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Thread: Powder for .308 winchester

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    Powder for .308 winchester

    I am going to begin reloading .308 winchester for my steyr scout, primarily used for stalking. I have read Richard Lees second edition reloading manual. I have read through some of the load data for .308 winchester. I am going to start with 150 grain jacketed bullet. I have some geco,remington,winchester brass to try. I am a little confused as to which powder is more suitable.I was also toying with the idea of trying a 120 grain bullet as well. What benefits are there of me using a smaller grain bullet? Can anyone advise me further as to what would be suitable and why. Many thanks, Ed.

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    Hi Ed, I always got on well with IMR 4064 for years until I was seduced by all the rave talk of Vihtavuori powder. I think when I finish the current can of Viht I will go back to 4064. No doubt you will get so many differing opinions you will wish you had never asked

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    Varget or Reloder15 would be my starting points for the 308win, though there are plenty of alternatives.

    I would fix on a good 150gr spire point - Hornady or Sierra should be readily available. and work with that until you get results you are happy with. Worry about more specialised light or heavy loads later down the line when you have a bit more confidence.

    Use only one type of brass for any given load.
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    I have always had good results with BLC-2 46-48grs with a 150gr sierra prohunters seems to do the trick.
    ATB SEAN

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    I have found that BLC-2 under the Hornady 130 Grain Spire point to be very good.

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    BLC-2 get's a nod from me, as does 4064. Both excellent.~Muir

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    I have gone over to using vectan powders as they are still under 30 a pound plus lawmans will post 2 tubs for about 15

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    I would recommend using what you can get a reliable supply of in your local area. There is nothing worse than working up a load only to find that some of the components are no longer available. I'm using reloader 15 in my 308 and the chrono says I'm getting 3000fps with the 150 grain Hornady spire point. Some of the cases have been reloaded 9 times now with this load and I'm seeing no problems or pressure signs plus I took several years to work up to this load. I intend sticking with the RL15 and the spire points for as long as I can get them but don't get caught in the trap, as I did, of working up loads only to find you can no longer get a supply of the components as it means you spend your life without a load that you are really confident in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caorach View Post
    I would recommend using what you can get a reliable supply of in your local area. There is nothing worse than working up a load only to find that some of the components are no longer available. I'm using reloader 15 in my 308 and the chrono says I'm getting 3000fps with the 150 grain Hornady spire point. Some of the cases have been reloaded 9 times now with this load and I'm seeing no problems or pressure signs plus I took several years to work up to this load. I intend sticking with the RL15 and the spire points for as long as I can get them but don't get caught in the trap, as I did, of working up loads only to find you can no longer get a supply of the components as it means you spend your life without a load that you are really confident in.
    You won't go far wrong with the above advice !
    ATB

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