RELOADING MANUAL • 5TH EDITION

308 Winchester
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 looking for a smaller cartridge to replace
the 30-06 Springfield. With typical government efficiency, the quest was still
being pursued toward the end of the
Second World War. By 1944, engineers
at Frankford Arsenal had begun to
experiment with the 300 Savage case. Designated as the Cartridge, Ball, Cal.
30 T65, the experimental round gave performance roughly equal to the larger
30-06. After a long series of modifications, a revised cartridge case designated 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 weapons
adopted in 1957 — the M14 rifle and the M60 machinegun.
While the military trials were still in progress, Winchester introduced the
cartridge to the sporting public as the 308 Winchester. Initially, the 308 was
chambered in the bolt action Model 70 rifle. Since then, the cartridge has
been chambered by virtually every major arms maker in almost every conceivable action type. Public acceptance was slow, due largely to unflattering
comparisons to the 30-06. Despite the initial lukewarm enthusiasm, the 308
has become one of the most useful sporting cartridges.
The 308 is an extremely easy cartridge to reload. Like the 222 Remington
and 6mm PPC, the 308 is an extremely accurate cartridge. It probably is the
most inherently accurate 30 caliber commercial cartridge ever produced. As a
competitive cartridge, the 308 has been used in benchrest, highpower, longrange, silhouette, and 300-meter international matches. Few, if any, other cartridges 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 for
most North American big game species, particularly deer-sized game. Though
frequently compared to it, the 308 cannot match the performance of the 3006. The difference between the two, however, is insignificant unless bullets of
180 grains or heavier are discussed. The 30-06’s greater capacity and ability
to use slower powders give it an undeniable edge. If military brass is used for
reloading, the charges shown should be reduced by one to two grains. The
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9 44. lbs.L.L.3 47.6 51. 7mm08.9 3300 45.8 2900 41.1 48.5 38.O.9 45.1 48.5mm-08.9 46.5 46.A.7 49.4 2346 Velocity 3100 3200 3200 44.3 45.6 50.0 44.600" Powder /Velocity Viht N133 AA-2015 RE-7 IMR-3031 H322 AA-2230 748 BL-C(2) H335 IMR-4895 IMR-4064 IMR-4320 H380 760 H414 Energy/ft.8 46. 535 .62 x 51mm service cartridge.7 48.0 43.6 42. FMJ C.2 53. Accuracy Load Hunting Load 2800 40.O.2 52. 308 Winchester and the 358 Winchester. HP C.6 2054 40.3 44.6 49.0 41.5 42.2 37. 2.3 42. 2346 2501 Civilian offspring of NATO’s 7.9 46.500" #2110 .1 41.1 43.2 49.0 39.8 47.5 45.O. #2100 .A.6 38.3 40.0 50.7 46.4 44.6 2501 2659 Ft.500" #2105 . 2.1 48.1 50.5 2198 3100 43.4 44.8 41.lbs. 2.A.L.0 47.4 43. RN C.3 51.3 40.308" 110 gr.7 1915 Powder RE-7 H335 Grains 39.7 3000 42.2 45.3 46.4 43.3 44.0 39.8 42.7 53.0 43. the 243 Winchester.3 49.1 46.3 47.V • RIFLE RELOADING DATA 308 Winchester continued thicker construction of these cases decreases capacity. making a reduction in charge weight a necessity. the wildcat 6.9 39.3 48. INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD – USE CAUTION LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.308" 110 gr.9 49.308" 110 gr.

