Fox Classic Hunter .308 150grain

HappyHunter

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Enjoyable morning plinking and also trialling some none lead. Might be of use to those giving them a go.

Loading done with the very handy lee loader and was my first go reloading.

.308 Fox classic hunter 150grain
Neck sized Geco brass
20" 1 in 10 barrell
All C.O.A.L 69.5mm
50m
6 shot groups

44.0grain VIHT N140
2646.5 fps avg
101 fps spread
2332 ft lb avg
Good group (shoot n see)

44.5grain VIHT N140
2693 fps avg
65 fps spread
2416 ft lb avg
Worst group (paper target) - maybe some of this me.

45.0grain VIHT N140
2758 fps average
36 fps spread
2534 ft lb avg
Decent group (paper target).

One round recovered from the butt's from 44.0 grain group. Gone though thin ply straight into sand.

HH
 

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Foxyboy43

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Interesting stuff and looking very promising thank you. I have only started down the “copper road” with the 6.5 and found Hornady Gmx rather disappointing so will give the Fox a run out in my .308 next. Watch this space!
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Stalker1962

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Interesting to see.

I have also been dicking about developing loads for non-lead.

I am using .243 and found a load of 43.5g of N160; gave half-decent results for the 80.5g YewTree bullet.

Have just take possession today, of some Fox Classic Hunter in 80g, but am told that the powder of choice is Vit. N550 (which I obviously do not have). So more stuff to buy.

Reloading - its just the gift that keeps on giving...
 

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HappyHunter

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Interesting to see.

I have also been dicking about developing loads for non-lead.

I am using .243 and found a load of 43.5g of N160; gave half-decent results for the 80.5g YewTree bullet.

Have just take possession today, of some Fox Classic Hunter in 80g, but am told that the powder of choice is Vit. N550 (which I obviously do not have). So more stuff to buy.

Reloading - its just the gift that keeps on giving...

Finding it very interesting and enjoyable. It also appears I was very lucky finding a workable load quickly with no change to poi.

There isn't a huge amount of data available when I was looking, but what was published by fox certainly worked.

Trying to resist all the shiny new things! I have a couple of bits to aid the process, but very impressed with my Lee Loader.

HH
 

mike308

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I have been using 308 150 grain Fox classic hunters for 18 months now. I have found the 44 grain N140 the best load with similar speeds and accuracy. I shoot reds, roe, sika and foxes with no problems out to 200 yards. Rifle is a Sako 75 1 in 12 barrel
 

Heym SR20

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The Fox bullet just plain works. It is designed for deer stalking and kill quickly out to normal stalking distances. I have been using the 7mm version and have shot several deer and a wild boar with it. All have died quickly, most on the spot, a few have moved a few yards before falling over. And they leave a clean carcass and there are no bullet fragments sprayed around the carcass.

The BC is crap though - but BC only starts to make a real difference at 250 yards plus. Using the factory 130gn in 7x57, its pretty much point and shoot out to well over 200 yards.

The Hornaby GMX is too tough for most purposes. It was designed as a deep penetrating tough bullet for fast shooting magnum type rifles on big American Elk etc
 

Edinburgh Rifles

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Interesting to see.

I have also been dicking about developing loads for non-lead.

I am using .243 and found a load of 43.5g of N160; gave half-decent results for the 80.5g YewTree bullet.

Have just take possession today, of some Fox Classic Hunter in 80g, but am told that the powder of choice is Vit. N550 (which I obviously do not have). So more stuff to buy.

Reloading - its just the gift that keeps on giving...
N140/n540/n150/n550 all work
 

HappyHunter

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Fallow have eluded me so far and last week's muntjac doe at circa 45 yards wasn't perhaps the best test. However, bang flop, good expansion and damage to the vitals, and a very positive exit. I would have imagined if there was going to be a chance of pencilling through or inadequate expansion it would have been under such circumstances. So far so good.
 

Jagare

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I loaded the 150grn .308 Fox bullet with 45grns N140. 5 shots = 824 m/s with a deviation of 4 m/s. They grouped sub inch. I'll be giving them a test this coming hunting season along with the 8 mm Fox bullets in the double on the boar.
 

HappyHunter

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First fallow buck for this season (not through lack of trying) and another positive result.

Circa 45yds, quick bark to stop him. Bang, few steps, flop.

Entry between two ribs, but damage to lungs / top of heart shows good expansion on the soft tissue, followed up with a good exit.

Should see some more real world experience come the doe season, but so far so good.
 

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