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Old April 5, 2012, 09:37 PM   #1
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Light Load .308 Ammo

I am trying to find some 308 commerical ammo that has a lighter load to shoot out of my old surplus rifle. Whats the best way to go about finding what ammo might have a lighter load compared to a hot load or how do you tell without actually contacting the company.
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Old April 5, 2012, 10:09 PM   #2
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I'd try the rifle forum. Here is the better place to ask how to build reduced power cartridges yourself. And IMHO Alliant 2400 is the way to go for that.

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Old April 6, 2012, 07:46 AM   #3
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If you want a low pressure load there are plenty of ways to do that. Some companies list pressure data with their reloading data (like Hogdons) or you could do the fast pistol powder method (such as 13 grains of Red Dot, aka "The Load")

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Old April 6, 2012, 12:26 PM   #4
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Remington makes a Managed Recoil load, RL308W1, that will likely do what you want in .308. It's a 125 grain bullet fired at just 2660 fps, which is slow for a bullet that light.
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Old April 6, 2012, 03:28 PM   #5
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yeah i know i could reload light loads, but i don't shoot it much so i don't really want to buy dies for it. Id rather just buy ammo the few occasions i want to shoot it
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Old April 6, 2012, 09:04 PM   #6
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I think you want 'managed recoil' ammo by Remington. There may be another out there. I think they made some for the 308.
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Old April 6, 2012, 09:05 PM   #7
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Lee RGB dies are $18.49 from Midway, you'll recoup that after reloading 40 rounds. Going from a buck a shot for commercial to 50 cents a shot makes it a no brainer even for a rifle you don't shoot much.

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Old April 7, 2012, 10:09 AM   #8
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Agreed on the cost factor, especially when considering that you're only going to use 10-20 grains of powder per shot. You could also use less expensive gas-checked cast lead bullets for up to about 1800 fps, which would pay for those dies even faster.

American Select is another bulky, fast pistol powder which is great for highly reduced loads, while 5744 is good for midrange stuff, up to about 2200 fps.
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Old April 9, 2012, 03:04 PM   #9
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Lee RGB dies are $18.49 from Midway

I refuse to use Lee Dies. I will only use RCBS or Hornady dies. I bought three sets of the Lee Dies and everyone was junk and didnt work. Yes i know i can reload cheaper, but at the moment its not worth the hastle for a few rounds here and there.

I buy 7.62 nato rounds whenever i can find them, but i just want another choice for lower load 308's if i ever need to go that route
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Old April 9, 2012, 05:43 PM   #10
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So if you aren't asking about handloading a light load for the 308, why are you asking in the Handloading, Reloading, and Bullet Casting forum?

RCBS dies are inexpensive as well. http://www.midwayusa.com/product/564...308-winchester

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