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Topic: 308 for Elk
Posted By: ssf467
Subject: 308 for Elk
Date Posted: February/17/2008 at 11:10
I've killed a few Elk with a 308, any ideas on a good load? I've used 180 gr factory loads.

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Posted By: pyro6999
Date Posted: February/17/2008 at 11:41
imr 4895 or imr 4064 usually work in any .308 based case

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Posted By: lucytuma
Date Posted: February/17/2008 at 12:04
I think your both on the right track , as far as powder and bullet selection are concerned.  I'm going to receive some flack for this, but I believe you could also look at a well constructed 165gr. bullet also.

Posted By: pyro6999
Date Posted: February/17/2008 at 12:08
i wont disagree with you on that in fact i always used 150gr bullets in my 30-06 for elk

They call me "Boots"
375H&H Mag: Yeah, it kills stuff "extra dead"

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Posted By: tahqua
Date Posted: February/17/2008 at 12:19
I prefer the 4895 and 4064, too.  I load the Sierra Game Kings in 165 and 180 grain, but I don't hunt elk,  though the .308 is a solid choice for most big game IMO.
Presently most of my brass is Federal and Remington. I wouldn't use all the 7.62 brass I have for hunting. The Federal 210 primers are working real well and I don't know if a different one would make that much difference for hunting.

Good luck

Posted By: RifleDude
Date Posted: February/17/2008 at 12:44
Try using between 42.0 - 45.0 gr. 4064 behind a good, stoutly constructed 165 grain bullet.  Start with 42 gr charge and work your way up gradually in 1/2 grain increments, checking for signs of pressure and select the charge that groups best in your rifle.  Once you do that, play with seating depth from about 0.020" off the lands (if your magazine box length will permit), gradually seating deeper in 0.005" increments until you find the "sweet spot" for your rifle.  Then, go shoot an elk!Smile


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Posted By: publius
Date Posted: July/24/2008 at 20:04
165gr. Barnes X if your gun shoots it well. If not a 180gr. Nosler Partition.

Posted By: Sgt. D
Date Posted: August/07/2008 at 11:38
This may be better posted in the firearms thread but since you are talking 308 I wanted to tap your experience. Years ago I customized a enfield 308 by fitting it in a silhouette bench stock and after market scope mount. The job went well and it looked good, BUT! the thing would stomp the      out of you. It was accurate for what it was but simply no fun to shoot. I wasn't loading for 308 so factory ammo was my only option and 150 gr. was what was available at the time. My question is with your newer set up and better choice of ammo do you see significant change in recoil from a 150 gr round to a 165 or 180? I know you see a noticeable increase, but does it get to the point that 5 or 6 rounds and your done? I've shot 7 mag and 300 win mag that are a breeze and nothing compared to that enfield. The remark " kills on both ends" wasn't far off. Crutch

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Posted By: RONK
Date Posted: August/07/2008 at 14:10

 I've always been fascinated by how some rifles are sweet to shoot while others in the same chambering, same load, etc. will pound the heck out of you.

I'm sure most of it is a matter of stock fit and balance, but I'm equally sure that there are other factors at play that nobody's thought of yet!

 As far as loads go, I would work up any decent hunting bullet in the 165 or 180 class, preferably a premium grade bullet if you lean toward the lighter weights.

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