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VSP had a great idea to put this up as a Sticky.
Since we get SO many questions about this, this will aid everyone( esp Noobs) on a good load.

<span style="font-weight: bold">Please list ALL components, twist, barrel mfgr,length, neck tension.
Since we know changing any variable will alter the ultimate outcome.</span>
 

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With stock Win. brass i run 44.5 RL 15 175SMK it gives me 2750fps.with Modified Brass and 47+ i get over 2900 out of 175s but accuracy suck. This is with a progresive twist shallow riffling bbl and a Bat action.
 

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On A Factory 700P I ran 45.7 RE15 to get 175SMK to 2740 before presure signs. This was with Win Brass and FGMM primers. Minimal ES and SD. Stock 26" barrel.
- I am doing a friends load development Saturday on another 700P and will see if this one is is close to the other load as well.

On my custom action (BAT dual port multi-facet) I need as little as 43.0 RE15 to get to 2750 with Win Brass and FGMM primers. 28" Bartlien Gain Twist HV 1:12 4 groove

on an AR-10T the most accurate load to match a MK4 M3 BDC was RE15 44.2 @ 2618fps with 175 SMK. I'm using that scope for another project soon and will step down on the gas to get a faster load for this rifle. This load will give you ejection port dings on the brass if you don't trim the buffer spring length. If you trim it there may be an issue with your lock time and may need the load re-tweaked. Stock 24" Lothar Walther - can't remember the twist...1:11.24? Somebody help me on twist and grove please so I don't have to look it up.
 

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Thanks guy's, don't forget barrel length..........Danka.
700P is obvious to most, but not all.(((((((((;
 

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All of my data is from three dead stock M700 barreled actions in .308:
two 26" 1-12 twist (VS & PSS) and a 20" LTR .

168SMK
FGMM FL sized w/ .336 bushing TL 2.005
Fed 210M
IMR 4895 42.7
2.210 OG
2.808 COAL
AVG VEL @ 80F: 26" 2749FPS 20" 2624FPS 300'ASL
(stolen from Desert Frog)

175SMK
LCLR FL sized w/ .337 bushing TL 2.0
Fed 210M
RE15 44.0
2.233 OG
2.801 COAL
Chrony data corrupted by muzzle blast
35MOA @ 1K yds (85F 300'ASL)
(Courtesy of Prospector)
A guy I shoot 1K with gets the EXACT same performance w/ 42.0 RE15 in his 1-10 twist Shillen bbl.


190SMK
LCLR FL sized w/.337 bushing TL 2.0
Fed210M
RE15 42.0
2.299 OG
2.885 COAL
AVG VEL 26" 2635 @ 80F 300'ASL


I'm still working on my 178AMAX load...
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More .308 load data.....
 
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    20" Schneider 5P 1:11 Twist
    GAP Palma Match Chamber

    155 Scenar
    45.5 IMR4895
    FGMM Brass
    210 Primer
    2.805" COAL
    2995 fps


    175 SMK
    43.5 RE-15
    FGMM Brass
    210 Primer
    2.800 COAL
    2750 fps
     

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    Savage 12BVSS 308 26" Barrel 1-10" twist

    All Win brass Full length resised
    155 Lapua Scenar
    46.2g RE-15
    BR2 primer
    COAL 2.815
    2950 fps approx, .5 MOA out to 300y

    175 SMK
    45.2g IMR 4064
    FGM 215 primer
    COAL 2.805
    2680 fps (i think?)

    150 Nosler Balistic tip
    45.2g IMR 4064
    FGM 215 primer
    COAL 2.865
    2920 fps, 1.5"group @ 300 yards
     

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    Rock 5R 11.27 twist, 24"

    175 SMK
    Lapua Brass
    Fed 210M
    43.5gr Reloader 15
    COAL 2.810
    2720 FPS

     

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    GAP Broughton 22" 10 twist. .002" of neck tension on all cases

    178 AMAX or 175 SMK
    BH/Win brass
    Fed 210M or 210
    45grns Varget
    Seated .005" off lands for AMAX and mag length for SMK
    2700fps

    178 AMAX or 175 SMK
    Lapua brass
    CCI 200 Standard LR
    44.6grns Varget
    Seated .005" off lands for AMAX and mag length for SMK
    2700fps

