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Anyone used these in reloading?? How's your accuracy been with them?? How do they compare with Sierra's?? Any thoughts would be appreciated..
 

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So how's the accuracy compared to miltary, or compared to say sierras?? Good enough for plinkin or SHTF, but not quite match??
 

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This is just my opinion and you know what they say....but the weights have a fairly wide variance so the accuracy follows.
Tin cans don't seem to mind them and they don't seem wildly inaccurate, but they aren't a SMK.
 

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What does anyone think about golden west brass how's their stuff compare, I've used it and found them pretty good but haven't had anything else to gauge them by..
 

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You get what you pay for. SMK rules.
Oh, I'm a beliver in you get what you pay for, I'm just looking for a solid bullet that's good to shoot. I'm gonna make up a bunch of loads to put away for a rainy day..GI5 Nobody will ship ammo into the socialist anti-gun state of massachusetts. Plus unless I'm using SMK's, most times I can reload a pretty good round for as much or if not less then the miltary surplus that's out there to buy..
 

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I use them.

They work good enough for my kind of shooting.

Steel plates, water jugs, and three gun.

I don't really care for shooting itty bitty groups.GI2
 

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Oh, I'm a beliver in you get what you pay for, I'm just looking for a solid bullet that's good to shoot. I'm gonna make up a bunch of loads to put away for a rainy day..GI5 Nobody will ship ammo into the socialist anti-gun state of massachusetts. Plus unless I'm using SMK's, most times I can reload a pretty good round for as much or if not less then the miltary surplus that's out there to buy..
Good enough to shoot down range, but I would not use them for competition.
 

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Widener's Bullets

Anyone used these in reloading?? How's your accuracy been with them?? How do they compare with Sierra's?? Any thoughts would be appreciated..
I've used their 173 grain fmjbt. They're okay, but my groups at 100 yds opened up from ~1.5" to about 3-4". Good for plinking, good for hitting steel targets out to about 200 yds, not for bullseye.
 

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Unlike Sierra's, you WILL find a lot more variation in bullet weight. Once I weighed and sorted them, they weren't too bad. (168's)
 

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What does anyone think about golden west brass how's their stuff compare, I've used it and found them pretty good but haven't had anything else to gauge them by..
GWB is about 20min from me and they have been out of 308 for well over a year, good luck trying to get some. They are excellent projectiles and I've had better luck with them as opposed to mil spec wideners bullets. So far I've shot them at 500yds and was getting good results (700p) I cant wait for them to be back in stock but it doesn't look good!
 

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I used GW in the 150 and 168 weights. But as already stated, I haven't been able to get them for a while. But they preformed well in my Garands and M1A's. Even the 62 grain 223 load worked very well.
 

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I have used the 175gr. FMJBT that they sale, haven't done any testing with them accuracy wise. I mainly use Lapua Scenar's in 7.62 / .308, and in the .338 Lapua Mag.

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A+, 100% for the Wideners 168's!

The Wideners 168gr HPBT .30 cal. projectiles are great! I bought 2k of them late last year as practice rounds for my CMP - High Power SAI Super Match, good stuff at a good price. There may be a large weight spread compared to Sierra's. Weight distribution is easy to sort out, I know folks that still weight sort Sierra's. The wideners 168's have a different o-give compared to Sierra's too but they go to sleep and spin straight.
Don't get me wrong, I love Sierra's too. But I rather burn the 168gr SMK's for mid-range (600yrds) rather then short range (200-300yrds).

Here is my load work up for the Widener's 168's:

1) Jewelry polished, once fired FC brass RCBS X-die sized and hand trimmed to 1.500"
2) WC Large Rifle Primers or Federal Standard LR.
3) 2.7008 grams (~41.6 grains) of IMR 4895 from GI brass (circa '07). I have an electronic science balance and weigh to exact mass.
4) Widener's 168 projectile seated to ~2.800" (mag length).

The range report is tough in this ice box winter up hear in the NE. I'm shooting at 200yrds (NRA SR target) on a range that is on a foot hill mountain. I loose a few to gusts and let-offs of the winter wind. All rounds fired at the prone position with sling and no supports. Groups (minus called flyers) are SR x-ring size (or fist size) with many holes touching. I'll get a photo when I can, hold hard!

http://www.wideners.com/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=8440&dir=278|281|727

http://www.gibrass.com/
 

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173's

The 173's shoot better then the SMK in my 6 groove barrels not so in the 4 groove barrels. Heard it has to do with the depth of the grooves and hardness of the jacket material.
42gr 4064 for both bullets.
 
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