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    308 lighter / softer load

    I have now gone to a 308 for all my stalking. The problem is that i used 150 gr ppu this w/end & they realy nock the bucks about. I am looking at loading some nosler bt game 125 gn & some speer 130 gn softpoints. i am thinking of running them at 2500 to 2600 fps. To limit the impact on the roe. i will be using Imr 4895 powder with cci primers. Has anyone gone down this route for roe & how do they perform ? Mainly under 100 yds. many thanks Kev
    Many thanks for all your comments.
    I am usings factory ppu, heart shots no meat damage but the other side of the ribs look like youve thrown a brick through them, all the internals are like jelly.
    We mainly shoot roe but we are now seeing a few reds on the ground so would like to be flexible.
    Last edited by 1kevb; 04-05-2014 at 21:31.

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    I gave the wrong answer in another thread where I thought this was the question, which is perhaps what you are wanting.
    They shoot very well, enough for 200 yard matches, and perform like a 125-gr at 2,900 fps would 100 yards further; in other words, quite well on game at 200 yards, without a lot of destruction. But if you drop down to 125-gr, you don't need to go below 2,650 fps for hunting. That is a good velocity for inside 200 yards, as the 6.5x55 and 7x57 demonstrate.

    Lighter factory .308 rounds choice

    Last edited by Southern; 04-05-2014 at 12:26.

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    I found the 150grain ppu realy good - very little damage on the does.
    If it were me I would stick with the 150grain but run them slower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1kevb View Post
    I have now gone to a 308 for all my stalking. The problem is that i used 150 gr ppu this w/end & they realy nock the bucks about. I am looking at loading some nosler bt game 125 gn & some speer 130 gn softpoints. i am thinking of running them at 2500 to 2600 fps. To limit the impact on the roe. i will be using Imr 4895 powder with cci primers. Has anyone gone down this route for roe & how do they perform ? Mainly under 100 yds. many thanks Kev
    I found the ppu 150gr pretty good are you sure you didnt clip the shoulder Kev?

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    Over the last 20 years I have shot quite a lot of Roe bucks with 150grn bullets out of a 30-06 with next to no damage I used 150 sierra gameking at about 3000fps.
    AT THE AGE OF 50 I DECIDED I WAS GOING TO GROW OLD F***ING DISGRACEFULLY

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    Quote Originally Posted by sikadog View Post
    Over the last 20 years I have shot quite a lot of Roe bucks with 150grn bullets out of a 30-06 with next to no damage I used 150 sierra gameking at about 3000fps.
    Me tooo bud , 30-06 is a mans calibre! Try 30-06 with 55grain heads just as much damage as the 150 sierras
    LIVE AND LET LIVE! THERES ALWAYS ANOTHER DAY!

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    My experience with nosler BT is they are pretty devastating on carcasses. So going lighter may not give you the results you want. Pushing a 125gr at 2500 is only just enough energy to be deer legal so you are loosing a lot of the advantages of the 308. I use 150gr Sierra gamekings in the 308 and get very little meat damage unless the animal is quartering and it goes through a shoulder. For me bigger and slow will always be better, I'd stick with the 150gr IMHO.


    BE

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    Nosler Partition or even Barnes (T)TSX will be great. Dammage, in normal circumstances, will be minimal. 150 to 180 grain NP are loaded by some companies. Sako offer the Barnes bullet as a factory load. Try it and convince yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big ears View Post
    My experience with nosler BT is they are pretty devastating on carcasses. So going lighter may not give you the results you want. Pushing a 125gr at 2500 is only just enough energy to be deer legal so you are loosing a lot of the advantages of the 308. I use 150gr Sierra gamekings in the 308 and get very little meat damage unless the animal is quartering and it goes through a shoulder. For me bigger and slow will always be better, I'd stick with the 150gr IMHO.


    BE
    +1 with regards to going lighter, however I would also suggest changing UP to 165gn. I used to use 150gn, but since changing to 165gn Interlocks at 2560fps with re-15, I have seen a significant reduction in the damage.

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    I was using 123 sako sp but smashed them small deer up fairly to be honest I would go heavier not lighter imho the lighter you go the faster you go , I have always found fast rounds do more meat damage I was using 170 gego to great effect next to no meat damage and one hell of a punch with it , and 22 a box I have just started to reload and have loaded all my summer rounds up for the 243 ,so I about to start with 150gr serria game king for the 308
    Last edited by berg; 04-05-2014 at 17:50.

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