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Anybody ever get any good results with 150-grain Hornady FMJs?


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4 hours ago, FOGeologist said:

That is quite impressive! What powder?

My powder for those five shots was imr 4895 42.8 gr.  Can’t remember the primer.  Either CCI 34 or Fed Champ LP.  But I’ve never shot dPete’s type of powder and certainly have never yet achieved 1moa with any of my barrels.  Still trying to find a magic recipe

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2 hours ago, DustBuster said:

My powder for those five shots was imr 4895 42.8 gr.  Can’t remember the primer.  Either CCI 34 or Fed Champ LP.  But I’ve never shot dPete’s type of powder and certainly have never yet achieved 1moa with any of my barrels.  Still trying to find a magic recipe

It certainly looks like a 1.5 MOA group if nothing else. Only you can tell us if you have the skills to bring about a sub MOA group to anything you shoot. I certainly used to be able to do it, although with my advancing age and lack of practice, it's not something I could guarantee I could pull off like I did routinely when I was in my forties.

It looks to me like you're pretty durned close. I think you've got something to be proud of here; IMHO these AR-10s are nowhere near as inherently accurate as many AR-15s, which, in the right hands and with the right loads, could (and routinely do) shoot MOA or less. Not meaning to state that NO AR-308 is capable of such accuracy, as I have seen a bunch of AR-308 folks shoot less than MOA with their rifles.

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3 hours ago, dpete said:

With LC brass, 8208 XBR powder, CCI LRP and the 150 Hornady FMJ bullets, I was getting close to MOA accuracy with my handloads. 

Thanks for introducing me to a new component that I haven't yet heard of - 8208 XBR is a powder that hadn't been invented back in the 1830s when I started reloading my own cartridges. Looks like pretty good stuff. Certainly an option for the other 2000 powders that could work in its place, if only any 1-2 of them were ever in stock.

Seriously, folks, do people now just go to Sportsman's Warehouse 46 times per week and literally buy every last component that arrives on the shelves or something? No primers, 1 out of 97 powders available (and invariably it's a shotgun powder), a selection of 50-some-odd 90-grain .455 caliber slugs made of tantalum or grass-fed butter, some arrowheads made of carbon-fibre and spun silk ($12.26 each), and 34 sleeping bags from a Moldovan manufacturer.

Getting so friggin' sick of struggling to find basic stuff!

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  • 3 months later...

I know this is a older thread but will add my experience with the Hornady FMJ BTHP with cann 3037.  For the money in my opinion it's very good range ammo, I was able to shoot sub-moa at 100 yards with BLC2.  I've ran them out to 800 yards on steel  with better than expected results, at 600 yards on paper guessing 1.5 moa that's not to shabby for a plinker type bullet.  I'm shooting a very conservative load @ 2600 mv,  I'm in the process of increasing my mv right now have switched to LC brass and W748 have been getting better results haven't set my lab radar up yet so I have no idea where I'm at on my mv.  I will continue to buy the Hornady 150 but also look forward to shooting a little heavier bullet 168 and 175 maybe to bring those groups in at 600.  

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