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    light loads for 308

    I have a 308 and have been using 150/180 grain bullets, I have just bought some 123 grains hoping to use on roe i have zero thenm at 100yards and found they are very simular to the 150's i normally use I have not used them on roe as yet wondered if any body has used then to any results.

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    I prefer the 130 grain Hornady Spire Points. May I suggest you give them a look.

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    Even better are the 125 grain BT

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    Yes the 125 bts, 130 HPs and the 130 gn TSX have a bit of a following here also. Load them to 3000 fps.

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    [QUOTE=Brithunter;410876]I prefer the 130 grain Hornady Spire Points. May I suggest you give them a look.[/Q

    How do the spire points perfom ? I am look for something for a light load in my 30-06.

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    [QUOTE=YoungGun;410997]
    Quote Originally Posted by Brithunter View Post
    I prefer the 130 grain Hornady Spire Points. May I suggest you give them a look.[/Q

    How do the spire points perfom ? I am look for something for a light load in my 30-06.
    So far Ihave used them in a special bespoke built 30-30 bolt action and a couple of .308 rifles. My P-H 1100 Lwt loves them as does the Medwell:-



    Shot on the 100 yard part of Bisley's Short Siberia.



    This roe Doe was shot with the 130 Grn Spire Point at roughly 75 yards using the pictured Medwell & Perritt rifle in 30-30 Winchester. She took about five steps and dropped and that was it. She had been about 15 paces behind me at one point and had stamped at me then ran up the edge of the wood and stopped and turned as she was not sure "what" she had seen. The load drives the 130 Grn hornady at around 2800 fps.

    The bottom small group was shot not long after acquiring the P-H 1100 Lwt on the 75m range at Reepham Moor:-







    Using this old Nikko Stirling Special 4x32 that has the German Tri Post reticle.

    I was trying to get a nice load for my P-H 1100 Deluxe in 30-06 but things got in the way.

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    Mountainstalker, have you ever used the 130 gr TSX ? Meatdammage probably is fairly acceptabel. I am stuck to factory ammo the first years. Sako have a 160 or 165 grain TSX as a factory load in the 308. Maybe intresting as an allround round from muntjac to red deer?

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    Hales, the short answer is no, i have only used the 225 gn tsx in .35 cal to date. I have bags of bulk 150 SPs (hornady, winchester etc) for my .308 that i am working through. That said the 125/130 loadings are popular (factory and handloads) here and in NZ with .308 users who want velocity, greater knockdown, less concerned about exit wounds and want a bit less recoil for use on lighter game, such as wild goats, pigs, sika, fallow, chamois. The speer and hornady 130 hp/sp/s and nosler 125 bts should open up quick. i have seen some images of the 130 tsxs from animals and read reports of good performance. They seem to behave as you would expect from the tsx at that velocity. The hornady 130s were designed for 30 cal pistol cartridges, inparticular the .30 Herret for a contender pistol. my guess is the jacket is pretty thin and you could have a very explosive pill at 2800 fps + impact velocity.

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    I use the 120 grain TSX be if in 6.5 and it's excellent!

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