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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-13-2007, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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Default 308- 150 vs 180 grains

I will be hunting whitetails at 100 to 300 yards maximum

What bullet weight should I consider ? 150 vs 180 I would like to stick with one weight



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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-13-2007, 06:17 PM
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Default Re: 308- 150 vs 180 grains

Where will you be hunting? Smaller deer - 150, larger - 180. At closer range 180 might punch through without expanding. At longer range 150 might not penetrate enough and expand too quickly. Maybe 165's might be better. Also depends on brand, type bullet, etc.
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All I use for my 308 is 150 grain for whitetail. A heavier bullet is not needed for deer. The 150 has less recoil, flatter trajectory less expense when buying in bulk, less weight to carry and many bullet type options. I have recently purchased a 1000 pack of Bronze points, Corelokt and fmj's, all 150 grain and they all work well for me.

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Default Re: 308- 150 vs 180 grains

I split the difference and went with 165's for the .308. Also use them in the .30-06.

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Hmmm I second the 165 Grn bullets.
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I use 165s in both my 308 and 7.5x55 Swiss. All deer killed with both rifle have been one shot kills. All those 165s made two holes, So I have never recovered a bullet!

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Like most have said,I like the 165gr bullet best and they have done great in my 308 & 30-06 Now I have used the 150gr nosler partition in both with no complaints,in fact they are my 308s favorite bullet,although not needed in it they sure shoot fine and do well on deer.

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The 165s would be a good place to start. I would try all 3 & use what your gun likes
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post #9 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-13-2007, 11:41 PM
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Default Re: 308- 150 vs 180 grains

The nice thing is that alot of bullet weights work with the 308 if, as stated before it is the right type of bullet. I prefer different weight bullets in 30 cal, depending on case capacity & twist. In 300WM, I like 180-200gr, may load up some 168gr for my Son & an upcoming Antelope hunt, but that is an exception to the rule. 30-06, I usually use 165-180 gr & in my Contender 30-30AI, 150's.

I recently traded for a M700VS in 308 & I am looking at using 168-175MK & 168/178A-Max for Targets & 165 BT/Acc. & 168BST for hunting. Like most here, I believe these are the best weights for a balance of vel./energy/accuracy/wind bucking with the modest,
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post #10 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-14-2007, 03:50 PM
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I use Sierra 165s for deer & antelope. Super accurate in my old 788 Rem. Federal premium, off the shelf or my reloads with Varget get small groups.
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