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#3211298 - 08/31/19 05:38 PM Hard hitting 308 bullet
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I'm working with a T/C Venture in 308, with a 12 twist. Most all of my 308 bullets are 168 grain Match bullets. It shoots a 168 SMK very good but just not sure about using it as a hunting bullet for deer and hogs. Will it be OK to use or do you folks have better suggestions?

P.S. I reload all my bullets. So just looking for bullet and powder options.

Thanks-Bill
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#3211299 - 08/31/19 06:07 PM Re: Hard hitting 308 bullet [Re: pyscodog]
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Registered: 01/09/07
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Loc: South Texas
I find the nosler 165 BT and the 165 accubond work extremely well. Reloader 15 and H380 are the powders I use.

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#3211302 - 08/31/19 06:39 PM Re: Hard hitting 308 bullet [Re: pyscodog]
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Never tried 380 in the 308. May have to give it a try. I like the Accubond bullet. I'll get some of them to. Which powder do you prefer with the Accubonds?
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#3211304 - 08/31/19 07:47 PM Re: Hard hitting 308 bullet [Re: pyscodog]
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Registered: 03/21/11
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Loc: TX
165gr SST or 165gr GK in my 700 with 1:12

Reloader 15 with Fed 210 primer and Laupa brass produce .280-.350” five shot groups at 100 yds with either bullet. Even though it’s consistent from lot to lot, it is temp sensitive so I mainly run in the summer.

Varget with Fed 210 primer and Laupa brass produce .400-.530” five shot groups at 100 yds with either bullet. Very temp stable but I have to adjust my charge (node and velocity) because it’s not as consistent lot to lot.

Accuracy nodes are somewhere between 43-44.5 grains.

I have taken many Axis, Whitetails, and Hogs......I feel very confident with a good stable rest shooting out to 500yds.



Edited by TXCOONDOG (08/31/19 08:20 PM)

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#3211313 - 08/31/19 09:18 PM Re: Hard hitting 308 bullet [Re: pyscodog]
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Hunting large northern Whitetails I found the 180gr RN's to be an outstanding bullet. That said I never took a shot over 200 yards
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#3211317 - 08/31/19 10:41 PM Re: Hard hitting 308 bullet [Re: pyscodog]
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Registered: 07/23/06
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165 gr NP or Accubond w/BallC or H4895 for larger game. 125 gr NBT w/H4895 hammers coyotes.

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#3211319 - 08/31/19 10:47 PM Re: Hard hitting 308 bullet [Re: pyscodog]
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Been to the store twice this week, guess I'll go again Sunday. Nice having a reloading store open 7 days a week. They sell guns to. Usually end up with more than I went for.LOL!
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#3211328 - 09/01/19 07:12 AM Re: Hard hitting 308 bullet [Re: pyscodog]
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Registered: 01/08/03
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125g Nosler ballistic tips and same Speer TNT , then 125g Accubond for deer and hogs...they will not fail you.

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#3211329 - 09/01/19 07:15 AM Re: Hard hitting 308 bullet [Re: pyscodog]
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Registered: 01/31/02
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Loc: central PA
We are pretty happy w our results in a small running sample of 2 buck killed so far using the hornady 150 gr gmx on deer. Full penetration without massive meat damage and impressive blood trails so far.....both went maybe 30-50 yds - pretty typical for our 06's....blood trail w like ya painted the woods w a bucket....ymmv....fwiw...
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#3211338 - 09/01/19 09:49 AM Re: Hard hitting 308 bullet [Re: pyscodog]
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Registered: 01/09/07
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Loc: South Texas
I used Reloader 15 for years but during the great component drought I bought a bunch of H380. Now it is my go to powder for 308 and 7-08 use it some in a 243. Burns a little dirty but meters like water and accuracy is fine.

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#3211344 - 09/01/19 11:14 AM Re: Hard hitting 308 bullet [Re: pyscodog]
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Ball C 2 has a wide node for the 165-168g of bullets, cleans up easy also and easy on throats, unlike Varget and 15.

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#3211362 - 09/01/19 04:20 PM Re: Hard hitting 308 bullet [Re: pyscodog]
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Made it to the local reloading store today. Picked up a box of 165 grain SST's for the 308...........and a Remington 700BDL in 270 Win. I knew I should have stayed home. Just to good a deal to pass on. LOL, but aren't they all!!
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#3211438 - 09/02/19 08:37 PM Re: Hard hitting 308 bullet [Re: pyscodog]
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BLc-2 shot good, R15 not so good.
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#3211498 - 09/03/19 12:44 PM Re: Hard hitting 308 bullet [Re: AWS]
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Registered: 12/11/17
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Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: AWS
Hunting large northern Whitetails I found the 180gr RN's to be an outstanding bullet. That said I never took a shot over 200 yards

AWS, how were your results on whitetails? My dad gave me a old box of Hornady 180gr round nose a while back. I finally loaded some up with Reloder 15 over the weekend and had some nice groups, the best was a .31" at 100yds, pretty light load though....39 Grains if I remember correctly. I'm shooting a T/C Compass in .308.
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#3211501 - 09/03/19 01:03 PM Re: Hard hitting 308 bullet [Re: pyscodog]
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Registered: 02/12/15
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Loc: Oakland County, MI
Originally Posted By: pyscodog
Made it to the local reloading store today. Picked up a box of 165 grain SST's for the 308...........and a Remington 700BDL in 270 Win. I knew I should have stayed home. Just to good a deal to pass on. LOL, but aren't they all!!


those 165 SST's are a great bullet. my 16" 308 loves them (~½ moa), my 7600 30-06 they're amazing in, likewise in my bro's 700 bdl 30-06. both of the '06's they're a dirty cloverleaf sized groupings with their respective pet loads. his BDL when we did the ladder... the worst group shot was barely over an inch.

those are all 10 twist barrels, loaded over varget.

i still need to test them on my 20" 308 upper but i suspect i'm gonna have similar results... they just seem to be a well designed bullet.
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