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THE HANDLOADING BENCH


308 Winchester Rides Again By Laurie Holland


THE HANDLOADING BENCH 308 Winchester Rides Again By Laurie Holland


In December’s issue, you may have read of the stunning scores posted in the F Class European Championship meeting at Bisley in November by F/TR competitors using .308 Winchester, so maybe this is a good time to have another look at the cartridge in its long-range role. Over the next two or three issues of Target Shooter I will attempt to up-date us, with a spate of recent developments – a stream that seems to flow ever more strongly with no sign of let up. I’ll report on my findings with Lapua ‘Palma’ small primer brass introduced just over a year ago and experiments with heavy (200-210gn) bullets, also trying some new powders including the new Alliant Reloader 17 wonder- product.


But first, here is an introduction to the new range of 308 Berger Hybrid models, no fewer than six of them covering 155 to 230gn weights. Berger Bullets has hardly been backward in producing new designs in the calibre over recent years, notably its stretched and high BC ‘Long Range’ tangent ogive BT models (BTLR for short), in particular the 155.5gn BT FULLBORE for Palma, Target Rifle and, if you look at who used what in the ‘Europeans’ F/TR top-ten, (see GBFCA website www.gbfclass.co.uk) plus 175, 185 (used by new F/TR European champion Stuart Anselm) and 210gn BTLRs.


There have also been some secant-ogive VLD additions from the company in 168, 185, 190 and 210gn weights, the last named used by four top-ten F/TR competitors in ‘The Europeans’. VLDs are old- hat though – enter the ‘Hybrid’ giving as good as, if not better, BC as the equivalent weight VLD, but with jump/seating-depth tolerance. It does this by using an exceptionally long, sharp secant-shape nose that turns into the more rounded and tolerant tangent form at the nose to bearing surface section joint.


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