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Just bought my new PBR and am going to start the reloading process. My dad has been reloading for his 22-250 and our handguns, but never .308. Any words of wisdom on starting points?

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EX_CATM said:
Just bought my new PBR and am going to start the reloading process. My dad has been reloading for his 22-250 and our handguns, but never .308. Any words of wisdom on starting points?

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Too many variables.

Research, research, research.

Suggest that you contact the powder manufacture (once you decide on a powder) for load data.

Most if not all powder manufacturers have a ballistics technician on the payroll that will answer your questions concerning THEIR powder. There is tons of data out there for .308s.

Try here: http://ammoguide.com/cgi-bin/ai.cgi?sn=LWMHEHseEa&catid=92

Its a good starting point.
 

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read the ABC's of Reloading by Bill Chevalier, and then buy a bunch of reloading manuals. I too am just starting to reload, right now i'm just acquiring tools and components so i can begin soon
 

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horse9640 is correct! the hornady book is good, be sure to read the first part of the book not just the load tables. :shock:
 

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Wow. No help what so ever Huh? I'm new here but most folks would at least give a favorite power for theirs and maybe a low starting load. I've just reloaded some for my new 20" PBR but haven't made it to the range yet. I researched it and loaded some with three different powders. Vargant, RL15, and IMR 4895. These should three good choices. I hope to get to the range this Thursday or Friday. I'll let you know more then.
 

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One heavy hitter of info that could help isn't here. Maybe he'll tune in.

Reloading is a trial and fine tuning. Every gun is different.

You need to look at what range you shooting, bullet weight, finding a powder that works the best for the range, bullet weight, and barrel length.

Again trial and error to find what works the best for your rifle.

I understand you are asking this queston to get a "base line" to start off with.

Wish I could help, haven't reloaded rifle cal's yet.
 

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You can check the FNAR forum right below the bolt action forum.
lots of reload data for 7.62. Same length, and rifling, but the fnar has a chrome lined bore.

My best load data - Hornady ammo! (fly tying already takes up the space i would use for reloading...)

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My PBR likes SMK 168 gr and 40.5 gr of VARGET. But recommending a reload is like telling a guy if blondes, brunettes or redheads are better. Each rifle has its own likes and dislikes and you can't "force" a reload to perform well in it.

In other words, the answer to "what reload for my PBR" is a silly question. The rifle will like what the rifle likes.
 

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http://www.6mmbr.com/308Win.html

This link has a lot of information, including the Sierra load map as a .pdf. I am using 41.5 of IMR 4064 and 168 SMK in a 20" PBR, with good results.

I am a beginning reloader, though a long-time shooter. I just wish I started reloading earlier. I don't think I save any money (LOL), but I do get much better ammunition than I can purchase for the same money. It has given a whole new dimension to shooting.
 
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