173 grain M118 bullets...

Just Jim

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Was cleaning out my bench recently, and discovered a small lot of DCM 173 grain M118 bullets. Anyone have a proven .308 load using AA2520, IMR 3031 or Varget? Given the current scarcity of components, I'd like to shorten the load development process.

Thanks in advance! Jim
 

donws2

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Re: 173 grain M118 bullets...

45.O of Varget in LC brass is warm but works well in three different 700's. One a Sendero, One a PSS and one a LTR. Any thing a 175 will take sould be safe. I've not tried 173's with TAC yet but I'm getting some great groups with it and 168/175 SMK. And the TAC is cheaper here than Varget. I love the 173's in my Garands and M1A's. I use IMR4895 for them and try to load to GI spec.
 

Jerry m

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Re: 173 grain M118 bullets...

These were sold in bulk (by the 50 caliber ammo can full) by DCM/CMP years ago. They are no longer made to my knowledge. They have not been available in at least 8-9 years (maybe longer).

Jerry
 

latisimusd

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Re: 173 grain M118 bullets...

Thought that was the case! I bought 500 at a gunshow in PA several years ago and hadn't seen any for quite a while.