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.308 match recipie

Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 10:45 pm
by hkguy
I have a friend who is getting into reloading .308 and is looking for a starting point for match ammo. Ron, i know you had mentioned your magic formula before and it involved 168 SMK's or A-max bullets. can you remind me what it was again?

Thanks.

Re: .308 match recipie

Posted: Sun Dec 28, 2014 1:31 pm
by 1813Anschutz
For over 20 years while shooting NRA High Power service Rifle with my SA M1a Supermatch we used the following to replicate Lake City M852....using a LC casing fully sized and trimmed to length, primed with Federal Large Rifle Match, 42 grains of IMR 4895 and a Sierra 168 Match King seated to the same length as M852 (which is magazine length). Point of Aim and Point of Impact are exactly the same as M852.

If your rifle will not shoot this load , your rifle is never going to shoot!!

Randy

PS. This load also worked very well when we shot 1000 yard Palma matches....

Re: .308 match recipie

Posted: Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:28 pm
by ridurall
I run 44 grains of Varget with 168 grain Hornady A-Max and CCI 250 Large Rifle Magnum primer with usually Federal brass. This gives me an average of 2830 FPS out of my Armalite AR-10 .308. with 1/2 MOA group if the wind cooperates and my trigger finger behaves itself.
Now of course I must say this: This load while works fine in my rifle without any signs of excess pressure you need to drop at least 10% and work your way up to make sure it works fine in your rifle.

By the way sorry it took some time to answer this I've been deer hunting and just got back this afternoon.

Re: .308 match recipie

Posted: Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:34 pm
by ridurall
By the way I also trim my brass with a Lee trimmer inside and outside chamfer the case and clean the primer pocket. I also sort my brass and make a point of only loading one type of brass per batch and get the best groups with Federal brass. The funny part is that I get worse groups with more expensive Lapua brass. Go Figure (?)

Re: .308 match recipie

Posted: Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:42 pm
by ridurall
By the way Randy's load was my first load for my Winchester Model 70 Featherweight that grouped under 1/2 MOA. For a factory bolt action rifle that I purchased in 1983 I still wouldn't take $2000 for it. It has been a great performer and I've never had to shoot more than 1 shot at any buck I've shot at. I also got a great group with it using 43.2 IMR 4064 with 168 gr A-Max.

Re: .308 match recipie

Posted: Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:23 pm
by hkguy
thanks guys!