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Old April 30, 2006, 06:49 PM   #1
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Suggestions for a long range load 308

I am working with some loads for my Savage 10 FP. I need some suggestions for accuracy loads 300 to 500 yds. Brass/bullets/ powder.
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Old April 30, 2006, 07:04 PM   #2
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Accuracy load

Based with my testing, the load I have settled for is
168 gr Sierra BTHP
42.0 gr. R-15
Federal Gold Medal Match Primers
Federal Match Brass
Trim to 2.005
C.O.A.L. 2.850
I don't know how this will work for you, but I get sub .50 min. out to 400 yards if I read the wind right.
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Old April 30, 2006, 07:34 PM   #3
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The expense of the gold match primers is unnecessary. I shoot at Kelby's (where they hold the super shoot) and to the man the competitors tell me there is no difference in federal large rifle and gold match.
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Old May 1, 2006, 05:19 AM   #4
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Not to gert into a pi**ing contest, but I find that there is a difference in primers. True, not a big one, but significant none the less. I want to take advantage of every possible break I can, so to me, the match primers are worth the difference in price. They may not be to you, but that's what life is all about. Pays your money, makes your choice.
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Old May 1, 2006, 09:34 AM   #5
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308 mid-range load

For a mid-range load (300-600 yds), I've had good luck with:

Lapua brass
168 SMK
Fed 210M primer
43.5 grn of Varget
OAL of 2.810
Neck tenision of .002 or about 50 ft/lbs

Play with the OAL and you may find some group size changes.

I have found that the Fed 210M primer is more consistant but it shows up at long range (1000 yrds) in vertical stringing. At 300-500 yds there shouldn't be a big difference.

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Old May 1, 2006, 11:38 AM   #6
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You might also look into the 155gr bullets. I've had good results with the AMax, the J4 and the SMK with Varget. They outta handle the wind better than the 168.

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Old May 1, 2006, 09:53 PM   #7
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Lapua brass
175gr SMK Moly
Fed 210M primer
40.0gr of VV N540
OAL - (touching) or Play with the OAL
Neck tension of .003
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Old May 2, 2006, 12:18 PM   #8
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I also shoot a Savage 10 FP. I have good luck with:

Win brass
175 SMK
44.9 gr Varget
CCI primers

Accurate at 1k also so if you decide to go longer in the future.
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