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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cheaptrick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January/19/2017 at 02:58
Originally posted by jonoMT jonoMT wrote:

I had bad luck with some LC brass and realized it there was no way to know how many times it had been fired (since I bought it through an estate sale). Buy new brass (Lapua is fantastic). Every .308 I've ever loaded for, bolt or semi-auto, has thrived on Varget, CCI BR primers and 168-175 gr. bullets. I never load past 2.81". With proper, safe load development Varget can be taken up to mildly compressed loads. But you've got to watch for the signs relative to your rifle. You already know that, I realize...just can't say it often enough for those new to handloading.

My sentiments exactly. I'd also recommend a case gauge from here on out. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Wolf2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January/21/2017 at 21:27
Well because I'm out of Varget and the local cabelas either stopped selling it (which would be weird) or just out of stock. But there was a ton of CFE 223 so what the heck I bought a pound of it. Loaded some today with 46gr, 46.5, 47, and 47.7(idk why) which is .2 over max. I shot at 260 yards and they did not do as well as I was hoping. This was with 178gr hpbt, S/B primer, R-P brass. 46.5 was the best but even that group was just over MOA and with 1 fly opened to 5". 44 and 44.5 gr of Varget did better then that. 47.7 of cfe 223 on the first shot blew the primer right out and hard bolt lift with ejector mark. So I say to you THE MAX IS LEGIT. stop at 47.5. However I will continue to test with the CFE223 and 4064 I still have on hand. I will also test CFE223 with the 75gr hpbt. Please comment if you have any CFE223 experience. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lockjaw Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/29/2018 at 11:55
I shot it some with 165gr hornady lead tipped hunting bullets. I didn't keep the data because I ended up sending the rifle back to remington for work. They redid the crown and chamfered the barrel (700 AAC-SD) and my initial shooting with it last weekend will make me revist the loading once i get settled in house with new wife. 

I did see some promise out of it but believe it was in the lower end of the charge weights, if memory serves. I think it is a better choice for lighter bullets. My rifle was shooting 150 gr americal whitetail ammo under an inch at 100 yrds so... I might tinker with some 150ish grain bullets too and see what I get. 

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