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Varget, Reloader 15, Reloader 7, AA2520
and Viht N-135 are excellent.
Years ago, when I shot competitively
with a M14 .308, my favorite load was
the Sierra 168-grain match boattail hollow
point, using either IMR 3031 or IMR
4895, which generated over 2,600 fps.
Today, however, I find that many competitors use the newer Varget, Benchmark
or AA2460 powders.
A word of caution is necessary here.
Despite the 7.62x51 NATO and the
.308 Winchester cartridges being basically
the same, they are not identical.
The NATO round has thicker brass,
loaded to about 50,000 PSI, to accommodate the pressure curve that works the
M14 rifle. The modern .308 Winchester
cartridge case is a bit thinner, and loaded
to 62,000 PSI. You can shoot a 7.62x51
cartridge in a .308 Winchester-chambered
rifle, but not the reverse.
When using the right powders with
good commercial brass in 22- to 24-inch
barrels, you can reach around 2,900 fps
with 150-grain, 2,800 fps with 165-grain,
and about 2,600 fps for 180-grain bullets.
However, when using military brass,
which normally has less volume, reduce
powder charges 10 percent to keep within
standard pressures.
For varmint hunting, the .308 Winchester wouldn't be my first choice, but
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handloaded 110- and 125-grain 30-caliber
spitzer bullets, which can exceed 3,000
fps, will serve the purpose.
A couple of weeks later at the range
when I saw the same young man again,
I noticed a second rifle case next to him.
When I asked him about it, he proudly
pulled out a Ruger Model 77 Mannlicher
with an 18½-inch barrel chambered in the
.308 Winchester, with a Burris compact
3-9x scope.
He said he loved its style, weight and
balance, and thought it would be perfect
for his woods hunting.
He showed me a 100-yard target he
shot earlier that had five rounds inside of
3 inches.
For a beginner, that's not bad at all, and
with a little practice, he should be able to
cut smaller groups.
The short barrel will cost him some
velocity - probably about 30 fps per inch
of barrel loss, or about 120 fps total compared to a 22-inch barrel.
But, as I told him, a deer hit with a 150grain bullet starting out at 2,900 fps, or at
2,780 fps, wouldn't know the difference.
The .308 Winchester might not have
the flare of some of the newer magnums,
but it's an accurate, lethal and practical
cartridge that gets the job done.
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