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#5718404 - 04/27/15 01:28 PM .308 Ammo question
cjs0134 Offline
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Registered: 08/29/12
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Just got a new .308 that I will mainly be using for deer hunting in west Texas and on hogs if they present themselves. Knowing that 90% of my shots taken at deer will be under 250yds what grain bullet is the best fit. 150gr or 180gr?

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#5718444 - 04/27/15 01:53 PM Re: .308 Ammo question [Re: cjs0134]
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See what your gun likes. Try 165 gr Accubond or 165gr Hornady Superformance SST

A wealth of info here... http://www.ballisticstudies.com/Knowledgebase/.308+Winchester+7.62+NATO.html
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#5718446 - 04/27/15 01:56 PM Re: .308 Ammo question [Re: cjs0134]
cameron00 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 01/08/09
Posts: 8447
Loc: Texas
***I am absolutely not a very serious shooter***

I use 150-grain Core Lokt and at 200 or less, I have had zero issues in 10 years. Dropped a 296-lb hog and many, many smaller hogs and deer.

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#5718516 - 04/27/15 02:47 PM Re: .308 Ammo question [Re: cjs0134]
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Registered: 11/01/12
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
If your gun shoots Core-Lokts well, it will definitely get the job done. Past 300 yds you may want something different but out to there I think it's a better bullet than the SST (which is what I shoot now). My rifle just won't shoot them that accurately so I switched to the Hornady SF SST 150gr. You won't need 180gr for anything in Texas. Where are you located? If you're near Lubbock, I have some 165 Bergers and some 165 Noslers I'd let you shoot a few of.
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#5718551 - 04/27/15 03:08 PM Re: .308 Ammo question [Re: cjs0134]
Rustler Offline
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I'd try a few different brands, weights & bullet types to see what it likes best.

Mine shoots Federal premium 165grn sierra game kings the best, by quite a large margin.

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#5718568 - 04/27/15 03:14 PM Re: .308 Ammo question [Re: cjs0134]
John Humbert Offline
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There is a SIGNIFICANT difference between the 165/168gr loads and the 180r loads in the .308

The 180 drops, depending on the gun/powder, a LOT more - even at 100 yards.

I would stick to the lighter loads - they shoot much flatter and are much more forgiving. The 180gr are for big game, like in Africa - and then I found the 165/168gr Berger did a bang-up job,

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#5718650 - 04/27/15 03:50 PM Re: .308 Ammo question [Re: cjs0134]
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Registered: 10/11/09
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Loc: Wills Point
165/168. Almost every gun likes this weight. While many will not shoot the 150 or 180s well.

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#5718652 - 04/27/15 03:51 PM Re: .308 Ammo question [Re: cjs0134]
cjs0134 Offline
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Registered: 08/29/12
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I am currently in the DFW area. I have been given some Federal and Norma rounds to try but they are both in the 180gr. In my .270 I have always been a fan of Core-Lockts and because of that would like to try them out. Just wasn't sure if I should be spending my time and money on the 150gr or 180gr.

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#5718681 - 04/27/15 04:07 PM Re: .308 Ammo question [Re: cjs0134]
tth_40 Offline
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Registered: 04/05/10
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Loc: North Texas.
I used to use 150 grain .308 Win. Core Lokts in my Ruger GSR (when I had it) on hogs. They worked GREAT, never took a shot at any over 150 yards, all DRT.
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#5719587 - 04/28/15 07:53 AM Re: .308 Ammo question [Re: cjs0134]
FoxTrot Offline
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Registered: 10/03/07
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Loc: West
My Savage 308 loves eating the Core Lokts. Ive shot a few others out of mine but the CL's group best
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#5719593 - 04/28/15 07:56 AM Re: .308 Ammo question [Re: cjs0134]
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Registered: 06/15/09
Posts: 3019
Loc: Huntsville, AL
For some reason, my .308 I get the best accuracy with Federal Fusion.
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