    <span style="font-weight: bold"><span style="color: #FF0000"><span style="font-size: 20pt">As always use care and work up to these loads as they may be too hot for your rifle and may be dangerous.</span></span></span>
     

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    <span style="text-decoration: underline">All loads shot from a stock Rem 5R MilSpec (24" SS barrel):</span>

    Current hunting load:

    150 Nosler Accubond
    44.5 Varget
    CCI BR-2
    WW Brass neck sized only (hornady .30-cal NS die)
    2.180" at ogive

    0.229" center-to-center @ 100:

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    Current SMK load:

    Substitute above load with 175 SMK's

    .390" center-to-center @ 100:

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    No velocity for either load; don't have a chronograph yet. it's on my xmas list though.
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    Will be trying 168TSX tomorrow; will share results. Also gonna try RE-15 with the SMK's as well.
     
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    Load developed for my LTR. 20" Barrel

    Lapua brass half neck sized using a .338" bushing
    45.1 grains of Varget
    168 Sierra Match King bullet
    Bullet length is set to 2.3125" measured to the Ogive (this is copied from FGMM)
    I use this kit to properly measure bullet seating depth: http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=231904

    Edit: This usually produces .25 to .5 MOA results in my LTR and flies around 2630 fps.

    I have another load that uses these same specs except for 43.5 grains of Varget and a 178 grain A-Max. This load tends to be more accurate than the 168 SMK load. Velocities are about 2500 fps from my 20" LTR. Not only does this load usually shoot better at 100 yards it tends to me much more consistent out to 800 and beyond than the SMK load.

    Currently I use the redding competition die set but I plan on adding the Lyman M die and the redding crimp die operations to develop a load that will work similarly with other brands of brass than just Lapua.
     

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    20" LTR .308 WIN
    168 SMK
    WIN BRASS
    WIN LR PRIMER
    42-42.3 GR VARGET
    2.825 OAL
    AVERAGE GROUP 0.290-0.597
    NO CHRONO YET
     

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    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Rijndael</div><div class="ubbcode-body">20" Schneider 5P 1:11 Twist
    GAP Palma Match Chamber

    155 Scenar
    45.5 IMR4895
    FGMM Brass
    210 Primer
    2.805" COAL
    2995 fps


    175 SMK
    43.5 RE-15
    FGMM Brass
    210 Primer
    2.800 COAL
    2750 fps </div></div>

    Holy crap that smokin from a 20"????
    same load 26" Rock 5R ran around 2975fps Win brass
     

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    Stock Remington 700 VLS, 26" barrel, 1-12" twist -


    175SMK .015" from the lands
    Lapua Brass
    CCI BR-2 Primer
    .002 neck tension via Sinclair neck expander
    44.4 gr Varget (newer lot)
    2670fps

    Produces outstanding accuracy in this rifle.
     

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    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Jedi</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Rijndael</div><div class="ubbcode-body">20" Schneider 5P 1:11 Twist
    GAP Palma Match Chamber

    155 Scenar
    45.5 IMR4895
    FGMM Brass
    210 Primer
    2.805" COAL
    2995 fps


    175 SMK
    43.5 RE-15
    FGMM Brass
    210 Primer
    2.800 COAL
    2750 fps </div></div>

    Holy crap that smokin from a 20"????
    same load 26" Rock 5R ran around 2975fps Win brass </div></div>

    I watched him chrony it and coudn't belive it either...
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    26" Broughton BBL
    44.5 grns of Varget
    175Berger VLD seated into the lands
    Fed 210M primer
    Win Brass
    2750FPS
     
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    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Jedi</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Holy crap that smokin from a 20"????</div></div>

    No doubt. This barrel and chamber have always been VERY fast. I've tried 3 different lots of 4895 now ... same results.

    FGMM 168 is running 2705.
     

