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Hey guys!
Well it has begun, my reloading process. This is for a 18" Crit. barrel. I did some garand rounds and they turned out great so it time to turn to the trusty .308.
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LC Brass
CCI "milspec" primers
IMR 4895 powder
150 FMJBT bulletes
168 A-Max bullets

What is your suggestions for loads for these. I am not asking what is YOUR load, but where should I start for these ones. The ones I got for the Garand were from a Horndy service rifle handbook, but .308 is not in there.
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The old NRA service rifle load data shows max loads in LC cases of 42.0 grains of IMR-4895 with a 150 grain bullet and 40.5 grains of IMR-4895 with a 168 grain bullet (Sierra Match King).
 

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I've been working up IMR4895 loads for my Socom16, so we should be in the same ballpark...

My previous post...

http://m14tfl.com/upload/showthread.php?t=92998

The 147grn FMJ load was very near the final loading, but it was in PNJ brass, IIRC.

The loading with the 168grn bullets was way below starter loads, I felt, so you would probably be better starting with about 39.0grn IMR4895.
 

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What is your suggestions for loads for these. I am not asking what is YOUR load, but where should I start for these ones. The ones I got for the Garand were from a Horndy service rifle handbook, but .308 is not in there.
Thanks guys!
Not to get it side-tracked, but my Hornady guide has 308 for Service Rifle in it, which edition do you have? (believe mine is the 8th ed.)
 

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My best load for my M1A is 38.5 of IMR 4895 using 168 gr Nosler Custom Comp bullets. I dont have a chrony, but out of the different loads that I made, this shoots the best.
 

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I have decent luck with 41.5 pushing a 168 Nosler CC in LC Milsurp cases
 

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Winchester Brass
168GR SMK
CCI #34 primers
41gr of IMR4895
2.80 seating depth

5 shots 100 meters - top left is the recipe - btw the flyer is my fault ICONMAD

Was doing a seating depth experiment and its amazing what a difference .005" increments makes inaccuracy in my rifle.

 

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Not to get it side-tracked, but my Hornady guide has 308 for Service Rifle in it, which edition do you have? (believe mine is the 8th ed.)
Hornady number 7 and number 8 have 308 service rifle load data. Older Hornady load guides, such as number 6, do not have 308 service rifle but do have 30-06 service rifle load data. Note the Hornady 308 service load data uses Hornady cases which are like Winchester commercial cases.

I had a 20 year old Hornady load guide that showed a max load of 39.5 grains of IMR-4895 with the old Hornady 168 grain BTHP. 39.5 grains is often an accurate load.
 

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My latest numbers with A-Max bullets,

168 A-Max, IMR 4895 41.0 grs, CCI #34 primer, LC '05 brass, 2.800" COL. Gets me; 2468 fps avg, Es=52.48 and Sd=14.31, 10 rd group size 2.094" c-t-c. 65*, 48%, 2000' ASL.

I am finding that I actually do a little better with SMK 168 and H4895.

Good Shooting!
 

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Just remember the C-34 is a magnum primer. My M1A's like 39.5 grns of IMR 4895 and a 168 Sierra to 41 grns max.

I don't have a 147 grn work up.

Just start low and don't be surprised with the C-34 that you get to max with a "light" load.
 

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In the 80's when I was competing in the 800 aggregate I was using a 1-10 barrel with, if I remember right:
Sierra 168 Match King
Lake City brass
41.5 grains 4895
Federal bench rest primers

That is from memory but am very sure it is correct.
 
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