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    reloading for 308

    I will be looking to reload my .308 in the near future so if anybody has any ideers? would be please to no .I was thinking 150gr pro hunters with imr4895 as that powder suits my 243 not looking for a fast round as when i was using 123gr sako sp i found they where tairing things apart.if any one has some redding dies to sell pm me

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    Tell us your rifle, how you use it, the game the ranges. Rather than us just giving you loads which work for other bullets or our rifles, it is likely someone has your exact rifle and uses it the same way, for an even more spot on answer.

    Brass makes a difference, too. Generally, somewhere 42.5 to 44.0 grains of IMR-4895 with a 150-gr bullet and normal primer ( CCI-200, Rem 9, Federal 210), will do it. 2.80 inch length. Start at 40.0 grains and 2.80 inches.

    In thicker brass, like military or Remington, 42.5 grains.
    In lighter brass and/or if you seat the bullet out to 2.810, you might find 44.5 or 44.7 to be the charm.

    So figure out what brass you will be working with, what primers you can get ( can you get Federal 210 GM?) and work around that, to begin.
    Last edited by Southern; 04-04-2014 at 11:58.

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    .308 is possibly the easiest calibre to reload for.

    Try Viht N140 as it works out much cheaper, I use that under Sierra and Nosler 150gn heads. About 43-45grns of powder does the trick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern View Post
    Tell us your rifle, how you use it, the game the ranges. Rather than us just giving you loads which work for other bullets or our rifles, it is likely someone has your exact rifle and uses it the same way, for an even more spot on answer.

    Brass makes a difference, too. Generally, somewhere 42.5 to 44.0 grains of IMR-4895 with a 150-gr bullet and normal primer ( CCI-200, Rem 9, Federal 210), will do it. 2.80 inch length. Start at 40.0 grains and 2.80 inches.

    In thicker brass, like military or Remington, 42.5 grains.
    In lighter brass and/or if you seat the bullet out to 2.810, you might find 44.5 or 44.7 to be the charm.

    So figure out what brass you will be working with, what primers you can get ( can you get Federal 210 GM?) and work around that, to begin.
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    My rifle likes N140 or H4895, 150 grain head will do everything in woodland. Lots of folk get on well with 44 to 46g N140 with a 150 grain head. As always start low and work up

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    I use n140 (44grns) with 150 hornady SST works well in my sako

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    I use TR140 in my 7.62 target rifle. I imagine it would also work in .308 with 150gr bullets, and is a good slice cheaper than Viht N140.

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    Quote Originally Posted by berg View Post
    ... when i was using 123gr sako sp i found they where tearing things apart....



    I have some of those in .308 factory loaded but not shot any deer with them yet,
    Can you give any details please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalua View Post
    I use TR140 in my 7.62 target rifle. I imagine it would also work in .308 with 150gr bullets, and is a good slice cheaper than Viht N140.
    it does, 44-46 grns behing a 150grn prohunter works for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by private fraser View Post


    I have some of those in .308 factory loaded but not shot any deer with them yet,
    Can you give any details please.
    I just found them to be making a real mess ,someone told me they were going to fast .I used them for about six months or so then went up to 170 geco and I was getting a lot less meat damage, but a bit hard to get them a few weeks ago there should be more in now but I think as I have started loading for the 243 I might as well load the 308 . on the plus side if you are not worried about meat damage then they are quite flat and they would probably work better on the larger deer as the few fallow I shot with them weren't to bad ,but a lot of blood in the flank when shot in the shoulder much more than what I have been getting with the geco ,another plus is, I now have 200 + sako brass to load not much help try them and see let me no how you find them
    Last edited by berg; 05-04-2014 at 08:57.

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