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  1. 308 175 gr bullet makes which works best

    Thanks gbal good info and advice as usual cheers , the Amaxes were very consistant along with the tmk and lapua L `s ,the lapua normal line were the worst but still 3/4 moa all loaded to 2.85 coal , made another load to 2.825 to play with for next time . looking back on notes from earlier this year all the bullets worked well at 2.80 coal as per the loading manuals -hornady ,nosler ,and berger at recommended 2.810 " .so apart from trying at 2.875 " Ive done 2.8,2.85, 2.9 mag length , and the results have been pretty much the same .must have very tolerant jump rifle/bullets . BTW I accidentally bent one of the amax tips quite badly and shot it anyway , didnt affect the accuracy although only at 100m .Its time to load up and enjoy shooting ,if the weathers good get the good stuff out if not shoot the second best but still have a great time .
  2. Hi All Found good results with Lapua scenar and scenar L , berger 155.5 fullbore ,amax 155 ,and sierra 155 tmk's. Question is I would like to try either 175 /185 weight bullets from the same makers and would like to hear peoples views regarding - secant /tangent/hybrid successes . Rifle is Accuracy International AT 308 which seems to have long throat but shoots well with coal lengths of 2.8 to 2.9 .Thanks in advance for your replies . Cheers Richie
  3. More info regarding cleaning the AI moderator ,as posted before I always had trouble cleaning the area where it screws onto the bake usually spending hours with a screwdriver slowly scraping away crud/carbon , . PROBLEM SOLVED . Just bought KG industries kg1 carbon remover so thought I`d give it a go on the mod and hey presto one clean mod ,just followed instructions on the bottle and no more crud etc cleaned up so easy .Worked well on the barrell too and what came out the end cleaned the muzzle brake aswell . Happy days
  4. 308 175 gr bullet makes which works best

    Checked my 155 tmks at the range today and found that the green bit where it joins the copper part is slighly wider than the copper body ,still performed well though . 155.5 bergers were the top performers today . see other post in favourite hand loads . got some berger 175 lrbt that came in the post this week so looking forward to trying these soon . Enjoy the weekend
  5. .308 home loads

    Just got back from Deerpark at Catterick today 10mph crosswind , rain then sun ie the usual mix . As before the Berger 155.5 were the best grouping 0.5 moa second best Amaxes , equal 3rd Lapua L and the Sierra TMK , lastly the Lapua scenars even though still at .75 moa . All seated at 2.85 COAL ,150 bullets down range -a great day . 50 bergers left over so reseated these to 2.825 to try next time .Forster die was set up for a zero point of 2.85 coal so was just a matter of turning the knob one turn down which seats 25 thou deeper and hey presto job done . Looking back on previous results the 155 amaxes were the previous best groups at < .5 moa when seated at 2.800 coal as per Hornady manual . All groups 5 shot and the ones that were very good kept going till had a ragged hole with 10 shots through .5 moa . only allowed 100m today so well happy . rifle now cleaned and chilling with a beer cheers all
  6. .308 home loads

    Hi all first post so go easy rifle is accuracy int At 308 with 1 in 12 twist 26" barrel , started with ppu ammo and got 2" groups at 100 m , not impressed !!. changed to hornady factory ammo 155 amax and 168 gr hpbt and got much better groups but still not as expected .moved onto home loading with viht n135 powder starting at 39 gr and moving up in.5 jumps to 43 grs using the hornady cases and lapua 155gr scenars and 155 amax s . getting good results now with a sweet spot with both bullets at 42.5 gr and 2.8 " coal .75 " groups .still not happy so moved the seating depth around and got a hornady length gauge to measure cbto . berger fullbore 2.2" cbto coal 2.889 lapua scenar l 2.243 cbto coal 2.842 Amax 2.223 cbto coal 2.845 sierra tmk 2.223 cbto coal 2.94 All above 155 gr apart from berger 155.5 s . accuracy has improved dramatically with best being berger fullbores at a 5 shot group with 3 through same hole and another two touching - less than 12mm ,. also 10 shots through hole less than a thumb nail . Amax s are second best and are less finicky in seating depth also cheaper . some of the seating depths seemed a tad too short so moved to 2.85 coal with the bergers and had 5mm of bullet in the case now all at 2.85 coal - amaxcbto 2.225, scenar l cbto 2.250 ,sierra tmk 2.135 cbto ,berger 2.249 cbto Happy days now with small groups less than .5" for 10 shots if I keep my cool and stay consistent at 100m cases neck sized only, now onto Lapua brass, and primers are whatever is available ( cci / fiocchi ) hope this helps any new boys cheers
  7. 308 175 gr bullet makes which works best