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    Remington 700p LTR .308 (20")

    45.5gr IMR4895
    Lapua Brass
    155gr Lapua Scenar
    210 Primer
    2.83 OAL (max mag length)

    46.4gr IMR4895
    BHA/Win Brass
    155gr Lapua Scenar
    210 Primer
    2.83 OAL
    *** No chrono data on this load yet, but I only need 32MOA to reach 1K ('Real world' come up not QL prediction)***

    45gr BL(C)-2
    BHA/Win Brass
    175 SMK
    215 Primer
    2.83 OAL

    44gr RE15
    BHA/Win Brass
    168 A-Max
    210 Primer
    2.83 OAL

    44gr RE15
    BHA/Win Brass
    168 Hornady HPBT
    210 Primer
    2.83 OAL

    ***DISCLAIMER***
    These are MY loads, and they are safe in MY rifle...Please WORK UP!

    -Wil
     

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    24" SPR
    80 F.
    170 Lapua lockbase bullet
    Accurate 2520 powder 43.5 gr.
    Rem 9 1/2 primer
    2.840 OAL Win. brass
    SD 8 for 10 rounds 2645 @ 5yards
    Shot 3 five round groups- .54, .56 , .8
    Had tried N 550 1.3 moa, BL(C)-2 1 moa
    Want to say thanks to the gent at Maple Hill Gunclub for telling me about Accurate 2520 with the 170 lockbase bullets
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    Remington 700SS 5R stock with bedding and trigger job.
    All Loads 1/2 MOA or better.
    Temps were in the 80-90* range for all groups fired.

    SMK 155gr
    Remington brass
    CCI BR2
    IMR-4064 at 45.5gr
    2.820 COL

    SMK 155gr
    Remington brass
    CCI BR2
    Reloader 15 at 44.5 and 45.5gr
    2.820 COL

    SMK 175gr
    BLack Hills brass
    CCI BR2
    IMR-4895 at 43gr
    2.820 COL

    SMK 175gr
    Black Hills brass
    CCI BR2
    IMR-4064 at 44gr
    2.820 COL

    SMK 175gr
    Black Hills brass
    CCI BR2
    Varget at 45gr
    2.820 COL

     
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    25" Rock, 5R, 11.25" twist, Minimum SAMI-spec chamber w/ short lead.

    43.1 gr. VV N150
    175 VLD
    Lapua Brass
    CCI BR-2 Primer
    Loaded .005" in the lands

    Runs around 2660 with ES of 10.52 and SD of 4.79; very accurate, but rather temp sensitive; 35 MOA to 1000 at 200' and around 90 degrees

    45.8 gr. Varget
    155 Scenar
    Lapua Brass
    CCI Br-2 Primer
    OAL 2.825 (don't know about relationship to lands; never checked it)

    Runs around 2910 with about 11 fps SD; very accurate load in my rifle; 32 MOA to 1000 yards at 200' and around 90 degrees.
     

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    My IMR4895 loads are used by alot guys, so here is my (Dans)heavy varget Palma load
    lapua brass, Lapua 155 scenar
    CCIBR2
    Varget 47.8
    OAL 2.925
    single load only
    CAUTION THIS IS WAY OVER MAX, WORK UP TO

    Used this load thru Kali summer zero pressure problems
    Routinely ran 3000fps from 26" Rem Varmint barrel
    Shoots pert good, used by several palma guys
     
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    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Jedi</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Shoots pert good... </div></div>

    I seen him do it too....
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    Mine.

    175 SMK @ 2.800
    IMR 4064 43.4 grn's
    Lapua Brass
    CCI BR-2

    2700fps in my GAP 700 22" Broughton
     

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    Maybe a little off the "focus" of this thread, but still on topic I think: anyone have any varmint loads worked up for 308?
     

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    Sub sonic..


    Gap SP (lite)
    rem700,Rock 20" 1-11.27 (or whatever)
    Srt Shadow
    brass : LC std.
    primer: CCI 250
    powder: Trail Boss 10.6gn
    bullet: 190 SMK
    OAL : 2.810
    FPS : 1055fps
    1.5" at 300yds


    high power load
    brass : Lapua
    primer: 210
    powder: Varget 47.0gn
    bullet: 155 Scenar
    OAL 2.900ish
    shoots bugholes
     

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    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: SPDGG</div><div class="ubbcode-body">"stungib" You getting about 2750+ out of that? </div></div>
    I don't know about him, but I got 2718FPS AVG @85F 300'ASL last Saturday with:

    178AMAX
    LCLR case
    45.5 RE-15
    Fed 210M

    14MOA @ 600yds; 36MOA @ 1K

    Primers looked wierd after; I backed off to 44.4 for today....
     

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    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Two Shoes</div><div class="ubbcode-body">VSP had a great idea to put this up as a Sticky.
    Since we get SO many questions about this, this will aid everyone( esp Noobs) on a good load.

