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This is thread for .308 recipes only. This is a spin off of the .308 Shooters Only thread. In this thread I would like nothing but .308 load information as well as your rifle specs. I want to start a nice detailed listing of loads for everyone to have access to and a place to help others develop there own loads.

This thread is for nothing but .308 reloading. Let's keep it on track and not get side tracked.

I APOLOGIZE FOR DELETING ALL OF THE PREVIOUS LOADS i ADDED FROM A DIFFERENT THREAD BUT IN AN EFFORT TO NOT CAUSE ANY PROBLEMS i DELETED THEM AS AS i WAS ASKED.
 

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Rifle specs:

Remington 700P Barreled action (26" factory barrel), Mcree's Precision G5 TMAG stock system, Sinclair Tactical Bi-Pod, Timney straight shoe R700 trigger set at 1.5lbs, Badger 20 MOA base (306-06), Badger M40A3 Rings (306-75), Premier Heritage 3-15x50T, Tactical Tailor Stock Pack/cheek pad, Ergo FDE grip, Mcree's 5 round magazines, Accurate Mag 10 round magazines.

.308 Win Load Data:

175 SMK, Hornady Match brass, 44.3 gr Varget, Fed 210M primer, COL 2.81" Good load, no numbers with me.

175 SMK, Lapua Brass, 43.5 gr Varget, Fed 210M primer, COL ~2.8". SD 10.8, ES 23. Good load, Av Velocity is 2686 fps @ 10'.

175 SMK, Hornady Match Brass, 42 gr H4895, Fed 210M primer, COL ~2.8". Good load, no numbers. (Loaded for friend, he reported them to be "Money as F_ _ _")
 

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All Winchester brass. Reduce by .4 grains if using Lake City, or Federal brass. Reduce by .3 grains if using Lapua brass.


155 grain Sierra Matchking (or any comparable 155 grain match bullet)
45.6 grains of IMR 4895
or
46.5 grains of Varget, IMR 4064, or W748
there is a high node with Varget at about 47.8 grains (Nosler's max is 48 grains).

168 grain Sierra Matchking (or any comparable 168 grain match bullet)
43.6 grains of IMR 4895 (my all time favorite accuracy load)
or
44.5 grains of Varget or IMR 4064 or W748
there is a high node with Varget at or near 46 grains, Hodgdon's max...
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39.0 grains of IMR 3031 (slower, but very accurate to 300 yards, a great close range tactical load).

175 Sierra Matchking
43.5 Varget, or 45.0 Varget (high node, be careful).
or
42.4 grains IMR 4895
or
43.4 grains of IMR 4064 (high node)
42.2 grains of IMR 4064 (low node)
or
43.5 grains of RL15

With 178 AMAX (Hornady)
42.0 grains IMR 4895
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43.1 grains of Varget
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43.0 grains of IMR 4064 (high node)
41.8 grians of IMR 4064 (low node)
or
43.1 grains of RL15

190 grain Sierra Matchking
40.9 grains of IMR 4064

200 grain Sierra Matchking
40.2 grains of IMR 4064

These load recipes are approximate (but very close) to where the accuracy nodes are. Work up from a grain or two below, to be safe.
 

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Awesome! I'll be sure to post all my info when I get to loading in the next few weeks.
 

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My "Go To Loads for my Remington 5-R Milspec.

175 gr Nosler Custom Comp
Lapua Brass
CCI BR-2 Primer
43.5 gr Varget
2.800" OAL

I also use the same components with a Hornady 178gr A-Max which performs pretty much the same. I use this when I want an expanding bullet.

Second load for this rifle

168 gr Nosler Custom Comp
Winchester Brass
Wolf or Tula Large Rifle Primer
44.5 gr Varget
2.800" OAL

Again, I sub the 168 gr Hornady A-Max when I want an expanding bullet with almost identical performance.
 

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savage 110 with benchmark 24" 1/10 twist.

go to load is:
190 SMK
lapua brass
cci 200
43gr IMR 4064
oal 2.93

this chamber is set up for the heavies (so work your way up) and does a great jod out to 1400 yard with the 190 smk, the 208gr A-max also amazing in this gun, but impossible to find right now.
 

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CZ-550 Varmint, 308 Win, 25.6" barrel, 1/12" twist.
Berg 168 VLD / Varget 42.0 gr (low node) @ 2560 FPS
Federal 30-06 brass, resized to 308, reamed, neck turned to wall thickness 0.015", Federal LR primer, Lee collet neck sizer, bullets seated touching lands.

5-shot group @ 100 yards:

 

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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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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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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.

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 :p

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

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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.
 
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