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Old 10-13-2010, 23:03   #1
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Factory .308 ammo question.

I have a question on .308 ammo. I picked up a Hawa/Axiom hvy barrel in 20". It has a 4-16 power scope on it. Longest distances I forsee shooting would be around 500yds. max. I reload handgun ammo, but have no plans on doing rifle ammo at this time. There are a ton of factory loadings out there, and I'm hoping you guys can guide me towards the more accurate ones. I have a ton of W. German surplus ammo to play with ( mostly used in my M1A ), but I'd like to settle on one factory round and stock a few hundred rounds of it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Dave
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Old 10-13-2010, 23:28   #2
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Why wouldn't you load your own? .308 is easy and you'll save a ton of dough...

Ok, not what you asked... the 168 grain Federal Gold Medal Match has been the, um... gold standard forever.
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Old 10-14-2010, 01:58   #3
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I have a question on .308 ammo. I picked up a Hawa/Axiom hvy barrel in 20". It has a 4-16 power scope on it. Longest distances I forsee shooting would be around 500yds. max. I reload handgun ammo, but have no plans on doing rifle ammo at this time. There are a ton of factory loadings out there, and I'm hoping you guys can guide me towards the more accurate ones. I have a ton of W. German surplus ammo to play with ( mostly used in my M1A ), but I'd like to settle on one factory round and stock a few hundred rounds of it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Dave
You didn't really say what you'd be using the rifle for; hunting, informal target shooting, formal target shooting?

For hunting deer-size game, I'd recommend trying the Federal 150 SP load, as found in many Walmarts or sporting goods stores. It has consistently shot MOA or under groups in the last 3-4 .308s I've tried it in, including my own Remington VS. I bought a handful of boxes on clearance after hunting season about 10 years ago, and the way ammo prices have gone, I'm really glad I did.

For targets, I'd second the vote for Federal's Gold Medal Match ammo with the 168 BTHP bullet; however, try before you buy a large quantity -- I've seen a few rifles that didn't shoot this load very well. Most others shoot it very well indeed.



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Old 10-14-2010, 05:23   #4
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Try the American Eagle (now owned by Federal) 168 grain OTM service rifle ammunition. This is made for safe use in the M-14 and is super accurate. The factory load is 42.5 grains of IMR-4064, CCI #34 mil spec primer, 168 grain open tip match bullet (like a Sierra Match King), Federal commercial case (not great for reloading due to loosening primer pockets), loaded to 2.80".
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Old 10-14-2010, 09:42   #5
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As Zombie Steve stated, look into reloading .308Win. You'll save a boat load of dough!!!

My favorite factory loads:
Hornady Match 168gr A-Max
Federal Gold Medal 168gr match

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Old 10-14-2010, 10:00   #6
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I am a big fan of the 168 grain AMAX bullet for target shooting. That one goes in my handloads with a healthy dose of Varget.
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Old 10-14-2010, 11:44   #7
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Thanks for the info. I use the rife for target shooting (informal) and long distance plinking. My desert shooting location uses a mountain for a backstop and I'll randomly pick out rocks or other targets at unknown distances to shoot at. I spend my reloading time on .45 and 9mm and only shoot .308 maybe a few hundred rounds a year. I was able to pick up a lot of military ammo years ago and usually shoot the M1A more than the bolt action. Not to say that I might not think of reloading in the future, but I've never loaded any rifle ( I currently have a 550). Thanks
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Old 10-14-2010, 18:42   #8
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I read where Snipers used NATO rounds when they couldn't get match rounds.
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My favorite factory loads:
Hornady Match 168gr A-Max
Federal Gold Medal 168gr match

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My dept recently switched from the Gold Medal to the Hornady Tap 168 V-Max. The Gold Medal is a great round, and is still the benchmark by which all other rounds are measured, but all of us printed tighter groups with the Hornady. Every rifle is different, but ours like the Hornady better. (FN SPR)

Your rifle will more than likely be different. Buy a couple boxes of each and see how they print.

Edit to add: We have had three rounds where the primer was punctured or fell out after being fired. That was with last years purchase. This years purchase is a different lot #, no issues so far.

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Old 10-14-2010, 22:44   #10
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I read where Snipers used NATO rounds when they couldn't get match rounds.
Umm, what else would they use?
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Old 10-14-2010, 22:54   #11
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Beats using your rifle as a club...
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