    <span style="font-weight: bold">Please list ALL components, twist, barrel mfgr,length, neck tension.
    Since we know changing any variable will alter the ultimate outcome.</span> </div></div>
    I load 45.5grs RE15 with Rem brass and primers(9.5) using Hornady SST or Sierra SBT bullets. Only shot the Sierra bullets in my rifle but loaded the SSTs for a buddy, he just shot them the other day, he reported they were very, very accurate. Just the other week I compared Varget and RE15 using 42grs each with 168MKs, same components as above, while groups at 200yds werent too impressive,(6X scope) the 100yd group with the RE15 went 9/16th" for 3 shots, 2 literally in the same hole, out of my stock Remington barrel. Varget didnt fair as well, so much for Layne Simpsons "great" 308 loads per Rifleshooter mag issue. Oh, I use Hornady dies, dont have the foggiest what the neck tension is, havent got that anal yet, bullet is seated .040" off the lands. Stock Rem. stainless sporter barrel, 10 twist, 24".
     

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    Here's a goody...

    Norma match brass
    Federal 210M
    47.2 gr VV N550
    Sierra 190 Matchking

    Seat to 2.80". Velocity out of my 26" Hart 10" twist barrel is 2730 to 2740.

    Comeups from 100 yd zero:

    100 +0
    200 +1.5
    300 +4.0
    400 +6.75
    500 +10.0
    600 +13.5
    700 +17.5
    800 +22.0
    900 +27.0
    1000 +33.0
     

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    155 Scenar
    Lapua brass
    44.5g RL-15
    F210M
    2.850 OAL
    2950fps@80 degrees from a 22" 11.27 twist Rock barrel

    175 SMK
    Lapua brass
    43.5g RL-15
    F210M
    2.810 OAL
    2725fps@80 degrees from a 22" 11.27 twist Rock barrel
     

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    Great thread, keep bringing it to the table.........please remember barrel length is as important as any other factor...........include it also.
    Thanks for the postings..................
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    GAP Built Rem700
    22" Obermeyer 1-11 twist
    A-5 stock
    Badger detach mag
    NightForce BR 12-42x56 NP-R2

    175 Berger VLD
    Lapua Brass Fire formed then inside neck reamed on a foster trimmer sized with redding S die .334 bushing trimed primer pocket with Sinclair uniformer
    CCI BR-2
    Varget 43.5
    Last fired 25 rounds 5 shot groups at 600
    1-5 AVG 2631 ES 12.58 SD 5.38
    6-10 AVG 2622 ES 22.71 SD 8.60
    11-15 AVG 2636 ES 29.25 SD 11.09
    16-20 AVG 2626 ES 12.54 SD 5.56
    21-25 AVG 2655 ES 8.16 SD 3.16
     

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    H&S Precision HTR 24' 1x12 twist

    WW Virgin Brass-Full BR prep
    No Turn Neck
    Neck Sized using Redding Neck Sizing Die with Carbide ball. necks lubed using Neco Moly kit.
    Headspace measures "0" on MCS Precision Mike
    Fed 210M
    168 SMK
    42.2 Varget
    2.810 OAL

    Loaded on Dillon 650. Bullets seated with Redding Micrometer BR die.

    Shoots in the .2's to .3's at 100 at 22x from a rest. Amazing accuracy.
     
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    168 Nosler BTHP's
    42.6 IMR4895
    WIN/BH Brass
    Fed 210
    2.800 oal
    -works well in my 22" Shilen 700 and my 26" Savage 10FP

    168 Amax
    43.6 IMR4895
    WIN/BH Brass
    Fed 210
    2.845 oal
    -work very well in my Savage (and from the mag too!)

    168/180 Hornady BTHP's
    41.4 IMR4895
    Rem (168) Fed (180) Brass
    Fed 210
    2.810" oal
    -Sillywet offhand load, Factory Stock LTR Barreled action (with a RB 10oz trigger) in a McMillan Master Silhouette stock-don't know how they group but the steel falls at 200-500m every time if I can break the shot while the dot's on the animal!

    Think I'm gonna play with 155's next, lots of good stuff in this thread!
     

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    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Jedi</div><div class="ubbcode-body">My IMR4895 loads are used by alot guys, </div></div>

    And they would be????????
     