6 46.0 43.6 42.O.6 40. SPT C.0 38. INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD – USE CAUTION LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.0 2900 41.9 42.5 3100 43.8 42.2 49.9 45.6 42.5 42.4 44.3 44.RELOADING MANUAL • 5TH EDITION 308 Winchester continued #2120 . 536 .0 46.2 42.5 39.0 44.7 2023 2800 39.9 34.5 47.0 48.5 48. 2.8 42.308" 125 gr.2 41.7 46.4 50.0 46.9 39.8 46.2 38.2 39.1 45.2 48.7 41.9 40.4 45.L.9 47.2 47.1 43.6 2498 Velocity 2900 3100 2667 Ft.6 2176 Powder H414 H335 Grains 50.4 45.5 41. lbs.6 51.4 45.1 44.4 47.2 44.lbs.5 53.5 41.700" Powder /Velocity Viht N133 RE-7 IMR-3031 H322 AA-2230 748 BL-C(2) H335 IMR-4895 Viht N135 IMR-4064 AA-2520 IMR-4320 RE-15 H380 760 H414 Energy/ft.9 44.2 47.3 39.7 42.5 47.5 46.8 47.8 43.4 50.2 45.7 46.8 44.0 43.1 43.9 49.A.5 2334 3000 42. 2334 2667 Aaron Burns shot these two groups with Sierra’s 30 caliber 110 grain HP Varminter at 100 yards. Accuracy Load Hunting Load 2700 37.5 44.0 40.6 36.

4 45.4 43.6 2801 Powder Grains Velocity Ft.2 42.8 39.7 44.1 42.2 2251 2700 37.9 45.L.9 43.7 44.750" #2190 .7 40.5 39.5 49.750" #2125 .5 45.308" 150 gr.775" Powder /Velocity RE-7 IMR-3031 Benchmark H322 AA-2230 748 BL-C(2) H335 TAC AA-2495 IMR-4895 Varget IMR-4064 IMR-4320 Viht N140 RE-15 H380 760 H414 Viht N550 IMR-4350 Energy/ft.1 47.9 45.3 43.2 46.L.O. HPBT MatchKing C. SBT C.3 37.7 35. 2.775" #2130 .1 2428 2611 2900 43.2 41.4 37.4 39.O.9 40.8 43.4 43.L.1 40.1 43.A.O.6 45.8 2081 2600 35.308" 150 gr.2 46.O.4 44.5 48.5 42.7 46.4 43.0 39.A. 537 . RN C. 2.1 40.3 41.8 43.2 41.5 47.6 2800 38.308" 155 gr.7 50.9 48.O.4 42.2 49.7 42. 2.8 48.6 40.9 40.A. 2. 2500 34.5 40. 2.9 39.4 40.1 41.0 45.L.2 42.5 37. SPT C.775" #2135 . 2.2 44.308" 150 gr.6 43. FMJBT C.5 38.L.A.O.V • RIFLE RELOADING DATA 308 Winchester continued #2115 .308" 150 gr.2 46.1 39.A.7 42.7 42.1 2700 2428 Hunting Load IMR-3031 43.9 36. Accuracy Load Viht N140 43.6 42.1 42.1 41. HPBT Palma MatchKing C.308" 150 gr. lbs.lbs.A.8 2900 2801 Sierra does not recommend MatchKing bullets for hunting applications.4 46.7 39.3 47.1 40.0 44.5 47.4 46.500" #2155 .L.6 39.8 44. INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD – USE CAUTION LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.8 43.2 48.9 48.6 44.6 43.

8 40.5 37. 538 2800 46.0 2110 Powder AA-2495 Viht N550 2500 34.4 38.8 45.7 41.6 43.1 2670 Velocity 2600 2700 2750 43.9 48. 2.750" #2140 .3 36.lbs.1 42.2 41. SBT C.2 44.0 36.9 Ft.7 38.8 36. HPBT C. 2.O.5 42.1 39.6 39.3 40.7 2289 Grains 40.5 44.8 41.6 41.1 43.9 43.A.A.3 39.5 40.4 36.L.3 43.3 45.750" Powder /Velocity RE-7 IMR-3031 Benchmark H322 748 BL-C(2) AA-2460 H335 TAC AA-2495 IMR-4895 Varget IMR-4064 AA-2520 IMR-4320 RE-15 H380 Viht N540 760 Viht N550 IMR-4350 Energy/ft.1 41.7 48.5 41.4 45.0 37.7 39.1 47.4 2476 40.2 37.4 45.5 45.7 39.2 39.1 40.6 41.2 40.7 43.2 48.0 42.7 38.3 43.RELOADING MANUAL • 5TH EDITION 308 Winchester continued #2145 .1 34.4 42.5 38. 2476 2670 INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD – USE CAUTION LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.8 41. lbs.8 40.8 41.2 2600 2700 39.308" 165 gr.0 39.7 43.6 37.3 38.L.0 42.308" 165 gr.7 48.0 39.5 40.2 47.5 38.9 43.4 40.O.6 38.8 42.3 41. Accuracy Load Hunting Load 2400 31.0 42.8 44.6 36.7 .7 46.6 40.2 38.9 40.9 40.

