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Old March 8, 2012, 10:43 AM   #1
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308 powder

currently working up some load for my R700 chambered in .308. was wondering what powders people have had the best groups with a 168 SMK.
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Old March 8, 2012, 11:03 AM   #2
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Really? You didn't use the search function for this one? I think there has been more written on reloading the 308 than any other cartridge in recent memory.

All powders work, and you'll find accuracy loads with H4895, IMR4895, Varget, Reloader15, IMR4064, TAC, Win748, etc. I'm tempted to try some of the 2000-MR I am using in 223 since it meters so well.

My accuracy load with 168 HPBTs is 41.5gr of IMR 4064, Winchester Brass, CCI BR-2 Primers. It isn't the fastest of the bunch but it shoots tight and brass life is good in bolt action rifles.

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Old March 8, 2012, 06:53 PM   #3
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When it comes to military rifles in 30-06 or 308 I’m lazy. I have never worked up loads other than 4895. It meters well and fills the case and gives reliable results. I have 4, 8 LB containers that haven’t been opened yet and by the end of this year half will be gone.
Some good information of powders from the Hodgdon site.
http://www.hodgdon.com/smokeless/extreme/page4.php
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Old March 8, 2012, 07:04 PM   #4
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IMR 8208 XBR

It's a rework of military powder and is well suited for consistency in any condition.
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Old March 8, 2012, 08:43 PM   #5
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I use Varget with a 155 SMK or 155.5 Berger in my F/TR
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Old March 9, 2012, 08:41 PM   #6
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I run Varget under 175 SMKs in my Savage .308. Amazingly accurate...
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Old March 10, 2012, 08:19 AM   #7
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42.2 g Varget w/168g SMK's worked up in an R25 seems to be pretty accurate.

43.2 g Varget w/168g SMK's was almost as good.

YMMV



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Old March 13, 2012, 11:09 AM   #8
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going to my smith today and picking up some varget.
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Old March 13, 2012, 12:46 PM   #9
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going to my smith today and picking up some varget.
Either that or a really big dime
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Old March 13, 2012, 07:53 PM   #10
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i am useing imr 4064 43.5 gr.seated at 2.830 win.brass f210m primers with 175 smk and it shoots great out to 860 yards.

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