.308 Lover Posted May 30, 2015 Report Share Posted May 30, 2015 Hi, folks. I'm 64 years old and have been reloading since 1972. I was into handguns or a long time, mostly .44 magnums, but lately my tastes have switched more to rifles, mainly in .308 caliber. I currently own six .308 rifles, four semi-auto's, one Browning BLR and a Remington VSS (Varmint Special Synthetic). Lately I have been shooting my Browning BLR, which I have accurized. It shoots really well now. I took off the 2X7 Burris mini-scope and put on a Shepherd P2 range-finding scope, the "Varmint" model in 6X18 just to shoot groups. It will go 3 shots in less than a half inch (and occasionally 5 shots too, if I do my part). The best load so far is 46.5 gr. (or 46 gr. of Varget) with 165 gr. Sierra "Game King" bullets. Velocity with the 46.5 gr. load in my 20" barrel is 2732 fps. The rest of the recipe for this load is WW cases and CCI 200 primers. Over-all length I keep to 2.80 inches to work in any of my rifles that has a magazine. This is not a maximum load in the BLR, but it is getting close with this powder. All of the .308 bullets I shoot are moly-coated. I will mention this in any load I put on this forum because moly-coated bullets can handle more powder (and give you more velocity and less barrel cleaning) than non-coated bullets. I know some people like the moly coating and some don't. I have used the spray moly and the powder and they are a little different. The powder is harder to apply but cleans easily. I haven't cleaned my barrel from shooting the BLR with the spray moly yet and I have about 100 rounds through it now. I hear that stuff is hard to clean out. Fortunately, that doesn't have to be done too often. Out of guilt, I cleaned my DPMS .308 LR after 150 rounds after using the powdered moly, but it really wasn't necessary yet. I also have been interested in trying the LeveRevolution powder in the .308. I have searched the web but I can find no evidence of anyone trying this powder in this caliber, though I may be wrong about this. I have tried this powder in the .308. As there is no loading data for this powder and the manufacturer does not recommend this powder for the .308, I had to come up with a place to start on my own. Looking in the 2013 Hodgdon "Annual Manual" at all the calibers for which this powder is used, I noticed that the max load for LeveRevolution powder is over 2 grains higher than the max load for Varget powder. So, as I am shooting 46.5 gr. of Varget with the moly-coated 165 Game King in my Browning BLR, I came up with what I thought should be a safe starting load of this bullet with 48 gr. of LeveRevolution. That worked so I have worked up to 48.8 gr. in Federal cases with Remington 9 1/2 magnum primers. Velocity with the 48.8 gr. of LeveRevolution powder is an average of 2859 fps from a 20" barrel. I think that is pretty amazing as velocity should be at least 100 fps more from a 24" barrel. This load puts a very small "crater" around the firing pin mark in my primer. In my Browning BLR this pretty much signifies a max load. I can barely feel the edge of the "crater" with my fingernail and it is barely visible unless you turn the primer to a 45 degree angle. Next is to get the DPMS .308 LR, 24" stainless fluted barrel out and work on the 125 gr. Noslers and the IMI 147 gr. FMJ's. My load of 44.8 gr. of Varget in Remington brass with a moly-coated (powder) Sierra MK 168 gr. bullet gives me 2722 fps in my Remington VSS and groups under 1/2" for five shots (.484 as near as I can measure it). This load shoots the same sized groups in my DPMS rifle, but I haven't clocked the load in that rifle. I put a Chip McCormick trigger in the DPMS rifle. It is non-adjustable and gives a 3 1/2 lb. pull. I have the single stage straight trigger. The factory trigger pull was 10 1/2 to over 11 lbs. Not good. On this rifle sits a Vari-X III Leopold 4 1/2 to 14X 30 mm tube and 50 mm objective with a Boone and Crockett reticle. The Remington VSS has a Shepherd 3.5 to 10.5 P2 scope on it, set from the factory for the Sierra 168 MK at 2700 fps. I really like the Shepherd scopes. No dots to count, no math to do. Just put the 18" range-finding circle on a deer from the top of his leg to the top of his back and shoot. If one circle is too big use the next smaller circle. If one circle is too big and the next circle is too small then hold between the circles and shoot. All you have to worry about is wind, which can be a problem at longer ranges. I'm especially interested in hearing if anyone else has tried the LeveRevolution powder in the .308. Remember, my loads are with moly-coated bullets with which you can use more powder than with non-coated bullets and that you use any internet loads (and really any loads at all) at your own risk. Always start lower with any load you see and try to verify the validity of any internet load with loading manuals from powder and bullet manufacturers. I'm glad to be here and I hope to make you folks happy to have me. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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