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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-25-2012, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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.308 winchester help needed

I have a Remington 700 ADL in .308 winchester. I have tried many different handloads for it and cant seem to get any type of grouping. I have leupold rings and bases, a Nikon buckmaster bdc scope, and a stocky's hardwood laminate stock on it. I had the same problem with the factory synthetic stock. The barrel is 24 inches long if that helps. I am wanting to use 165 grain bullets in it. I don't know what the twist rate is, but according to a few different websites I found, it may have a 1:10 twist. Any ideas to make it better shooting inexpensively? I have replaced the stock and the scope...twice.
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Re: .308 winchester help needed

How deep are you setting the bullet back into the case? If I load for a new gun I leave the bullet out some with no primer or powder,shove it lightly into the chamber then tighten my die a little bit. Then write it down, and adjust as needed.
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Re: .308 winchester help needed

Is the barrel free-floated?
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Re: .308 winchester help needed

This shouldn't be that hard, considering all you've done with that gun. You could play with the loads some more, bullet depth, etc. You don't say what kind of groups you're getting or what you hope to get, but sometimes you get a bad one that just won't shoot. Maybe this isn't helpful but if it were me that one would be GONE.
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Re: .308 winchester help needed

Or it just doesn't like 165 grain bullets.

The problem is that I don't know what I don't know.
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Re: .308 winchester help needed

My groups range from 1.5-3.5 inches. Some worse when barrel gets hot. I will try some 150 grain pills. I just thought that all 308's ate 165's like candy. I will also check for free float. New stock and old stock are same as far as groupings so I figured it should be ok. Thanks I'll report back with any findings.
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Re: .308 winchester help needed

shoot 180's

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Re: .308 winchester help needed

What size groups are you looking for? My first guess would be it does not like 165gr bullets. Trigger pull, barrel float, muzzel crown, scope and stock fit are the order of accurizing. stock leangth and hight of your face to the line of sight. Try some factory loads to determine a starting point and then handload alot of options from there.
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Re: .308 winchester help needed

Also to find your twist, start a cleaning rod up the barrel, measure back 16" from back of action,and put a dot on top the rod push it slowly till the dot makes 1 full revalution, then re-measure, if your are at 6" then 1 in 10" is your twist rate.
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Re: .308 winchester help needed

Single most important thing is the trigger. Get it adjusted to 3 pounds, a little less if you are comfy with that. Factory triggers are just terrible for the most part. Just about any .308 is capable of being a tack driver, and most are tuned up to do just that.

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