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Old January 22, 2008, 10:00 PM   #1
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Most Accurate Round In .308?

Out of curiosity, I am wondering what everyone who shoots .308 rounds thinks the most accurate non-hand loaded round is. And also are reloader rounds more accurate?
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Old January 22, 2008, 10:12 PM   #2
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To what distance?
Reloaded rounds tweaked for a specific rifle can be more accurate than factory.
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Old January 22, 2008, 10:15 PM   #3
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Generally speaking, Federal Match is what all others are compared to. Very accurate, expensive.
I can shoot much better groups using the handloads I have worked uo for my .308. Less expensive, a lot more work.
In most cases, you can work up a load that will beat factory ammo in your rifle. That's why most competitors reload.
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Old January 22, 2008, 10:39 PM   #4
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Black Hills Match 168gr is also well though of. Along the same lines as Federal GM Match, but last I heard it was using Winchester brass and Sierra Matchkings for components.

I haven't ever bought any commercial match ammo. I do handloads for my short-barreled M1A and get about 1.25-1.5 MOA out of it. I might be able to do better, but I suspect that at this point the rifle is more the culprit than the ammo; unitizing the gas system and getting a match grade spring guide (along with more practice) will do more for me than load development.

IIRC, the 168gr HPBT match bullet has fallen out of favor with most .308 shooters. There's a 155gr bullet design out that is all the rage (is it called the Palma?) and also a match HPBT around 180 grains from Sierra that both outshoot the 168's.

I'm still behind the curve and shooting 168's though when I really care about paper accuracy.
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Old January 22, 2008, 10:55 PM   #5
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I doubt you'll find a commercial Palma load. I've never seen a palma shooter use factory ammo. Launching a 155 gr BTHP at around 3k from a 30 inch barrel isn't something most shooters do.

Federal Gold Medal Match is good, Black hills in 168 gr and 175 gr SMK are probably the best bet, but shoot a couple different boxes to find what your rifle shoots best.

Current mil sniper load is m118lr. It uses the the 175 smk. It's a good load for accurate long range, but for everything 600 and less just shoot what is most accurate in your load.

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Old January 22, 2008, 10:57 PM   #6
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most accurate .308's I shoot are the ones I reload.

you NEED to learn how to reload.

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Old January 23, 2008, 01:01 AM   #7
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Lapua has a factory 155. It shoots the 0.508 BC 155gr Scenar at about 2825 fps.
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Old January 23, 2008, 06:46 PM   #8
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Cor-Bon

http://www.dakotaammo.net/products/corbon/perfmatch.htm
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Old January 23, 2008, 06:54 PM   #9
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M118LR (175gr hpbt)

HSM or Federal gold metal match
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Old January 23, 2008, 08:37 PM   #10
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Lapua Brass Federal GM210M Primers RL15 or Varget powder the bullet is up to your rifle 155 168 178 Sierra or Nosler would be A good guess. But all you can do is try A few weights and then fine tune for YOUR rifle very seldom find two the same. All it takes is time in A .308 pretty much any resonable load will out shoot most shooters you almost have to work to make them bad. The best group I ever shot with factory ammo was sellier & bellot 168 but havent talked with many people that agree with that
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Old January 23, 2008, 09:57 PM   #11
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I shoot Black Hills 168gr BTHP Match grade exclusively out of my Remington 700 VSF, and have shot 3 shot groups at 100 yards you could cover with a nickel, five shot groups at around 1-1.5 inches. Very accurate stuff, and reasonably priced. I pay $20 for a 20 round box.
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Old January 24, 2008, 10:11 AM   #12
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IdahoG36, where do you get that Black Hills ammo? I was getting it for $20 a box at Cabela's but they went up to $26 a box.
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Old January 24, 2008, 01:43 PM   #13
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Lapua Brass, 210M, 185Gr Scenar, neck sized cases, 40gr RL15, 2400 FPS

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Old January 24, 2008, 07:43 PM   #14
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Thanks everyone for the responses. They are greatly appreciated.
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Old January 24, 2008, 10:27 PM   #15
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IdahoG36, where do you get that Black Hills ammo? I was getting it for $20 a box at Cabela's but they went up to $26 a box
I also buy from Cabela's. I was just up there yesterday to buy two more boxes, and it rang up at $26 a box, not $19.95. When I told them the tag on the shelf said $19.95, they checked and it was, so that's what I paid for it. They said that their ammunition prices were increasing.
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Old February 7, 2008, 11:48 PM   #16
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IdahoG36, thought I'd let you know I found the BHA for $21.95.

http://www.fulton-armory.com/newammo.htm

Can save a couple of bucks anyway.
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Old February 8, 2008, 06:41 AM   #17
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Believe it or not, in my LR 308, the Federal, Power Shok 150 grain PSP in the blue box shoots very well, better in fact than any of the other factory hunting ammo I tried. (I did not try any factory "match" ammo) I got 100 yd groups averaging .85" from it. The really great part was the price! When I bought it a few months ago it was $10.99 / box, now it it $12.99 per box. For a change, the cheap stuff works best!
After you learn to reload, (and you really must) you can try the Sierra 168 Matchking and 41 gr of IMR 4895 or the 155 Palma Matchking and 43 gr, of 4895. for even better results.

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