308 Win Load Development

Joec7651

Handloader
Apr 7, 2019
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The 150 gr BT is tougher than you think. I recovered this one from jug #5. MV 2740 fps.

JD338
JD you can’t ask for better performance from any bullet. Great expansion, 2/3 weight retention, and the core/jacket is intact.
 

TackDriver284

Handloader
Feb 13, 2016
1,722
373
The 150 gr BT is tougher than you think. I recovered this one from jug #5. MV 2740 fps.

JD338
That is incredible expansion and weight retention, its what I love about Ballistic Tips and Accubonds.
Thanks JD for water testing the 150's. I'll try some soon with H4895 or Varget.
 

ShadeTree

Handloader
Mar 6, 2017
2,602
825
You're right there JD. That should be a good combination for you for sure. I'd be perfectly happy with that speed out of an 06 if that's where it shot best. Good deal. (y)
 

ShadeTree

Handloader
Mar 6, 2017
2,602
825
IMR 4064 , they still make it yet😁. Looks like you’re on the right track.
Ha. Old powder for sure, but still a good one in numerous applications. I make sure I keep a full can on the shelf. Probably at one time was one of the most widely used powders, I'd guess Varget and the 4350's are more used today. I do like it with 150's in a 30-06.

It was the powder in my 22-250, nothing else quite produced the results it did.
 

SJB358

Ballistician
Dec 24, 2006
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As a rule, I don't use Magnum primers until charge weights are 60+ grains of powder.

JD338
That’s about my rule as well, unless it’s a ball powder. Then I’ll try a magnum primer to see if it changes much on group size.
 

JD338

Range Officer
Staff member
Nov 4, 2004
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I'm going to verify this load and call it a wrap.
150 gr BT 46.3 grs IMR4064 for an average MV 2863 ES 23 SD 11. One click West on the dial it's pretty much good to go. Field testing will start in July.

JD338
 

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DrMike

Ballistician
Nov 8, 2006
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I'm going to verify this load and call it a wrap.
150 gr BT 46.3 grs IMR4064 for an average MV 2863 ES 23 SD 11. One click West on the dial it's pretty much good to go. Field testing will start in July.

JD338
That should be a great load--accuracy and velocity! What more could you want?(y)
 

JD338

Range Officer
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Nov 4, 2004
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Thank you fellas. The speed and accuracy are more than adaquet for a woods rifle. Maybe at some point I'll get some 165 gr BT's and I ll work up a load but for now, I believe it good to go. I'm going to verify this load and also shoot it at 400, 600 and 800 yards.

JD338
 

jimbires

Handloader
Aug 16, 2011
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JD , I'm just curious , is the magazine long enough for the ammo to reach the lands , and feed from the magazine ?
 

RL338

Handloader
Mar 23, 2017
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The 150 gr BT is tougher than you think. I recovered this one from jug #5. MV 2740 fps.

JD338
Nice looking mushroom you have there.
A few years ago my brother picked up some 125gr BTs for his 30-06. I was a little nervous about them holding up on game. At 3200 fps they were little grenades when bone was hit. Overall he was happy with their performance.
 

Alex36

Beginner
Mar 29, 2022
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Thank you fellas. The speed and accuracy are more than adaquet for a woods rifle. Maybe at some point I'll get some 165 gr BT's and I ll work up a load but for now, I believe it good to go. I'm going to verify this load and also shoot it at 400, 600 and 800 yards.

JD338
I’ve always loved imr 4064, it’s one of the more stable old school imr powders. It’s always shot well and with good speed for me in 308 win
That 150 load you have know is spot on , good speed and accuracy. Tough bullet and stable powder. My nephew shoots the 165 bt in his 308 win pump It’s a varget load. Relatively mild just cause of the age of the rifle. I think hes around 2700. Shoots very well. He’s killed a lot of black tail bucks with that old pump and he’s only 30. Most of the kills pass throughs with that bullet. Good expansion though. His grand father gave him the gun. He’s got a 300 wm also but he uses that pump 308 for everything accept elk. Anyways just wanted to say looks like a picture perfect 308 load. Great work!
 

JD338

Range Officer
Staff member
Nov 4, 2004
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I’ve always loved imr 4064, it’s one of the more stable old school imr powders. It’s always shot well and with good speed for me in 308 win
That 150 load you have know is spot on , good speed and accuracy. Tough bullet and stable powder. My nephew shoots the 165 bt in his 308 win pump It’s a varget load. Relatively mild just cause of the age of the rifle. I think hes around 2700. Shoots very well. He’s killed a lot of black tail bucks with that old pump and he’s only 30. Most of the kills pass throughs with that bullet. Good expansion though. His grand father gave him the gun. He’s got a 300 wm also but he uses that pump 308 for everything accept elk. Anyways just wanted to say looks like a picture perfect 308 load. Great work!
Alex36,
Thanks for your input and welcome to the forum.
We are glad you are here.

JD338
 
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