.308 F-Open/F/TR Projectiles

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.308 F-Open/F/TR Projectiles

#1 Postby Weairy » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:55 pm

Hi all,

Looking at some options for running an F-open .308 for long range (simply because we've got a spare barrel and all the gear, rather than setting up a 7mm). Currently run a 6BR for the shorter stuff.

Given that projectiles are open slather, what's the optimal combo? Thinking the Berger 185gn Juggernaughts or similar. Previously had good results from the 155.5 FB Targets.

Before the comments start - yes I know there are other options than a .308 but that's what we've got to work with so that's what we're going to use.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: .308 F-Open/F/TR Projectiles

#2 Postby AlexE » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:07 pm

I'm going to cop heat from the naysayers here, but the most accurate gun I've owned was a 10kg 308 shooting 230gr Berger hybrids. I chronod it one day and it was a lazy 2370fps with a not quite full case of 2209. It shouldn't haven't worked so well, but it would drill the centre out of the target at any distance. I regret ever selling it and I'm currently messing around with the same combo with a different action and barrel (albeit with a bit more powder for around 2500fps).

I'm sure the general advice will be not to go heavier that 200gr, use palma brass and load it hot (and I don't doubt this works), but there are other ways to skin the cat.

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Re: .308 F-Open/F/TR Projectiles

#3 Postby Wingnut » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:56 pm

My .308 F-open load was a Berger 200-20x pushed with 2209 from a 30 inch barrel using standard lapua brass. Velocity was around 2750 FPS. It was a compressed charge on paper but using a drop tube it fitted the case nicely with room to seat the bullet properly without crushing everything.

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Re: .308 F-Open/F/TR Projectiles

#4 Postby wsftr » Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:25 pm

Berger 200.20x
Berger 185 Hybrid
Hornady ELD 208

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Re: .308 F-Open/F/TR Projectiles

#5 Postby Tim L » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:22 pm

What twist is the barrel?
1:12 will run the jugs
1:11 200s to 215s
1:10 for the 230s.

I'd suggest you find out what projectiles are available, you might end up with Nosler or Hornady.

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