5 40.3 39.A.7 41.4 39.9 37. 2.7 38.4 43.308" 168 gr.1 44.6 42.1 42.9 41.lbs.5 43.6 40.3 38.4 44.2 38.9 37.1 41.0 2600 2521 Sierra does not recommend MatchKing bullets for hunting applications.0 41.8 40. The United States Veterans Team as pictured in 2001 during the World Championships in South Africa.4 44. INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD – USE CAUTION LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.4 40.L.7 41.0 46.3 46.5 36.4 44.5 44.9 42. HPBT MatchKing C.7 37.5 42.6 46.9 38.8 41.7 38.1 40.6 48. Accuracy Load RE-15 42.5 40.4 45. 2400 32.O.6 38.800" Powder /Velocity RE-7 IMR-3031 Benchmark 748 BL-C(2) AA-2460 H335 TAC H4895 AA-2495 IMR-4895 Varget IMR-4064 AA-2520 IMR-4320 Viht N140 RE-15 H380 760 Viht N150 Viht N550 IMR-4350 Energy/ft.7 43.2 49.0 43.5 45.3 41.6 39.5 2148 2500 34.9 38.8 42.7 39.V • RIFLE RELOADING DATA 308 Winchester continued #2200 .0 2331 2600 2700 39.8 38.5 40.3 36.3 37.4 2521 41.9 43.3 42.2 44.3 47.7 38.5 39.5 2719 Powder Grains Velocity Ft.9 42.4 41. 539 . lbs.2 43.9 42.9 41.2 38.9 40.9 39.0 47.4 42.8 36.

4 41. 2.RELOADING MANUAL • 5TH EDITION 308 Winchester continued #2275 .O.8 38.L.308" 180 gr.308" 175 gr.A.O.5 47.0 40.3 45.4 42.1 37.5 41.3 45.710" Powder /Velocity IMR-3031 Benchmark 748 BL-C(2) AA-2460 H335 TAC AA-2495 IMR-4895 Varget IMR-4064 AA-2520 IMR-4320 Viht N540 RE-15 H380 760 Viht N150 Viht N550 IMR-4350 IMR-4831 H4831 SC Energy/ft.5 36.800" #2160 .7 36.800" #2220 .0 37.9 38.308" 180 gr.0 38.2 34.6 40. 2302 2498 Sierra does not recommend MatchKing bullets for hunting applications.1 47.6 44.7 41.5 41. HPBT MatchKing C.7 39.0 40.3 44. 2.7 45.9 47.O.8 43.9 39.4 39.308" 180 gr.8 34. SBT C.0 39.lbs.7 41.9 44.5 43.3 37.5 2498 2701 Velocity 2400 2500 2600 42. INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD – USE CAUTION LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED. 2.3 2302 2500 39.L.308" 180 gr.O.0 41. lbs.7 42.4 45.8 41.3 35.2 38.5 35. 2.8 39.5 39.A.3 40.1 42.8 37.A. Accuracy Load Hunting Load 2200 33.8 37.A.5 36.0 39.5 42.8 40. SPT C.6 40.0 39.3 41.800" #2170 .1 39.3 36.A.5 37.9 44.L.8 39.5 38.5 35.9 42.2 48. HPBT MatchKing C.3 36. 540 .6 39.O.800" #2150 .6 39.8 42.3 46.3 2400 37. RN C. 2.0 38.1 1934 Powder Viht N540 RE-15 2300 35.3 38.2 48.9 37.3 43.0 46.7 36.L.1 42.7 Ft.7 37.9 41.5 35.5 41.L.8 38.5 40.2 2114 Grains 39.0 40.

