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Old February 24, 2012, 09:06 AM   #1
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powder input for auto's .308 BAR

Gearing up for some hunting loads for my Browning BAR in .308 i have some 150gr and 165gr game kings.

I have concerns with powder choices as this is a gas operated automatic.
I don't want to beat up the action.

I'm thinking Varget or 4895 but i admit a little confusion on choices when automatics are in play.
my Sierra manual does not have section for .308 autos like for .223

Obviously i want to get the best accuracy but i want to make sure the action is cycled with in its design limits

Yes i don't want to damage this beautiful rifles action with a to snappy of powder choice.

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Old February 24, 2012, 02:48 PM   #2
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4895, Varget, 4064, Re15, all produce "match ammo" that guys run through their FNARs (just a BAR with a tacticool name) with 168 and 175gr HPBTs. Varget and Re15 are temp stable so that might be a good starting point.

Based on what you are thinking about, I'd use the 165 gr bullets and either Varget or Re15.

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Old February 24, 2012, 05:52 PM   #3
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165s w/ 4895 is one of my favorite combos, but out of an M1A.
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Old February 24, 2012, 08:29 PM   #4
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I have had great success with H4895 in the M1A and the AR-10. The Hodgdon web site has lots of data. It is one of their 'extreme' powders, too. The load I am shooting in the AR-10 now is 39.7 grains of H4895 and the 165 grain Nosler BT hunting bullet, for 2530 fps(20" bbl). That is about 90% of the maximum charge according to Hodgdon.
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