    Hi Cienfuegos What powder of the Viht series are you using ??
  8. 308 175 gr bullet makes which works best

    checked my 155 tmks and can see a step where the tip joins the copper , Amax `s are a much better seamless join .sent out some emails to check on availability of Bergers so will see what turns up . thanks for the info ,it does pay to get as much info as poss . as they say knowledge is power !!
  9. 308 175 gr bullet makes which works best

    Cheers Stu47 when and where were the TMKs From as it might put me off buying too many . berger quality does seem to be very consistent ,175lrbt and 185 jugs are my next to try , although for the 155.5 FB the sizes quoted in their reloading manual doesnt match actual measured with digital calipers. Re 155s have some lapua scenar-L and comparing these to standard scenars the L`s look to be pointed ie have a second angle at the tip and also the hole at the end is much smaller than the std scenars . cheers Richie
  10. TRG22 or AI AT ?

    Also shot both rifles at the local club and settled on the AT 308 with folding stock so I can fold it over and remove bolt easy ,if its a fixed stock AT the cheek piece needs to be moved to remove bolt . AT has an adjustable stock with spacers to get your ideal LOP . Didnt like the grip on the sako . both are heavy and dont move much so sight picture is very good ,shot a remy 700 with a light plastic stock and found it shoots all over the place - probably my inexperience but the AT is easy to shoot well .BTW using the AI bipod and just load it up against the wood edge of the shooting pits and enjoy 10 shot groups of 3/4 inch . very happy AT owner ,. Cheers Richie
  11. 308 175 gr bullet makes which works best

    Thanks VarmLR I ve still a lot to learn from this reloading lark, N150 for the 175s will be first to be trialled . cheers Richie
  12. Hi all Got the AI version on my 308 AT everyone is happy to see me fit it to the brake at the range and also comment on the low sound ,only problem it has is its a pain to clean in the area where the `O` slides over and screws onto the brake ,usually needs the o ring taking out and the inside area cleaning with a small wire brush / screwdriver blade to get the crud out .This is after trying it dry and using various amounts of silicone grease , nickeleze release agents etc to try and reduce the fouling . Threads stay clean ok also the brake gets crudded up too . Might be a good idea to get some spare O rings as these seem to get some hammer keeping the gases inside the can ,once the O ring stops sealing the only way for the gas to go is backwards towards your face and nice optics . Cheers Richie
  13. 308 175 gr bullet makes which works best

    Thanks for reply gbal been back at the berger manual again and N140 looks suitable for both the 155s and 175s or if looking at viht web page 175s loads are n140 n150 n550 n540 funny though n135 is a reccommended powder for scenar L 175s. the N140 seems to hit the most accurate loads in the 150 upto 185 gr range too .berger only quotes n550 for their 185s from that powder maker . checked with hornady and nosler manuals and all give confusing info but n140 does come out a winner of Vihts range . cheers
  14. 308 175 gr bullet makes which works best

    Hi All many thanks for replies ,lots of great info especially re the TMKs which seem to be easier to get hold of compared to Bergers ,.. Deadcenter have look at my post from september for info on 155 s with n135 . Looked at the berger handbook and it quotes N135 to be a powder for the 175s so in theory one powder could do both duties 155 and 175 loadings. Ive got quite a bit to use up yet before trying something new , seems N 140 is frowned upon from a few old hands in our club for 155 reloading ???? not sure why its usually from the tikka shooters so poss twist related . Any ideas what the new amalgamation of Lapua and Berger will bring ? .
  15. 308 175 gr bullet makes which works best

    Thanks again Laurie ,Aha boat tail angle rears its ugly head again!!!!!! looks like I'll stick to trying the 175's and 185's and N 150 seems to be the prefered powder? . Im wanting to find the most accurate loads to suit 155 and 175/185 then settle to making a batch of these to keep powder types to a minimum . All good at the moment with n135 for the 155s. Once ive found the best load ill stick with it as long as supplies are avasilable . Cheers Richie
  16. 308 175 gr bullet makes which works best

    Thanks very much for your replies , lots of great info to play with ,will get some of the above to try depending on availabilty/supply., off to catterick soon to try the new loads of 155's seated to 2.85 .old amax and the bergers work very well the lapua standard and L type are good and the 155 TMK need to find best seating depth . had a few issues with not getting enough bullet in the neck at 2.9 coal and had smoky cases as if the case hadnt expanded to chamber size before the bullet was on its way . best group has been bergers at 10 shots through a 1/2" hole ,so would like to see the same for heavier bullets. ps Why do lots of people rubbish the 168 gr bullets , hornady 168 bthp match factory ammo didnt suit the rifle btw , also PPU ammogroup sizes were 2" at 100m cheers Richie .
  17. 17hmr vs small CF