4 47.8 43.4 34.6 38. Cynthia Jenkins of Cypress.1 47.9 38.1 37.V • RIFLE RELOADING DATA Bullet 308Name Winchester continued #2210 .8 41.2 34.9 36.8 38.6 38. HPBT MatchKing C.0 43.6 39.4 36.4 41.0 35. CA.8 36.5 2400 36.5 2600 41.8 42.9 38.5 42.7 37. 2.1 36.8 47.3 41.7 43.2 38.0 40.3 39.4 35.7 38.6 40.6 34.lbs.6 40.9 2231 Grains 40.5 45.3 41.4 45.8 39.2 37. INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD – USE CAUTION LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.9 2430 2500 38.8 35.8 37.2 35.A. 2636 Sierra does not recommend MatchKing bullets for hunting applications.3 39.3 42. lbs.800" Powder /Velocity IMR-3031 Benchmark 748 BL-C(2) AA-2460 H335 TAC H4895 IMR-4895 Varget IMR-4064 AA-2520 IMR-4320 Viht N140 Viht N540 RE-15 H380 760 Viht N550 IMR-4350 IMR-4831 H4831 SC Energy/ft.L. 541 .9 41.3 44.3 46.0 45.2 39.4 40.2 36.7 47.4 42.8 40.4 40.8 2042 Powder IMR-4064 2300 35.1 37.3 41.308" 190 gr.5 39.5 37.9 36.O.8 38.0 50.4 46.3 40.4 38.0 35.0 2636 Velocity 2500 41.2 39.8 37.9 40. killed this hog with her Remington Model 7 and Sierra’s 150 grain SBT. Accuracy Load 2200 33.4 46.7 37.4 43.7 36.9 44.1 38.6 35.2 43.8 2851 Ft.1 36.7 40.

3 2558 Velocity 2300 2450 45.0 36.1 2665 Ft.0 44.9 34.1 37. lbs.8 40.2 39.5 38.8 40.2 42.2 44.2 39.3 34.1 40. Accuracy Load Hunting Load 2100 32.5 39.8 40. 2.0 36.5 32.6 36.9 2450 38.9 35.3 35. 2.4 33.O.7 41.800" Powder /Velocity IMR-3031 748 BL-C(2) AA-2460 H335 TAC H4895 IMR-4895 Varget IMR-4064 AA-2520 IMR-4320 Viht N540 AA-2700 RE-15 H380 760 Viht N150 Viht N550 IMR-4350 IMR-4831 H4831 SC Energy/ft.lbs.O.3 38.3 34. 542 .9 37.6 41.5 39.8 39.1 43.0 1958 Powder Varget Viht N150 2200 34.8 35.L. 2349 2665 Sierra does not recommend MatchKing bullets for hunting applications.3 45.8 45.308" 200 gr.RELOADING MANUAL • 5TH EDITION 308 Winchester continued #2165 .3 48.8 41.5 41.3 38.1 41.1 36.7 34.6 40.7 44.9 36.0 38.3 34.8 37.L.4 42.2 42. SBT C.0 41.7 46.4 34.0 35.6 35.2 38.8 2300 36.7 36.8 38.0 40.8 2349 2400 37.0 39.8 41. INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD – USE CAUTION LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.5 42.800" #2230 .A.0 44.0 37.0 34.3 36.9 37.8 36.9 44.A.0 35.4 39. HPBT MatchKing C.4 40.8 38.308" 200 gr.3 39.4 2149 Grains 38.7 42.1 38.8 38.7 45.2 38.7 37.5 37.3 38.