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Old March 6, 2011, 04:35 PM   #1
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.308 147 gr bullet loads


I've been looking for suggested 147 gr .308 bullet (for plinking) loads.
Keep coming up with 150 gr or 140 gr loads.
Is 150 gr loads close enough (at the starting loads).
I have IMR 4895 handy.
But will get different powder if recommended.

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Old March 6, 2011, 04:55 PM   #2
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Who "suggested" 147 gr? I never heard of that wt. Is it an old military bullet weight?
150 gr. is probably the most popular wt. for 30-06 and .308.
For first time reloading, just back off .1 or .2 gr. on the charge and work up your loads from there.
More better....refer to a current reloading manual. You will find numerous references for 150 gr. bullets in 30-06 and .308.
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Old March 6, 2011, 10:48 PM   #3
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Deepcore, yes you can use the 150 gr tables as I have reload the same the winchester 147gr bullets and with the lighter bullet and as it goes with reloading you be ok even with the highest 150 load data since the bullet is lighter and with lighter bullets most powders you able to use more powder via their data to increase fps and at the max would only depend on accuracy..good luck did you com across a good deal on 147gr the last time I got 1000 from midway... and I can sure use somemore if the price is right.
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Old March 7, 2011, 12:12 AM   #4
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My impression was that for handgun rounds one could use a lighter bullet than what was called for but, for rifle rounds one had to use the weight called for or a heavier weight. I don't say this to fuss, but one of us is not correct or maybe not. What say the forum?
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Old March 7, 2011, 01:30 AM   #5
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You use data for the next heavier bullet weight. If you have 147gr bullets, use the 150gr data. Period. Handgun, rifle, shotgun, it doesn't matter.
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Old March 7, 2011, 02:03 AM   #6
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Been waiting for Midway to come across and sell the 147s again myself.
Buddy of mine had some he wasn't going to use so I was asking about loads.
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Old March 7, 2011, 02:43 AM   #7
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The gr weight is pretty standard for .30 cal full metal jacket boat tail. In fact, I think its the NATO std for 7.62x51
I've loaded and shot a couple of thousand of them in Savage.308 scout., my std load has always been 45 gr of 4064

You won't buy cheaper bullets for general shooting.

I use same slug in '06 for the Garand
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