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    I didnt post IMR load info as Wil took care of that.
    Do a search on 155 scenar the guys shooting IMR are probably using my old load.
    My goal was to equal performance of Dan's heavy vargay load but feed from mag, had to use Badger DBM to get extra room needed but i,m there. 27MOA @1K Wil can vouch for that, wont be posting that load data coz its way over MAX.
     
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    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Jedi</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I didnt post IMR load info as Wil took care of that.
    Do a search on 155 scenar the guys shooting IMR are probably using my old load.
    My goal was to equal performance of Dan's heavy vargay load but feed from mag, had to use Badger DBM to get extra room needed but i,m there. 27MOA @1K Wil can vouch for that, wont be posting that load data coz its way over MAX. </div></div>

    -gotcha. My mag length just extended for my 700, it'll match my Savage now probably. I went to an AICS and the mag length beat the heck outta the factory box!!
     

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    Nosler 168gr Custom Competition
    IMI Match brass
    Winchester LR primer
    43.2gr Hodgdon Varget
    2.825" COAL

    2,670 f/s from a stock Remington 700VS, duplicates FGMM 168 out of the same rifle.

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    Hornady 168gr BTHP Match
    IMI Match brass
    Winchester LR primer
    42.0gr TAC
    2.790" COAL

    This is my 300 yards and less go to load. Capable of VERY tiny goups.

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    Sierra 175gr MatchKing
    IMI Match brass
    Winchester LR primer
    42.2gr Hodgdon Varget
    2.825" COAL

    2,640 f/s from a Savage M12 with a 26" Douglas 1:10 RoT. Average 5-shot group is under 3/4 MOA out to 300 (most of the time closer to 1/2 MOA).

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    Sierra 175gr MatchKing
    IMI Match brass
    Winchester LR primer
    44.0gr Hodgdon Varget
    2.825" COAL
     

    crowsnest2002

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    Re: Loads For .308 Winchester

    <span style="font-weight: bold">165grn Hornady SST</span>
    Well fellas I've been loading up 165 grn Hornady SST's for my 20"LTR Here's the results with Varget. I've tried completely up and down the scale and here is what I've gotten with Varget alone that is the best..

    BRASS:Winchester
    BULLETS:165grn Hornady SST's
    POWDER: 44.2 Varget
    PRIMERS:CCI Large Rifle
    OAL:2.8"

    Results: The best group with the spectrum of varget weights was 44.2grns of Varget which gave me an average five shot group of .8" of and inch at 100 yards.

    The second best group with powder ratio was with 44.4 grns of varget giving me .9" of an inch at 100yards.

    From these points it didnt matter what I did with the powder charges, the groups just opened up either way I went. I will update on other powders soon to come.
     

    rockpup

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    Re: Loads For .308 Winchester

    175smk, win brass, br-2, 44.4 varget, box stock 700p with 26" 1:12 barrel threaded for AWC Spec-90 suppressor.
    I'm getting 2600fps, which seems low compared to most other peoples loads, so I'm going to guess it's the factory chamber vs a 'custom' chamber.
    0-100yd
    +39-1000yd at 85 degree's
    best I've done is 3 consecutive on an 8" steel at 1000 yards, and a 3/8" 5 shot group at 100 yards. Normally .5 moa
     
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    Re: Loads For .308 Winchester

    Rifle-
    Remington 700
    26" Shilen Select Match chambered in 308 Winchester Match 1:12 twist.

    175SMK-
    42.8g RL15, Win Brass, CCI BR2 primer- 2690 fps.
    43.3g RL15, Win Brass, Fed 210M primer- 2740 fps.

    110g VMAX-
    49g H335, Win Brass, Fed 210M primer- 3300 fps.
     

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    178gr Hornady A-MAX
    41.7gr reloader-15
    Hornady Match Brass
    CCI BR-2 Primers
    Headspace set at -.003
    OAL 2.803

    Out of my FN SPRA1 24" I'm seeing about 2675-2690fps depending on the weather conditions. For my gun this load is a tack driver. Best 5 shot group at 100yds was .203 inches
     
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    Hooper

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    Re: Loads For .308 Winchester

    Rem 700P 308win, 22" barrel and a throat so long the bullet leaves the case as it hits the rifling.

    175smk
    fed case
    fed210 primer
    43 gr IMR4064
    2.815oal

    This load is a hammer in my rifle and I get approx. 2625fps out of it. Come ups are 15.5moa @ 600 and 38.5 @ 1k