    Hi All just some info re hmr variations , have been using winchester ammo and have been very happy with it ,lately had issues with supply so had to settle for Remingtons ,federal and some hornady vmax all seem to need a tweak to the zero of 100m compared to the winchesters but what was rather strange is the empty case weights, Rem 17.3 grains Feds 17.4 grains Horn 17.7 grains Win 20.0 grains Also looking at the bullet end of the empty case the winchesters seem to have a much wider edge so poss why they are heavier ? All the above are 17 grain bullets and often pass through rabbits without expanding unless they hit bone . Anyone else noticed these variations even though they are reportedly all from the same factory . Cheers Richie
  18. Forster FLS die neck honing sizes

    Hi All Just got a new forster die from hannams in 308 neck sizer only, very impressed with the ease of use and looking down at the end of the depriming pin its right in the centre/middle of the case hole ? unlike my other redding die which needs to be spun around a bit to find the most coencentric position . the redding die is also much harder to push up and down . just waiting for the forster ultra seater die to come through the post .very happy with the new dies .Hope this helps with anyone wondering what to choose . Cheers Richie
  19. CBTO measuring not going too well!

    Hi All just read my instructions on the hornady OAL gauge and it does say to deburr the case inside and out. I am using redding dies for the 308 and have checked the contact point of the seating die on lapua-l ,lapua std ,a-max, berger fullbore and sierra tmk all of these in 155 gr and the contact point is all different from one make to another but at least it doesnt bottom out even with the very long TMK's . done this by taking the seating bush out of the die and push a bullet up into the die and give it a twist or two this marks the bullet contact point . Regarding bottoming out - if your bullet does bottom out and you can drill or put seating part in a lathe then its possible to put a drill through the seating die @ 3 mm or base of plastic diameter this would allow the tip to travel further into the die and not bottom out .Make sure everthing is square and a pedestal drill would be advantageous . Would save buying a new die set Cheers Richie
  20. CBTO measuring not going too well!

    with regard to measuring seating to ogive I have found big differences with the hornady case etc, finally tried using a sharpie marker pen to blacken the cases neck area and give it a good shove up the bore withe a bit of twisting too - eventually got a rim mark on the black part and was then happy that the case was going all the way into the chamber to the correct depth ,also ram the chamfer tool around the outside of the hornady dummy case just to make sure there wasnt any burrs stopping the case from fully seating in the chamber . hope this helps cheers Richie
  21. Hi All Got an AI mod on the tactical brake on the AT308 26" barrel , any info on cleaning would be appreciated . Currently just clean the area where the brake screws in to - very hard crud here and also re clean the `O` ring and then regrease it before putting it all back in the safe. Believe it is sealed but has anyone tried to clean the internals ? . Spent most of the day cleaning 2 ASE rimfire mods and dont want the same hassle with the 308 mod. Cheers Richie by the way very happy with the AI mod - very quiet and the lads on the lanes each side appreciate it compared to just running it with the brake only.
  22. Show your Accuracy International

    Hi all Got my AT from York guns via sporting services very happy with service also bought AI bipod and scope mount fro Graeme , shooting 155,s from lapua hornady berger and Sierra tmks got these from 1967 spud and local shop who deals with Hannams all without problems with supply Cheers Richie
  23. Hi All Just some safety info - please please please DO NOT SHOOT NORMAL GOLF BALLS, A friend and I did this with a golf ball hanging from some string, we did it with night vision at night and was saying whats that whizzing noise after the hit ?????? its the pellet bouncing straight back at you NOT NICE !!!!!!!!! . Havnt shot at anything bouncey since . Take care cheers Richie
  24. .308 home loads

    Thanks for all the replies ,theres lots of info to take in so maybe leave the chrono and borrow one next time at the range just to get an idea how fast we are .going to play with the seating depth and stick with the best load . have read the berger reloading manual and am working with different seating depths to find the best load then enjoy shooting small groups . Need lots of practice yet especially with the wind reading . think its Wathgill in October so would like a calm day. Cheers for the info much appreciated. Regards Rich ps any ideas re cleaning the sealed Accuracy Int Moderator ?
  25. .308 home loads

    Hi gbal Thanks for the info , the Bergers seem good and have a very small hole at the point.this hole looks to be filled poss with a glue? As some has spilled out making the bullets a bit tarnished an not too pretty but as results show very good at 100 m. Need to get get out to 300 m and buy a magneto too ,Catterick ranges are usually 100 m and sometimes 200 depending on what we are allowed ,300 m depends on weather ie if we can see the target fig11 s. Looking forward to some good autumnal weather Cheers rich

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