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kemassey
January 24, 2010, 03:11 PM
I'm new to the .308 line of rifles. Trying to find the right weight of ammo that will work good for target practice. I've heard that using the wrong weight can wear the barrel out. To much info from all directions. Just wanted some input. Thanks.

zoomie
January 24, 2010, 03:26 PM
What range are you wanting to shoot? The 175 SMK should work well in that twist.

http://www.6mmbr.com/308Win.html

shooter_john
January 24, 2010, 03:39 PM
Mine loves the 168's.

kemassey
January 24, 2010, 03:51 PM
I would go to 100yds but not farther. Not sure if I could see that far with open sights. Thanks for the input.

hodaka
January 24, 2010, 03:52 PM
Mine loved Sierra 155 Palma's.

I wouldn't think one weight would cause appreciable more wear than any other but I guess light bullets going very fast might cause more wear.

velocette
January 24, 2010, 03:59 PM
Mine works just fine with Sierra SMK HPBT 168s or Nosler 168 HPBT match bullets. IMR 4895, RL 15, Varget it likes 'em all.

Roger

Jimro
January 24, 2010, 04:17 PM
kemassy,

Whoever told you that using the wrong bullet weight will wear out a barrel faster needs to sit the heck down and shut the heck up.

If you are only going to 100 yards get the cheap 147 gr FMJ bullets/ammo and plink away. If you want a tighter shot group then try the 155, 168, or 175 gr match bullets.

Jimro

Old Grump
January 24, 2010, 04:39 PM
Bullet weight for LR308 1/10 twist barrel
I'm new to the .308 line of rifles. Trying to find the right weight of ammo that will work good for target practice. I've heard that using the wrong weight can wear the barrel out. To much info from all directions. Just wanted some input. Thanks.

1/10 works best with longer heavier bullets. 180 gr to 220 grain will work best but lighter bullets like 150 and under are terrible. I use 180 grain almost exclusively and even though my 308 is the cheapest centerfire in my house it is also my most accurate.

Wrong weight bullets:DThanks, I needed that. Think high velocity, not bullet weight, hoo boy.

legalhack
January 24, 2010, 04:46 PM
what length barrel do you have? On my 1/10 twist .308 I have a 20 inch barrel. Shoots great. At around 800 yards the round goes subsonic and starts to fly. 175's push it a little father.

In my 26 inch barrel I don't have the longer range issues and use almost exclusively the 175's.

Concur on the knucklehead who worried about heavier bullets. it ain't the weight that's gonna eat the barrel.

kemassey
January 24, 2010, 05:40 PM
I have the 16" barrel. I haven't used the rifle yet, just trying to gather some info on it. Also what about reloading ammo? Seems most .308 is around a 1$ a bullet. Still looking for some cheaper ammo but can't find it. Thanks for the info.

James R. Burke
January 24, 2010, 06:23 PM
My works great with a Nostler 165 grain Partition. Forgot the rate of twist. But I believe its close to what your looking for.

Jimro
January 24, 2010, 08:52 PM
16" barrel? Definitely start of with some 147gr FMJ plinking ammo. If you don't get the accuracy you are looking for, try something heavier.

Jimro

Suwannee Tim
January 24, 2010, 09:15 PM
1/10 works best with longer heavier bullets. 180 gr to 220 grain will work best but lighter bullets like 150 and under are terrible.

I have never heard of anyone using a 220 grain bullet in a semi-auto 308. Light bullets will NOT be "terrible" with a 1:10 twist. That twist is not optimum for such a light bullet but it is certainly not "terrible". And whoever told you that heavy bullets will wear out the bore is full of horse residue. Heavy bullets might cause high port pressures which are hard on the action but they will not wear out the bore. My advice is to start with Hornady 147s to get started then, having shot some, begin to think about, ask about and try other bullets.