130gr. TTSX in 308 Win.

RL338

Handloader
Mar 23, 2017
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Last week I dusted off my Vanguard 308 and put the Barnes to work. I had some odd headstamp Winchester brass a guy at work gave me awhile back. I had some W748 left in a bottle and put it to use. One thing I can tell you Barnes load data is off , it list W748 49.4grs to 54.9grs with Win. brass. 54.9 would be running over the top. I started at 49.5 was at 3060fps went up a 1/2 a grain til I hit 3139fps at 52grs. At 52 I was up the neck a ways , I stopped there. Tried them on paper and I’m set on this.
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Guy Miner

Master Loader
Apr 6, 2006
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Yup - I picked up a box of those 130 gr Barnes TTSX bullets a while back to try in my 308 and 30-06 handloads... :)

Looks like you got some excellent results.

Guy
 

RL338

Handloader
Mar 23, 2017
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This is the 3rd Barnes load I did with 10 round or less. With the 3 I put on paper equals 10 rounds. Barnes ammo they produce list a muzzle velocity of 3125fps , I’m there in the 3130’s. Seems easy until you realize you used 20% of the box in load workup. 😁
 

Guy Miner

Master Loader
Apr 6, 2006
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This is the 3rd Barnes load I did with 10 round or less. With the 3 I put on paper equals 10 rounds. Barnes ammo they produce list a muzzle velocity of 3125fps , I’m there in the 3130’s. Seems easy until you realize you used 20% of the box in load workup. 😁
'Ya, and then my luck, about the time I get a good load all worked up... I can't find any more of those bullets to try!

Guy
 

mkk

Beginner
Jan 6, 2018
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My daughter shoots that bullet out of her RAP
at around 2550, it’s a killer for sure
We use IMR 4895
 

Charlie-NY

Handloader
Mar 11, 2005
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It took me awhile to get the 130 TTSX bullets to shoot in a semi-custom .308 rifle but I had the bullets and kept on experimenting. Ultimately, I found a surprisingly accurate load which consistently shoots under .5moa at 400yds.
Lapua case
Fed 210M primer
46.5 Benchmark - 3,130 ft/sec

That load pole-axed an 8 pointer in NC @ just over 200yds IIRC. Buck was shot in the chest while walking towards me.
 

TackDriver284

Handloader
Feb 13, 2016
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At what minimum impact velocity would be ideal for those polycarbonate tips on solid copper bullets to mushroom fully?
I never tried them on jugs or on game before.
 

noslerpartition

Handloader
May 26, 2018
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I load the 130 gr TTSX for a friend in 308 win.
Accuracy is top and so far he didn't complain about what they did on game
I use Lovex D073.6. No idea if you have it on your side of the pond. But it delivers very good speed at reasonable pressure for multiple bullets.
I am getting close or above several 30-06 factory loads with that combo
 

Charlie-NY

Handloader
Mar 11, 2005
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At what minimum impact velocity would be ideal for those polycarbonate tips on solid copper bullets to mushroom fully?
I never tried them on jugs or on game before.
I believe that Barnes claims that expansion takes place down to 1,800 ft/sec but I know that different TSX bullets do have different minimum thresholds according to info provided by Barnes.

For my .308 launching the 130TTSX at 3,130 ft/sec, that would take me just past the 500yd line. Personally, I have rifles chambered for much more efficient cartridges that I'd be carrying if I planned on shooting farther than 400 yds or so.
 

Divernhunter

Handloader
Apr 1, 2009
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And the LRX bullets open at 1600FPS. The bullets for the 30-30 open up sooner yet said Barnes as I remember. I have the 30-30 bullets for my 308 pistol and think they will do well.
 

Charlie-NY

Handloader
Mar 11, 2005
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And the LRX bullets open at 1600FPS. The bullets for the 30-30 open up sooner yet said Barnes as I remember. I have the 30-30 bullets for my 308 pistol and think they will do well.

I believe that the lightest .308 LRX bullet is 175gr so the launce speed from a .308Win would be quite a bit slower.
 

Divernhunter

Handloader
Apr 1, 2009
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I was speaking of all the different LRX bullets. I would never use a Barnes bullet that was more than 150gr in a 308win. I prefer the 130gr TTSX
 

RL338

Handloader
Mar 23, 2017
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I liked what I saw with the 130s so I bought 250 each of the 130 and 150 grain TTSXs that were pulled. We’ll see how the stack up to fresh ones.
 

xphunter

Beginner
Sep 15, 2005
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And the LRX bullets open at 1600FPS. The bullets for the 30-30 open up sooner yet said Barnes as I remember. I have the 30-30 bullets for my 308 pistol and think they will do well.
Please tell me more about your 308 pistol. Is the chambering 308 Winchester?
 

Divernhunter

Handloader
Apr 1, 2009
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Yes it is a T/C Encore pistol with a 15" barrel. I had it drilled for the rifle forearm and can also use a Harris Bipod on it. It has the T/C muzzle brake on it. That make a total length of 16 and 1/8" for the barrel. It shoots well. I have barrels for it in 223/257R(a sweet combo)/308win and 454Casull. I would like to find a 338Fed barrel for it using the normal T/C hanging system
 
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