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I picked up a box of Hornady Light Magnum .308 ammo in a trade, and I noticed the ballistic info printed on the side of the box. It listed the 150gr SST bullet at 3000 fps, which I thought was a bit optimistic. Well, I actually got to chrono some of the ammo yesterday out of my 22" Handi.

The first thing I noticed when I pulled the trigger was the recoil. This load really kicks like a mule. It was a lot worse than any 150-180gr Remington load I tried! When I looked at the chronograph, it was showing readings of 2963, 2955, and 2928. WOW! That's really impressive for a .308 in a 22" barrel.

I did notice some flattened primers, and two were slightly cratered. This surprises me in a factory load, but not necessarily a 150gr .308 at almost 3000fps.

Anyone else tried the ammo?
 

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Not in a handy but a BLR it was about 01 years ago or so & they had there interlock boat tail in them. Ran it over a guys croni at the range and got 3000 & a bit can't remember the exaxt # but it was 3000 & change.
Tried some 140s in 270 handi not good, 139 in 7-08 ok 1-1.5 in group
 

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I tried some 165 Hornady Light Magnum's in my 24" barrel 30 06 and they came up almost 100'fps.shy of the 3015 fps on the box. I can get that with IMR 4350 so I hav'nt shot the rest of them. Digger
 
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