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    Rifle: Remington PS-1 barreled action, Manners T-4A with Mini Chassis

    Load (worked up using OCW with Dan Newberry's help):

    Lapua Brass
    Federal 210M primer
    Sierra 175 gr Match King
    43.5 grains Varget

    Shot well at Dan's course out to 1200 yards.
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    Savage 10 FCP 22'' plus 2'' brake. 44.2 Varget 168 SMK 2.800'' Fed 210 primers. 3/8'' group of 4 shots at 100 yds
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    Quote Originally Posted by GMinor View Post
    Curious what your velocity was. Mine was up around 2800 fps at 44.3.
    With the same load as yours, my 24" barrel only gave me 2692 fps.

    For my long range bullet I'm using the Lapua 170 gr Lock Base. 47.8 grains of CFE223 gives me a nice quick 2915 fps on a .525 BC bullet.

    At 1K yards that means 6.2 MOA less drop from my old 175 gr loads. Also, at 1K, the 175 gr bullet is just approaching transonic speed and goes subsonic around 1100 yards. The Lapua 170 stays supersonic for another 250 yards.

    Kind of stumbled on the Lapua's when SMK's were being made out of "Unobtainium" and the Lapua's were actually in stock, boxes of 1,000.

    Just a caution, if anyone is interested in shooting that 47.8 gr load of CFE223 with a similar bullet, I believe it to be a max load as the primers are FLAT! No cratering (I have a PTG bolt with a nice tight firing pin hole) and no excessive bolt lift pressure but this load is even above published max speed for a 168 gr SMK (2828fps) using 1.2 gr more powder.

    For what it's worth, this load has zero vertical dispersion at 300 yards and it takes a lot of wind to move it around.
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    I will be playing around with CFE 223 loads after I salvage the brass from my 6.5 Grendel factory ammo.

    I know CFE 223 is money in .223/5.56. I have read and heard that CFE 223 is money in .308 Win. It is widely accepted that CFE 223 is a great powder for the Grendel.

    With all of this, hopefully I can develop 1/2 moa loads with each cartridge and then I can be a 1 powder kind of guy.

    With that said, I won't begin load dev with CFE for .308 until I burn through the rest of my 6# of Varget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMinor View Post
    I will be playing around with CFE 223 loads after I salvage the brass from my 6.5 Grendel factory ammo.

    I know CFE 223 is money in .223/5.56. I have read and heard that CFE 223 is money in .308 Win. It is widely accepted that CFE 223 is a great powder for the Grendel.

    With all of this, hopefully I can develop 1/2 moa loads with each cartridge and then I can be a 1 powder kind of guy.

    With that said, I won't begin load dev with CFE for .308 until I burn through the rest of my 6# of Varget.
    I've already passed the 1/2 MOA stage in my CFE Load Development. Stalled out just above 1/4 MOA at .3 MOA

    I still have some OAL testing to do and I may put in a longer internal magazine box if I exceed the working mag length.

    What's really sweet about the CFE223, in my mind, is that it's true what they say, NO COPPER FOULING. One wet patch and soak, One patch to push out the "mud" and one more wet patch for good measure. From there all patches are clean.

    As for it being a "ball powder"? Not an issue here. Since it's double based it lights off with no problems and measures like water in my Dillon Pouder measure on the 650. Nice to be able to load 100 rounds in 15 minutes then spend the rest of the time actually shooting.

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    I have started shooting federal tactical 7.62x 51 168 gr otm dose anyone have the recipe for them by chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 51smd View Post
    I have started shooting federal tactical 7.62x 51 168 gr otm dose anyone have the recipe for them by chance.

    With the standard caution of how one rifle may not be the same as another, I have used 44.4 grains of Varget with great success using that bullet.

    Powders that work well with that bullet are IMR 4064, RL-15, H4895, Varget, and what I'm using now, the Hodgdon CFE223 (46 gr with 168 gr BTHP's or the more politically correct Open Tip Match aka OTM). Now good luck finding one of them

    Aim for 2700 fps of muzzle velocity and you should get a well performing round.
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    Thanks deadshot

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    Rem 700 26"
    Federal gmm brass, once twice maybe 3 or four times fired
    Win primers
    168 smk
    41 gr. benchmark
    2679 fps average
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    Rem 700 26" Heavy Barrel 1:12 twist.

    Remington Brass
    Winchester Primers
    165 Sierra Game King SBT
    43g of Varget

    I'm really surprised how it fell right into the typical spot for a .308 load. I'm going to play with the seat depth and maybe pick up some 168 SMK test. But right now I wanted one load that I can plink with and take hunting on deer, pigs, or coyotes.
    -I redefined trust between my wife and I. I bought her a gun, taught her to shoot, and made her the beneficiary on my life insurance.

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