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  1. Something this old sailor learned from the Marines is called "battle zero". This means that for the cartridge in use, a dead-on hold will result in a hit in the vital area of the intended prey throughout the range. For example, a 2600 fps/145gr FMJ round from a 16" Saiga with a 320 yard zero would hit 7.18" high at 175 yards and 7.37" low at 375 yards. Aiming at center mass, that zero would provide for a reliable hit in a 15" tall vital area up to 375 yards. It's called "battle zero" because in a firefight, a combatant doesn't have time to do math. I mention this as an alternative a
  2. I prefer the Lapua 170 and 150 FMJ's in the S308, just to minimize the potential for tip deformation. So far, a longer COAL than 2.80 appears to feed and shoot better. Here's my best group so far: Velocities: 2480 2487 2614 2529 2578 Rifle: S308 16 inch barrel (15% extra strength recoil spring from Brownell's) Gr Powder Bullet 44.0 Varget 170gr Lapua FMJ WInchester cases, new, full length resized. WLR primers. COAL: 2.83 Since then, I've experimented with 2.80 and 2.81 COAL with worse results. After eight months
  3. There's also this one: http://www.ammoengine.com/
  4. That depends on what type of hunting you plan to do and your personal vision preferences. For short range, a 4x or a 2x7 might be fine, or even a holographic tactical sight. Like many, you might even be better off with iron sights. For longer ranges, greater magnification might be called for. Tell the group more about what you want to hunt and where.
  5. RobRez; Awesome hunting, but please more info. What cartridge? What range? Thanks.
  6. Rhodes1968; I can appreciate firing 'laquer only' rounds and not having a problem. But, fire 15-20 Brown Bear followed by 15-20 Silver Bear. Failures to feed, or extraction problems have been extremely rare with my .308 until I did just that.
  7. One important note about the 'Bear' ammo. I recommend staying away from the laquer coated Brown Bear and stick to the Silver Bear. In my tests, there were several following failure to feed, failure to extract events after the initial Brown Bear laquer rounds were fired. Personally, I think laquer coated rounds gum up the feed ramp and chamber causing problems. My vote for the best/cheap .308 round is Tula, followed by Silver Bear and Radway Green. Prices before shipping: Silver Bear FMJ: $7.19/20 = $0.36 per round (CDT) Radway Green FMJ: $39.96/75 = $0.51 per round (AIM) Tula
  8. I've got five Pro-mag .308 mags and found them to be a great value. As with most polymer mags, the follower typically drags a bit on the sides of the mag until well polished by use. I decided a slight film of Moly paste on the sides of the follower would slick up the motion a bit. Carolina Shooters Supply has them is stock. Granted, first pick are the CSSspec metal mags, but at $28-$30 a pop, the Pro-mags work fine for me.
  9. A friend gave up some Brown Bear and Silver Bear .308 Win ammo for velocity testing. Here are the results.
  10. Al; The secret to mil-dots is an inexpensive little plastic calculator called "Mildot Master", around $30. When shooting in a terrain where the size of any object is known, it's easy to determine the range in mils, then accurately calculate windage and even shooting up and down inclines. Check it out.
  11. I vote for 22. I own a 16. You can't make a 16 longer. You can shorten a 22. Plain and simple. Judging by all the tactical .308/7.62 field weapons, 18-20 inches is the optimal length. I would prefer 18 myself.
  12. That's like asking if you're happy with an out-of-the-box jeep? Heck no. Spending thousands of dollars for a 'just right' weapon is for the 'can't do's'. Bigger tires, bigger wheels, lifts, a winch, custom top, nifty new stuff to personalize whatcha got. That's America.
  13. cw3sting

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    If you're going to reload for any semi, you will definitely need to do a full case resize. Man, I can't believe the gun show ammo deal. Sure a solid vote against reloads from unknown sources.
  14. Just a matter of personal preference, but I've never cared much for any reticle but mil-dot. BDC scopes are great for elevation when pared with a specific cartridge and the target is level, but mastering the mil-dot gives the hunter control over both windage and elevation. Regarding power, I agree with the range or 4 or 6 to 24. With longer range shooting, it's nice to zoom up to 24x for identification or to check behind the target for problems, but I'll drop back to 10x for the shot. On the scientific side, I'm still waiting for scope manufacturers to catch up with the digital age.
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