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Nick Cage

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Bulk .308 reloading
« on: July 07, 2011, 11:24:47 am »
So I finally got my Broadsword (review to come soon) and its a hoot to shoot.
Now I just need to be able to afford it.

SMKs and A-Max rounds are great for printing nice groups waaaay out there, and I shot some last weekend with good results but I am looking to get more trigger time on this thing!

To that end I found this: http://www.rvow.com/m2%20ball%20bullets.htm pulled 150gr 30-06 bullets at about $200 / 4000.

So... before I go drop some coin on that what do yall think is that an acceptable practice bullet? Or is it no good for a .308?

Also how much powder am I gonna need to reload all 4000 bullets? (I figured out how many primers I'll need all by my self haha)

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    Re: Bulk .308 reloading
    « Reply #1 on: July 07, 2011, 11:36:24 am »
    Seems like a good price to me.

    I'd shoot them.  .308 Win and .30-06 Spfld cab use the exact same bullets.  What weight any particular rifle prefers is the determinant.

    For powder, it depends on what powder and how many grains you intend to use per round.

    Example - 45.0 grains of IMR 4895 is a mid-range load per Hodgdon.

    That equates to 155.56 loads per pound (assuming no spillage, and exact volume every shell).

    25.7 pounds, so, you'd need to buy 26.

    Pick a different powder, a different quantity per shell, and do the math.

    7000/(grains per load) = loads per pound

    4000/(loads per pound) = amount of powder needed
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    Just out of curiosity, do you already have that much brass, or will you be reloading as you shoot what you already have?


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    Re: Bulk .308 reloading
    « Reply #2 on: July 07, 2011, 12:17:27 pm »

    Just out of curiosity, do you already have that much brass, or will you be reloading as you shoot what you already have?

    I have about 1000 cases +/- I also have friends with .308s that give me once fired brass since they don't reload, so my stockpile is increasing.

    Thanks for the math, I think I'd got the 7000 grains / lb before but it had slipped my mind.

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    Re: Bulk .308 reloading
    « Reply #3 on: July 07, 2011, 08:13:25 pm »
    Two cautions before you jump in whole hog on this:

    1.  Watch foe bedan primed brass, it's a decapping pin killer.

    2.  Match your powder to your primers, some powders prefer magnum, some standard.
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    Re: Bulk .308 reloading
    « Reply #4 on: July 08, 2011, 11:03:31 am »
    Two cautions before you jump in whole hog on this:

    1.  Watch foe bedan primed brass, it's a decapping pin killer.

    2.  Match your powder to your primers, some powders prefer magnum, some standard.


    I keep a flashlight next to my press and check all the cases before decapping, I still have some berdan buggers sneak through.
    I have between 5 and 600 cases decapped sitting in a box waiting to go through the tumbler with about 200ish in a bucket all cleaned and ready.
    And I've got a 1/2 gallon plastic icecream container full of brass to decap and size.

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    Re: Bulk .308 reloading
    « Reply #5 on: July 08, 2011, 12:40:31 pm »
    I'd say those bullets are good, buuuut... I don't think that guy is in business anymore.  I am pretty sure that I came across the same page a couple of years ago and although the phone rang, no one ever picked up.  I see the page was last updated 2005 which adds to my suspicions.

    I did get a bunch of pulled 308 Israeli 147 grain machine gun bullets once, and they have worked well for me.  Probably not match grade or anything, but certainly seem fine for blasting use and 3-gun matches.  The Brassman (brassmanbrass.com) had them the last time I bought components for I want to say about 15 cents each.  I load them up for my 308s and also shoot them in my M1.

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    Re: Bulk .308 reloading
    « Reply #6 on: July 08, 2011, 08:43:52 pm »
    polygunbag.com has 147gr M80 bi-metal ball tips in like new condition for .13/ea in 500 count quantities, or .125 in lots of 1000.  Or .14 and .135 if just copper jacketed (no bi-metal).  They look like they're boat-tail bullets.

    For flat-based 150gr bullets, they're .15/ea in lots of 500.  Basically the same bullets as in your original posting, but 3 times as expensive.
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