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Re: 308 loading advice

Post by Cal-ApeR » 19 Dec 2018, 10:38 pm

Cheers oldbloke. It will be fine for hunting now. I'll continue to tweak the load and hopefully tighten it up a little more. Would love a new scope with a bit more power but can't justify the extra $$. It will do. The challenge will be to see if I can get the 150gr SST to tighten up. They are painful.
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Re: 308 loading advice

Post by JimTom » 20 Dec 2018, 1:42 am

Mate I got average results with the 165 SST so I tried the 178 ELDX as they were on special, somewhere around $40/100 from memory. They shoot like a champion with AR2208.
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Re: 308 loading advice

Post by JimTom » 20 Dec 2018, 9:15 am

They went well with AR2206H too. Only three shot groups as I was trialling many different loads. Nevertheless not to bad at 100m and is only a hunting load.
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Re: 308 loading advice

Post by Oldbloke » 20 Dec 2018, 10:18 am

Very nice jomtom
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Re: 308 loading advice

Post by JimTom » 20 Dec 2018, 11:26 am

Thanks mate
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Re: 308 loading advice

Post by SCJ429 » 20 Dec 2018, 5:00 pm

Well done, good old Speer bullets get the job done. Exceptional job if you are using a 9x scope. The only cure is more magnification but you are doing a great job with what you have,
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Re: 308 loading advice

Post by fxol » 20 Dec 2018, 9:19 pm

I load 45 grs of 2206H under 150 gr SST's. I get great accuracy in my Steyr and found they liked to be seated closer to the lands.
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Re: 308 loading advice

Post by Cal-ApeR » 20 Dec 2018, 10:23 pm

Cheers SCJ, as I think we mentioned in another thread. They really are bang for buck. Was very happy with the outcome. I might try actually wearing my glasses on a visit, never know, they might help a bit but I doubtbit. Going to pick up some more 130gr HPs as I think these can be improved upon.

JimTom, if I see the ELD-X pop up for a decent price I'll grab some. They go great in your gun. Nice shooting!

Fxol - will borrow some 2206h from my old boy and give the 150 ssts another go.
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Re: 308 loading advice

Post by Cal-ApeR » 10 Jan 2019, 4:39 pm

Rather than starting another thread thought I'd add on one more question that relates to this firearm.

In my quest for accuracy, I tried many factory loads. As a result, I have a fair amount of unused factory rounds sitting going to waste. I now know this rifle like a small jump which the factory loads do not give. Can I change the OAL of these loads safely. I will NOT be making them shorter, only longer to within about 20thou of the lands.

Help is appreciated.... Again.
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Re: 308 loading advice

Post by duncan61 » 10 Jan 2019, 4:47 pm

Kinetic hammer with the right whack will pull the projectile out enough to reseat to a better oal
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Re: 308 loading advice

Post by Oldbloke » 10 Jan 2019, 4:52 pm

Can be done but I wouldn't. Too many variables.
I would shoot them as practice and then load the cases.

Edit, if most of the bullets are the same you could potentially pull them and use in reloads.
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Re: 308 loading advice

Post by JimTom » 10 Jan 2019, 6:33 pm

Mate as Oldbloke said, shoot them away, or, just pull them all, save the projectiles if you wish, and use the brass to load up your own loads, but that's just me.
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Re: 308 loading advice

Post by SCJ429 » 10 Jan 2019, 6:53 pm

I pulled apart a round that had failed to fire due to a dud primer. It had a ball powder inside which surprised me. I reseated the projectile without resizing the case. I wouldn't jam it into the lands as that may increase pressure but different sensible seating depths would be fine.
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Re: 308 loading advice

Post by in2anity » 11 Jan 2019, 7:42 am

SCJ429 wrote:I reseated the projectile without resizing the case.

Won't neck tension be noticeably different for that load?
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Re: 308 loading advice

Post by marksman » 11 Jan 2019, 12:03 pm

the problem you will have when trying to pull a factory round projectile is that it is crimped
seat the projectile in further a bit before trying to pull it
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Re: 308 loading advice

Post by SCJ429 » 11 Jan 2019, 5:28 pm

in2anity wrote:
SCJ429 wrote:I reseated the projectile without resizing the case.

Won't neck tension be noticeably different for that load?


It will be different than an untouched factory round but similar to any other rounds you have doctored. The cases have plenty of neck tension to hold the projectiles again.

Marksman, the round I took apart was a Federal, I think, and it came apart easily with a kenetic puller. It probably wouldn't be a bad idea to push it in a bit more with a seater die.
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Re: 308 loading advice

Post by Cal-ApeR » 11 Jan 2019, 6:29 pm

All good advice. Very tempted to try it but don't like playing with things too much.
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Re: 308 loading advice

Post by Cal-ApeR » 22 Feb 2019, 7:39 pm

Final update. Went to the range the other day and settled on this load. 150gr prohunters pushed with 45.5gr 2208. This was my best group of the day, I also shot another 5 X 3-shot groups with the same load. All under 1". I also tested out to 200 with about 2" accuracy (3-9 scope at that distance was painful). Anyway I thought I'd end this thread with my results. Thanks to everyone for the advice, it certainly got me over the line. I have learnt a hell of a lot, particularly with OAL and how this rifle really likes then seated heaps further out.

Hopefully this thread helps someone who might be in the same boat one day.
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