Very slow to load for me will have to try later.
Started out sighting in 50yds with this Federal ammo in a Ruger SFAR 308 16.5, 1x8 Riton optic, Death Grip tripod. There are several reviews about this length not grouping well.
Looks good to me . I’ve seen a lot worse out of higher priced guns.
So I had 2 168 gr bullets, Hornady bthp and Sierra’s 168 gr hpbt and 2 powders CFE 223 and Varget. I made up 3 loads of 5 or 15 of CFE in the Hornady, 15 of Varget with Hornady. Then 15 Sierras in CFE and 15 with Varget. All cases are once fired Hornady and CCI 200 lg rifle. I also did not put the Federal ammo across the crony.
Then someone can’t count and didn’t have enough plates. Then I had to edit my pics when I noticed 2 averages the same for 2 different powder weights
Shows a sweet spot I feel. Same 50yds same tripod. I’m not a great shot and there is a lot of heart beat in those groups. This is my first time reloading 308 but it gives me something to work with.
About this Ruger, when sighting in I shot 3 shot groups and the 2nd and 3rd strings it failed to hold open on last round. Put some oil on the bcg and bolt and no more issues for another 12 rounds.
Yesterday we shot about 70 rounds just plinking as a friend had a Kel-tec bull pup in 308 and some 7.62x51 147 gr fmj nato rounds. The gun failed to load or pickup a round 1 time in that outting and oil on the bolt and bcg seemed to have worked.
Then today it failed to pickup a round during shooting and I just put oil on the under side of the bcg and it ran fine after that. So about 120 rounds in this gun, it has an adjustable gas block, 4 settings with 0 off being one. It is still on setting 3 as recommended till it gets past 200.
39.9. Of varget w/Nosler 165gr ballistic tips is what my bolt gun likes
I thing I learned way back in 1979, you cannot put too much oil on a BCG…it will also clean up faster if plenty of oil is used, CLP is my oil of choice.
I agree with your statements about oil on the bcg, had an Otis cable and patches, ran the cable, patch and oil through after every string of shots.
The heaviest wear on the bcg is the area dragging across the magazine and hammer. The bolt was really tight before I started using it and now it has worked in and I have kept it well oiled. Again only 120 shots through it.
There is not a lot of reviews on this rifle yet, some have had, so they say, a legitimate gripe. Gas key loosened up or a gas block loosened. Those are things I check any way when breaking in a new AR and they don’t take any time to check. The only one I have seen that was a factory problem was the gas block key didn’t work, no clicks and no change in settings. I checked mine it seems to work.
That’s about where I’m going with this, 39.7 Varget looks really good with sierras or Hornady.
On another note the Varget looks to run cleaner by the end of those strings of fire the patch was a med grey, while the CFE was much darker.
Anyone try AR-Comp? I used RL-17 for lever, break, and bolt guns, and Varget for autos for a long time until I went to AR Comp. Really operates the gas system cleanly and got tighter SD’s, better groups.
No haven’t tried that one but seems like I have seen it on the shelves here locally at one time. I’ll pickup some next time I do see it.
I was finding that the RL17 had a high velocity compared to it’s pressure, according to data. so the levers and my H&R break action, worked real well. (The H&R is a pretty weak extractor, weak action all together) But when running same loads in the AR308, way over pressure. Seems like a long slow pressure curve is not ideal. The Varget seemed to have a really tight window from not enough to too much, never happy with the ladders, used one or two other 308 powders, don’t remember off hand, maybe RL-15, 4895, BLc2, all good 308 powders, went to AR comp, for me big improvement in the AR308’s, 12.5" barrel carbine gas, and 18" mid gas. Meters nicely ladder had a lot of leeway. Operates the autoloader from 150’s to 180’s without a hiccup.
Slow burning powder??
I’m loading for bolt gun in .308 26" barell. Just got my Lapua brass and a lb of Varget, I also have some AR Plus and Win. 748 that I use for my .223 and 5.56. The only bullets I have at the moment are Berger 168 grain Hybred Targets. I saw some 185 grain Berger jugernauts at my local supplier and will pick up a box Saturday. Now all I need are some magnum primers. I do have a brick of CCI 200s to get started.
Any thaughts on Palme brass with CCI 41 primers?
I knew I had other info on powders for 308 but I can’t remember the source so won’t post the screenshot. It does have ar comp as well as IMR 4064, which I have not seen available the later mentioned. AR comp (in that screenshot) had a 41.5 powder charge for 168 hpbt and 44 gr for 147 gr fmjbt.
I’m not sure or familiar with this