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  1. So I wanted to share a little information I have found so far in hand loading for my Saiga .308. I have a converted Saiga .308 with a 16" barrel. I use this information to load in bulk. I am much more exact with bolt guns or when making hunting/match loads. Always remeber to approach max loads cautiously as each gun is different. Start low and work your way up being mindful of pressure signs. Due to the short barrel and my love for Hodgdon Extreme powders, I decided to try Benchmark which is the same powder I use in reloading for my .223/5.56 AR's. Benchmark is an extruded powder cut very short which allows it to meter VERY well out of my RCBS powder meter. It is somewhat on the hot side being about the same as H335 or just a little slower than RL-10. I tried 3 different bullets. For service type rifles including my M1A and Saiga .308, I prefer 147-155 grain bullets to ensure flatter trajectories and optimal ballistic performance. Generally, I like to keep my muzzle velocities >2600 fps so for .30 cal bullets greater than 155 gr., I use a .300 win mag :-). I do not check velocities for each group during the ladder. I shoot several groups, increasing in powder until I find the highest accuracy node that does not show over pressure signs. I then shoot several groups of that load and chrony them. 1st ladder test results was with the 150gr Hornady FMJ-BT with cannelure. Case: Remmington (R P) trimmed to 2.005 Primer: CCI-200 Seated to Cannelure with crimp. Starting Grains 41 Max Tested 44.5 Results showed that 43-43.5gr gave most accurate results of 1-1.5 MOA at 100 yards Velocity from chrony gave 2610fps with SD 15fps from 43 gr. Benchmark 2nd ladder test was with 147 gr. Winchester FMJ-BT with cannelure. Case: Rem (R P) trimmed 2.005 Primer: CCI-200 Seated to cannelure with crimp Starting Grains 41 Max Tested 45 Results showed accuracy node at 44 grains giving 1.25-1.75 MOA at 100 yards Chrony results gave 2642fps with SD 23fps from 44gr Benchmark 3rd ladder test 150gr Hornady SP-BT with cannelure essentially the same as the 1st ladder test results with same trim, primers, seating ect. Best results found with 43 gr Benchmark giving 1.5 moa at 100 yards and velocity of 2590. This is my hog hunting load.
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