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Thread: .308 Win and Hodgdon Benchmark

  1. #1
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    .308 Win and Hodgdon Benchmark

    What kind of results are you guys having with Benchmark and 165 gr bullets in the .308 Win.?

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    To fast

    You need to move to a powder with a burn rate of Varget.

    As a matter of fact Varget is most perfect for the .308 and 165's

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    I use 42.6 grs with mollied 168 SMKs with excellent accuracy, better than Varget in my rifle.

    Tom

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    308 Load

    I use 45g Varget 165g Sierra #2140 Rem91/2 primer and tune by seating depth. Work your way up to this one as it works in my rifle but may be too hot for yours.

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    Well the load data shows that a max charge of varget and a max charge of benchmark is only 120 or fps difference in velocity with a 165 grain projectile. I have a new rifle and am trying new powders. A friend gave me a pound of benchmark and says that his rifle (also a .308) loves it with all weights up to 175 grains. He also says that the recoil is more of just a push than a punch. Varget definitely has the punch. So I appreciate all feedback from those who have used benchmark.

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    i have good results with my 308 using benchmark and 155 amaxs .i load mine a little hotter than what the manual says with no preasure signs in my rifle.the other 308 i used to have liked benchmark and 150 sierra bthp loaded just under max.

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    Wink

    Don't need to move try 36.6gr HBM and work up as desired.

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    308

    Varget....RE15...BLC2...H4895

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