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#6622908 - 01/08/17 06:30 PM Best all around 308 ammo
Mike Mathena Offline
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Registered: 12/30/16
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After sighting in my scope with monarch (edit145gr) fmj sp, i tried some silver bear 140gr, those 3 shots were low and left. That got me thinking that i need to shoot
1 grain, one tip, one brand. I'm mostly going to hunt hogs and deer out to around 200 yards. just wondering if y'all have one ammo that you shoot exclusively, or do y'all just adjust the scope every time you switch ammo for target and hunting?

I used to hunt when i was a kid, but have not have the chance to get back into it as an adult until now, so here i am asking noob questions.
I built an ar15, went hunting with it and quickly traded it for a bolt action 308 and a 9mm pistol. That ar was just too uncomfortable to shoulder.


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#6622926 - 01/08/17 06:43 PM Re: Best all around 308 ammo [Re: Mike Mathena]
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I believe you meant 145gr FMJ, not 245gr. I think the Hornady AMAX is a very versatile round and it's what I decided to use as a single round for long range and hunting deer/hogs.
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#6622951 - 01/08/17 07:01 PM Re: Best all around 308 ammo [Re: Mike Mathena]
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I'd recommend Federal Fusion. Inexpensive, and I've had great terminal performance in several calibers. Should more than cover everything you've listed.

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#6623057 - 01/08/17 07:54 PM Re: Best all around 308 ammo [Re: Mike Mathena]
Mike Mathena Offline
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Thanks LFD, there is such a huge selection and so much (cheap) ammo now. I'll give those 2 a look when i go for more ammo. I got 100 rnds with the trade but unfortunately, 60 of them were the silver bear
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#6623113 - 01/08/17 08:21 PM Re: Best all around 308 ammo [Re: Mike Mathena]
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For deer and hogs, any 150-165 grain hunting ammo from a 308 will work great. No need for premium ammo unless you are hunting something much bigger. Always sight in with the ammo you are going to use. Ive seen poi t of impact change a lot using different ammo.


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#6623190 - 01/08/17 08:54 PM Re: Best all around 308 ammo [Re: scottfromdallas]
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Originally Posted By: scottfromdallas
For deer and hogs, any 150-165 grain hunting ammo from a 308 will work great. No need for premium ammo unless you are hunting something much bigger. Always sight in with the ammo you are going to use. Ive seen poi t of impact change a lot using different ammo.


Good advice there.
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#6623460 - 01/09/17 06:23 AM Re: Best all around 308 ammo [Re: scottfromdallas]
Mike Mathena Offline
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Yesterday, the cheap russian ammo was about 2 inches low and left from the 3 center shots i got from the monarch ammo, i feel that could be the difference between a clean kill shot and following a blood trail. Since i Have so much of the russian ammo, I'll see how well it groups as I'm burning through it. I tried to upload a pic of the target, but i couldn't get it to work.
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#6623495 - 01/09/17 07:14 AM Re: Best all around 308 ammo [Re: Mike Mathena]
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Mike

Get with Chad from Dallas Reloads (ChadTRG42 on here). I bought 5-7 rounds of a few different .308 bullets and found out the 168 A-Max shot the best out of my gun. Great guy to work with and you can buy the bullet that shoots the best from him.
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#6623504 - 01/09/17 07:24 AM Re: Best all around 308 ammo [Re: TCB]
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Originally Posted By: TCB
Mike

Get with Chad from Dallas Reloads (ChadTRG42 on here). I bought 5-7 rounds of a few different .308 bullets and found out the 168 A-Max shot the best out of my gun. Great guy to work with and you can buy the bullet that shoots the best from him.


Chad's 165 Sierra Gamekings work great for me. At 308 speeds, they really penetrate and put a hurtin' on anything I shoot

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#6624765 - 01/09/17 07:52 PM Re: Best all around 308 ammo [Re: Drop Tine]
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Originally Posted By: TCB
Mike

Get with Chad from Dallas Reloads (ChadTRG42 on here). I bought 5-7 rounds of a few different .308 bullets and found out the 168 A-Max shot the best out of my gun. Great guy to work with and you can buy the bullet that shoots the best from him.


Chad's 165 Sierra Gamekings work great for me. At 308 speeds, they really penetrate and put a hurtin' on anything I shoot


I tried those and the 150 NBT but the A-Max shot a crazy tight group.
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#6624873 - 01/09/17 08:35 PM Re: Best all around 308 ammo [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
I'd recommend Federal Fusion. Inexpensive, and I've had great terminal performance in several calibers. Should more than cover everything you've listed.

Welcome to the forum!


I posted earlier that any 150-165 hunting bullet will work fine. If I didn't reload, I would try Federal Fusions first. I don't think you can get any better value in loaded ammunition with a bonded bullet.
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#6624895 - 01/09/17 08:46 PM Re: Best all around 308 ammo [Re: Mike Mathena]
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Thank you for the reference, guys!!!

I have some good bulk ammo with the 168 and 178 A-max, and some high end match grade that I can load any bullet you want. The bulk ammo is made to be good ammo at a good price. It's not "match" grade per se, but it shoots good in most rifles. My match ammo has turned in some very tight groups and has extreme tight tolerances on the powder charge.

308 Win page: http://dallasreloads.com/product-category/308-winchester/
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#6626708 - 01/10/17 08:20 PM Re: Best all around 308 ammo [Re: Mike Mathena]
Mike Mathena Offline
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I have your page saved Chad, i have some buddy's that will be interested also.

I appreciate the response guys, I'm going to get a few different grained rounds of fusion to see what my rifle likes, i was told some rifles don't like heavy rounds and don't like light rounds. It groups 140 & 145 sub moa at 100 so, I'm wanting to see what 150 & 165 will do at 100 and on out to 200+ yards.
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#6626737 - 01/10/17 08:32 PM Re: Best all around 308 ammo [Re: Mike Mathena]
Mike Mathena Offline
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A pic of my first bolt action rifle, nothing fancy but it works just fine.
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#6626775 - 01/10/17 08:56 PM Re: Best all around 308 ammo [Re: Mike Mathena]
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Good looking gun....good luck with the ammo search
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