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light bullets in a 308, has anyone tried this?
Apr 21st, 2019 at 2:20pm
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I have a Baikal 308 with a 23.5" barrel and a 1:9.5 twist.
I am mainly going to be shooting goats I expect. I am just getting into seeing what ammo my rifle likes. It seems conventional wisdom is that it will favour heaver 165-190gr bullets.
Despite this I am curious if someone has tried using the 110-130 v-max bullets or similar in a 308. I figure that even a small bullet like a 110gr is still twice as large as a .223 and I have more than one mate who knock over everything in NZ with a 223. I figure it would be a pretty flat shooting bullet.

Is it doable or just a dumb idea?
  
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Re: light bullets in a 308, has anyone tried this?
Reply #1 - Apr 21st, 2019 at 3:45pm
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they go quick for a wee while then fall out of the sky as the are as stream lined as a brick.....
  

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Re: light bullets in a 308, has anyone tried this?
Reply #2 - Apr 21st, 2019 at 6:37pm
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Presume your shooting them in open country at close to moderate ranges and dont really read what your goals are. Control of goats, long range, or just having fun on whatever pops up ?

You might need a lot of bullets, so unless someone else is paying for them.. or you dont care and are just doing it for fun , a .223 or .243 is still just as effective at ranges out to a 2-300  meters.  A couple of 10 shot mags on a .223 will shoot more goats than a lesser mag sized rifle in .308.

Wsnt exactly your question but I get these ideas all the time too, and need somone to talk me down..  Grin

Make a few bullets, look at all the work you do and the results, and then decide if it was worth it.   Smiley

  

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Reply #3 - Apr 22nd, 2019 at 10:54am
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Shooting a lot of bullits out of a 223 more confortable than a 308. Wink
  

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I already have the 308. Too late to swap it for a .2 something.
Mainly I am thinking of just having fun on whatever pops up, but the likelihood is goats at medium range (under 200m). I may have opportunities to shoot a few pigs or deer if I get lucky.
  
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Reply #5 - Apr 22nd, 2019 at 8:26pm
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Bit heavier but cheap as chips.FMJ 147gr ball ammo.Very accurate out to 400yds.Head shooting rabbits to 200yds, no problem,hawks get a good feed. Wink
  

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Reply #6 - Apr 22nd, 2019 at 10:09pm
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I used to run both 125 and 130 out of my 16" T3 308. Had pretty good success with them. I think I used the 130ttsx and 125 accubond. They haul ass. Never had a failure from one.

I've recently changed to 168gr ELD-M in the same gun. Can get these going 2650 with 2206H. Have been thoroughly impressed with their performance. Dropped everything I've shot from 60 - 300m on the spot. I'll be sticking with these.
  
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Re: light bullets in a 308, has anyone tried this?
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poodle wrote on Apr 22nd, 2019 at 8:00pm:
I already have the 308. Too late to swap it for a .2 something.
Mainly I am thinking of just having fun on whatever pops up, but the likelihood is goats at medium range (under 200m). I may have opportunities to shoot a few pigs or deer if I get lucky.


Most fun I ever had was shooting rabbits with the .243 using 55gn bullets at longer ranges.. 250-300 m were the shorter shots.  Shot thousands with that combo till the barrel was buggered. Trout will remember the days. He shot a few at well over 500m with the 308.

I expect youll experience the same amount of pleasure with lighter 308 bullets. One thing youll notice is much less recoil the lighter the bullet, which might improve your accuracy also. Worked for me anyway.  Smiley
  

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Reply #8 - Apr 23rd, 2019 at 2:22pm
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A good 130 grn bullet is the Lapua hollow point. They shoot well and kill ok. They have a big hollow cavity, but a friend used them on Tahr and they killed them ok. I think that they would make a great duel rabbit/bigger stuff bullet.
  

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Reply #9 - Apr 23rd, 2019 at 9:08pm
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Been using 130 gn TTSX's in my Sako A II last few years. In truth I haven't put that many animals on the deck, but they have been utterly reliable on fallow, sika and reds from 30 to 250 metres.
  
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Re: light bullets in a 308, has anyone tried this?
Reply #10 - May 11th, 2019 at 1:31pm
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V-max are explosive.  I use them in my 6.5 sweede and they are honestly devastating.  But you have to put them in the right place.... they dont Punch through.
  

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