I don't doubt this question might have already been asked, or it's something "everybody knows," but does anyone know how to replicate a Federal Gold Medal Match 168 gr. Sierra boat tail .308 cartridge?
Obviously, it uses Sierra 168 gr. match boat tail bullets, but I don't know which powder is used (nor how much powder). what's the C.O.L.? I assume Federal primers are used too.
I ask because I've recently entered the .308 world with the purchase of a Savage 10 FCP-K bolt-action rifle. It's a cool rifle capable of long-range shots. I get the impression that 168 gr. bullets are prefered for .308 precision shooting, and Federal's ammo is highly praised. I actually found a store that had a few boxes of Federal's Gold Medal Match .308 ammo, but at ~ $26.00 per box I can't wait to load my own ammo one day .... if .308 brass ever appears again. Four boxes cost $112 with tax. Ouch!
In the meantime, I plan to break-in my barrel with cheaper 150 gr. ammo. Can that still reach out far accurately?