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Sierra 308 Win

Sierra 308 Win

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534
RELOADING MANUAL5TH EDITION
Test Specifications/Components
Firearm Used:
Savage 12VSS
Barrel Length:
26"
Twist:
1 x 10"
Case:
Federal
Trim-to Length:
2.005"
Primer:
Fed 210M
Remarks:
Shortly after the end of World War I,the U.S.Ordnance Corps began look-ing for a smaller cartridge to replacethe 30-06 Springfield.With typical gov-ernment efficiency, the quest was stillbeing pursued toward the end of theSecond World War.By 1944, engineersat Frankford Arsenal had begun toexperiment with the 300 Savage case.Designated as the Cartridge, Ball, Cal.30 T65, the experimental round gave performance roughly equal to the larger30-06.After a long series of modifications, a revised cartridge case designat-ed as the T65E3 was adopted as the NATO standard on December 15, 1953.The U.S.finally embraced the 7.62mm NATO cartridge in two new weaponsadopted in 1957 — the M14 rifle and the M60 machinegun.While the military trials were still in progress, Winchester introduced thecartridge to the sporting public as the 308 Winchester.Initially, the 308 waschambered in the bolt action Model 70 rifle.Since then, the cartridge hasbeen chambered by virtually every major arms maker in almost every con-ceivable action type.Public acceptance was slow, due largely to unflatteringcomparisons to the 30-06.Despite the initial lukewarm enthusiasm, the 308has become one of the most useful sporting cartridges.The 308 is an extremely easy cartridge to reload.Like the 222 Remingtonand 6mm PPC, the 308 is an extremely accurate cartridge.It probably is themost inherently accurate 30 caliber commercial cartridge ever produced.As acompetitive cartridge, the 308 has been used in benchrest, highpower, long-range, silhouette, and 300-meter international matches.Few, if any, other car-tridges have been so successful in such a wide range of shooting disciplines.It has also become quite popular as a hunting cartridge and is adequate formost North American big game species, particularly deer-sized game.Thoughfrequently compared to it, the 308 cannot match the performance of the 30-06.The difference between the two, however, is insignificant unless bullets of180 grains or heavier are discussed.The 30-06’s greater capacity and abilityto use slower powders give it an undeniable edge.If military brass is used forreloading, the charges shown should be reduced by one to two grains.The
308 Winchester
 
535
VRIFLE RELOADING DATA
INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD– USE CAUTION
LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.
Powder /Velocity 2800 2900 3000 3100 3200 3300
Viht N13340.041.142.343.4
44.5
AA-201539.841.242.6
44.0
RE-737.038.4
39.9
IMR-303140.541.943.344.6
46.0
H32239.340.842.343.8
45.3
AA-223038.440.342.344.2
46.1
74843.245.147.149.0
50.9
BL-C(2)45.046.848.5
50.3
H33541.042.944.846.7
48.6
IMR-489543.144.445.747.048.3
49.6
IMR-406443.544.946.347.7
49.1
IMR-432045.146.648.2
49.7
H38048.350.3
52.2
76051.9
53.6
H41447.749.651.5
53.4Energy/ft.lbs. 1915 2054 2198 2346 2501 2659Powder Grains Velocity Ft. lbs.
Accuracy Load
RE-7 39.9
31002346Hunting Load H33546.732002501
308 Winchester
continued
#2100 .308" 110 gr. RN
C.O.A.L.2.500"
#2105 .308" 110 gr. FMJ
C.O.A.L.2.500"
#2110 .308" 110 gr. HP
C.O.A.L.2.600"thicker construction of these cases decreases capacity, making a reduction incharge weight a necessity.
Civilian offspring of NATO’s 7.62 x 51mm service cartridge, the 243 Winchester, the wildcat 6.5mm-08, 7mm- 08, 308 Winchester and the 358 Winchester.
 
536
INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD– USE CAUTION
LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.
RELOADING MANUAL5TH EDITION
308 Winchester
continued
Powder /Velocity 2700 2800 2900 3000 3100
Viht N13337.939.641.2
42.9
RE-734.936.538.2
39.8
IMR-303140.041.342.6
43.9
H32238.239.540.842.1
43.4
AA-223039.541.042.5
44.0
74842.844.746.548.4
50.2
BL-C(2)44.246.1
47.9
H33541.843.144.445.7
47.0
IMR-489542.543.745.0
46.2
Viht N13539.741.443.144.8
46.5
IMR-406442.644.045.5
46.9
AA-252042.343.444.4
45.5
IMR-432044.045.647.2
48.8
RE-1540.642.945.2
47.5
H38046.247.9
49.6
76047.049.251.4
53.6
H41446.748.6
50.5Energy/ft.lbs. 2023 2176 2334 2498 2667Powder Grains Velocity Ft. lbs.
Accuracy Load
H414 50.5
29002334Hunting Load
H335 47.0
31002667
#2120 .308" 125 gr. SPT
C.O.A.L.2.700"
Aaron Burns shot these two groups with Sierra’s 30 caliber 110 grain HP Varminter at 100 yards.

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