what i do with my 308. My 308 is for hunting though.savage 11 trophy hunter... nothin special. My hunting loads consist of FL sized brass 46.0gr BLC2 and a 165gr NOS BT. 2.800" shoots good groups as far as my standards go. furthest shot was a milk jug at 450 yards. anything further i just dont have the optic to do so; the gun will go farther for sure though.
     
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  11. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    That group appears to be one slightly ragged hole and MOA!
    Very nice group, Dyjital! I agree that shooting off bags would tighten it up a tad but I get that you're shooting it as it is intended to be used. Congrats!:)
     
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  12. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Ballistic AE on iPhone

    As far as measuring maximum OAL... I ended up buying a OAL gauge by Hornady.
    See this video:


    If you want we can get together and get you some measurements using my tools.
     
  13. tarster

    tarster Albany Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    so what ended up being your OAL for those? I do not have all the other comparator stuff. I was loading to 2.8 for a OAL for my self.
     
  14. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    @tarster
    Not sure of the OAL. The inconsistencies on the points of the bullet will give different results.

    Using the comparator it was 2.320", but to the tip.... Dunno.

    Each rifle must be measured to find it's perfect length.
     
  15. tarster

    tarster Albany Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I just wish there was an easier way to measure it without investing another 60 - 80 dollars in comparator stuff.. but then again.. I guess if you want to make a single hole you have to spend the money.
     
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  16. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Most expensive piece was the OAL gauge. Then all that's needed is the comparator with the .30 bushing. I can go through it with you using my stuff if you want. Set up dies etc.
     
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  17. tarster

    tarster Albany Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Well I guess really, just would need it to figure out the OAL and set the dies according. Might have to PM you and have you over at the house to run those through.
     
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  18. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    I have a R-700 ACC SD w/a SWFA SS 10X, it has the original smooth trigger which is terrible in all respects, like a mile of rough road. Last fall I put in a weaker spring hoping to improve it's performance, a tiny bit better but still a 2 MOA gun. Meanwhile my old Savage 270 shoots sub MOA w/cheap factory ammo. I'm buying a Calvin Elite trigger to eliminate the Rem OEM horror and once I establish it can group sub MOA will work-up a load following the advise here.
    Thanks for sharing
     
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  19. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    My full data sheet. 20 rounds shot on this paper. Bet you can't find all 20...

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  20. tarster

    tarster Albany Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    do you still have it in the houge stock that it shipped with? I put mine into the hunter 700 stock and I have a trigger tech trigger coming for it, should be here friday and I hope that will help the some. I am shooting about 1 moa roughly with the stock trigger though.
     
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