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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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