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Old August 7, 2012, 02:50 PM   #1
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Help to ID a .308 150gr bullet

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A few months ago I acquired a garage full of reloading equipment from CL. Brass, dies, press, shot, scales, tumblers,... etc. Basically everything needed to start reloading except powder. I've started slowly, reading lots of manuals, articles, and forums such as this one. To date I have only reloaded 9mm, .380 ACP, and 45 ACP. Well, I want to try reloading some 30-06 and in the stack of stuff I have a jar of several hundred bullets marked .308 150gr., that's it for labeling. I've attached a picture to see if anyone can identify the brand, the best I can tell from an internet search is Hornady #3031 SP.
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Old August 8, 2012, 11:51 AM   #2
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308 150 grain

Why would it matter who made them ? Check them with a micrometer to insure they are in fact 30 cal. Weigh them to see if they're 150's and if so load them and shoot them.
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Old August 8, 2012, 01:10 PM   #3
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Why would it matter who made them
I thought this would be asked...I'm new to reloading and I try to follow the load data as precisely as I can. As I compare 150-jacketed bullets with the same powder in different manuals: Hornady, Speer, Lyman, and Sierra each has a slightly different starting load for that type bullet. Just wanted to use the load data specified for that particular bullet is all.
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Old August 8, 2012, 01:12 PM   #4
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It matters if you are going to use them on game, though the bullet appears to be designed for that purpose. Otherwise, as suggest above, load them up and have fun using them on targets.
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Old August 8, 2012, 01:33 PM   #5
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I'd say it most resembles the Winchester Power Point. Assuming that's what it is, don't expect fabulous accuracy, but it's a perfectly good bullet to learn on.

I'd buy some IMR4064 powder, as it fills the .30-06 better than some medium powders and isn't too slow for a 150 grain bullet. Standard rifle primers (I like the Federal 210M for precision bolt gun loads or the TulAmmo KVB-762 for gas guns and guns with tubular magazines (though I only use flat nose bullets in tubular magazines)).

If you are interested in load development strategies, I like Dan Newberry's, but you may need a better grade bullet to get to great precision on target. Nonetheless, you can practice working with the ones you have.
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Old August 8, 2012, 02:16 PM   #6
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It is not 3031, which is a boat tail with fully closed copper tip.
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Old August 8, 2012, 02:24 PM   #7
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Not going to use for game, reloading/target practice and to be fired in a M1 Garand.
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Old August 8, 2012, 02:40 PM   #8
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I don't think the #3031 SP is a boat tail.
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No, the BT version is the 3033. But did you look at the Winchester link? Same jacket slits just below the exposed tip; same rounded tip; same wide cannelure. They are commonly sold in bulk and used to be pretty common at gunshows, which would explain the jar rather than boxes.
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Old August 8, 2012, 03:00 PM   #10
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But did you look at the Winchester link?
Yes sir I did. That looks exactly like it, thank you.
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