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    308 factory ammo recommendations

    HI Guys
    well got my Rem 788 rifle back with nice 30 cal DPT suppressor all fitted.
    Next step is some ammo.

    I never use centre fire so a bit out of touch. It's a very occasional Deer rifle for both Reds and Fallow.
    308 cal, just wondering what factory ammo you guys would recommend to do the job.

    Cheers Viper

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    Factory 150g, either Hornady Whitetail or Federal Blue box. Both accurate enough from my Rem 700, and good performance on deer.
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    Fed blue box 150gr always used to work well for me....if going to a tipped projectile like SST or similar I would go up to at least 165gr to retain decent penitration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veitnamcam View Post
    Fed blue box 150gr always used to work well for me....if going to a tipped projectile like SST or similar I would go up to at least 165gr to retain decent penitration.

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    Yip someone does the 165 Nosler Balistic Tips in a factory round.
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    Federal blue box is great, usually pretty accurate in my experience in all calibers and certainly good in 308, pretty excellent value. Federal Fusion is great too as is the cheapest factory ammo with control expansion bullets, might have an advantage if up close and personal with red stags. But the blue box should do most of your situations (i'm assuming Central Otago fallow and open country reds?). In my old 270 I used blue box and fusion interchangeably as they printed at the same point on the 100m target, you might get lucky and get the same in your 308.

    If you are not happy with accuracy of federal, try the Hornady whitetail, or Remington Corelokt. The Corelokt is an excellent bullet.

    From there you are getting into more expensive stuff with flash harry bullets, which may have an ever so slight advantage if you are shooting at longer ranges. But to my way of thinking at that point you would be better off reloading or getting custom reloads done up for you.
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    I've tried most $40-$50 boxes of factory ammo in 150g. Both Federal powershock and American Whitetail shoot pretty well for me. Winchester were average. I've stuck with the whitetail as I chronographed these and I find the Hornady app easier to use for dialling in MOA. I'm running a Howa 308 with DPT can.

    Hope this helps bud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibo View Post
    Yip someone does the 165 Nosler Balistic Tips in a factory round.
    They are the business , though I load my own .
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    Thanks Guys
    sounds like Fed blue box , whitetail or the good old corelocks will do the job nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boaraxa View Post
    They are the business , though I load my own .
    Same brutal things

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    I like the Belmont 150gr with the hornady soft point. $115 for 100 rounds
    .308 WIN 150gr Soft Point (Hornady Projectile) – 100 rounds – Belmont Ammunition

    or $35 for a box of 20. I dont even bother reloading anymore. shoots 5 shots 1moa in my Zastava.
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    +1 for Belmont 150s. One hole groups at 50m.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nugget connaisseur View Post
    I like the Belmont 150gr with the hornady soft point. $115 for 100 rounds
    .308 WIN 150gr Soft Point (Hornady Projectile) – 100 rounds – Belmont Ammunition

    or $35 for a box of 20. I dont even bother reloading anymore. shoots 5 shots 1moa in my Zastava.
    This could be an awesome option, uses the same projectile as the Hornady whitetail (Hornady 150gr SP). I (and many others) use this projectile as a good cheap option when handloading. If it shoots well in your rifle then you wont beat it for value and you'll get pretty good performance on game.

    I just know that Fed blue box will almost always shoots well - assuming the barrel is good and the gunsmithing work for the suppressor was done correctly.
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    Yeah, you are frankly overwhelmed with choice for the good old .308.
    When I did use factory ammo I used Remmie 150gn flying bricks (corelocts) or the more aerodynamic Hornady 150gn SSTs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dogmatix View Post
    Yeah, you are frankly overwhelmed with choice for the good old .308.
    When I did use factory ammo I used Remmie 150gn flying bricks (corelocts) or the more aerodynamic Hornady 150gn SSTs.
    Yup, there is so much choice!
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    @veitnamcam and @Gibo what length barrel you running the 165BT out of? I run the 150gr BT in the 16" to good effect, curious about trying something heavier....

 

 

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