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    Subsonic 308 project

    Hey everyone!
    I've been on a bit of a journey to create a subsonic load for my 308 Bushpig.
    Mainly to protect the hearing of my indicating dog.
    It's been a heap of fun with some great learning along the way.

    I've made a series of videos from load development to hunting various species.
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...iZXGwajUZ62Z9l

    I hope you enjoy!

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    I have just been given a nice Remington 788 in 308 so will watch the series with interest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by viper View Post
    I have just been given a nice Remington 788 in 308 so will watch the series with interest.
    You would be a lucky bugger, those 788's are usually very good shooters. Had one in 222 many years back when I started culling goats and it was a tack driver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clubbie View Post
    Hey everyone!
    I've been on a bit of a journey to create a subsonic load for my 308 Bushpig.
    Mainly to protect the hearing of my indicating dog.
    It's been a heap of fun with some great learning along the way.

    I've made a series of videos from load development to hunting various species.
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...iZXGwajUZ62Z9l

    I hope you enjoy!
    Great videos !

    What is the barrel length and twist rate of your rifle - .308 subsonic ?

    Thanks
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    I'm thinking of attempting to do similar with a Baikal in 7.62x39. Need to equip the loading bench first. Also, loving the vids dude.
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    @Clubbie, just watched them all, awesome mate and I picked up some useful info. Cheers and keep making the odd video .
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    I use 7mm-08 subsonics and I've had a play with .308 too. Really fun to shoot.

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    Have you managed to recover a projectile. I haves seen any recovered 200 grain subs from @shooternz. I have a bunch but thinking of trying some 194 Lehighs out as a premium subsonic round for bigger game.
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    I have a box of Belmont 220gr subs in .308 keen to try them for goats any thing I should worry about? rifle is 1:8 twist
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparrow View Post
    I have a box of Belmont 220gr subs in .308 keen to try them for goats any thing I should worry about? rifle is 1:8 twist
    I think you'll be fine. They will probably exit, but they'll still expand.
    Pay attention to shot placement. Goats will absolutely be no problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiinSeattle View Post
    Great videos !

    What is the barrel length and twist rate of your rifle - .308 subsonic ?

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    Thanks for your support!
    The twist is 1:12 (so I'm rapt these short heavy projectiles stabilise)
    The barrel is 15"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stocky View Post
    Have you managed to recover a projectile. I haves seen any recovered 200 grain subs from @shooternz. I have a bunch but thinking of trying some 194 Lehighs out as a premium subsonic round for bigger game.
    Not yet, they've all exited. TBH I'd be inclined to go Lehigh for big game...but on the other hand, if it's your bush gun you're shooting them at very close range anyway.
    I'm yet to have the opportunity with a red at close range with this rifle.
    So you have the $3 vs 40c debate, but also the ethics of a clean kill, so I'm looking forward to seeing what they do to answer the ethics question.

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    Yeh @Clubbie. But the cost of developing a load for the Lehigh I'd say is at least $60 of projectiles. Plus the casts I have I'd happily shoot a hare or rabbit for a feed while hunting which is likely the most common use id have for the subs. My "bush gun" took a chammy at 420 a few weeks ago before I came to aus. It's pretty similar a 308 Single shot. But I have the 1 in 8 twist so should stabilise the Lehighs. Expensive exercise though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stocky View Post
    Yeh @Clubbie. But the cost of developing a load for the Lehigh I'd say is at least $60 of projectiles. Plus the casts I have I'd happily shoot a hare or rabbit for a feed while hunting which is likely the most common use id have for the subs. My "bush gun" took a chammy at 420 a few weeks ago before I came to aus. It's pretty similar a 308 Single shot. But I have the 1 in 8 twist so should stabilise the Lehighs. Expensive exercise though!

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    Yep, I hear ya! Reloading can get pretty addictive (and expensive as you tune the load). I agree with the shooting of other stuff with the casts too - I'm not even slightly worried about shooting a goat, or a hare or a rabbit, because it's not a fancy $3 projectile.
    Then again, $3 for a feed is still cheap as chips too

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    Great videos. Thanks for your time in putting it all together.
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