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Re: light bullets in a 308, has anyone tried this?
Reply #15 - Oct 3rd, 2019 at 3:38pm
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Ive got a heap of Woodleigh 130gn 308 projies that I picked up cheap for the young bloke to use in his rifle. Just havent loaded up anybut I reckon they should be good for under 200 yard shots. Looking forward to giving them a go.
  
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Re: light bullets in a 308, has anyone tried this?
Reply #16 - Nov 3rd, 2019 at 3:58pm
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Greetings Poodle,
You shouldn't have too much trouble with the lighter projectiles as long as you don't push them too fast. Years ago, while trying to turn my .308 into a .223 I played around with projectiles as light as 100 grains. They shot well, in spite of the 10 inch twist and longish throat, but nowhere near the 150 grain hunting loads. Almost any lead cored soft point or plastic tipped projectile should expand well down to an impact velocity of 2,000 fps or so and some of the round nose projectiles to rather less. I would steer clear of the Varmint or hollow point stuff though. Handloader Magazine published an article by Gary Sciuchetti, 20 years ago, which reported on extensive testing of .30  calibre 180 grain projectiles for expansion in test medium. He found that the Remington Corelokt expanded to low velocities and the Hornady Interlock was good as well. The balance was much the same.

Start loads from the manuals should give around 2,700 fps for 125 to 135 grain projectiles and load sheet published by Hodgdon a few years back gave the following loads using AR2206H.

125 grain projectile   38.0 grains   2,592 fps
130 grain projectile   37.0 grains   2,542 fps
135 grain projectile   36.5 grains   2,494 fps

Hot barrels on those goats.
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Re: light bullets in a 308, has anyone tried this?
Reply #17 - Dec 4th, 2019 at 2:32pm
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125grn speer TNTs dont exit wallabies......so they sure wont exit goat sized animals.... very impressive terminal preformance,a glancing blow across hips was naaasty to say the least took pudding bowl sized piece of everything out....
might be the ducks nuts for head/neck shooting fallow....would work on chest shot but would be very messy,dont know YET wether I would trust them on shoulder shot even on smaller animal like goat or fallow.

you sure know when they connect.
  
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Re: light bullets in a 308, has anyone tried this?
Reply #18 - Apr 20th, 2020 at 7:04pm
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A 308 i had for years shot really well with the 125gr Targex projectile, clover hole groups. i had a play with the 86gr RN 30 mauser projectiles in the 308 too. I never shot them with the suppressor on but they shot well un-suppressed. Were quite slow i think. still have the leftover pills.
  

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Re: light bullets in a 308, has anyone tried this?
Reply #19 - May 4th, 2020 at 9:51pm
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Light bullets are good because they are flat shooting and don't need so much allowance for exact range up to about 200m.  No one can estimate whether its 150m or 200m by naked eye.  The light bullet gives you a bit more margin for error when you thought it was 150m but it was actually 250 (quite a common situation with a big goat).

They tend to be designed more rapidly expanding and hit at a good speed so make big holes in small animals like goats.  You dont want a deep penetrating, weight retaining, bonded bullet for that.

We used 125 & 130 gr in the 30-06 and 303 for many years and they were good.

The post is sort of in the wrong section because light bullets are a short range item, not long.  If you want to shoot past 200m you'll need a range finder and then you may as well go to a heavier bullet because you can allow pretty well for drop.
  
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Re: light bullets in a 308, has anyone tried this?
Reply #20 - May 4th, 2020 at 10:48pm
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Bagheera wrote on May 4th, 2020 at 9:51pm:
The post is sort of in the wrong section because light bullets are a short range item, not long.  If you want to shoot past 200m you'll need a range finder and then you may as well go to a heavier bullet because you can allow pretty well for drop.


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