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THE HANDLOADING BENCH


These are really high-BC designs bettering the previous class leaders as can be seen in Table 1 (at the end of this article). None have gone on sale here yet – I’m told we can expect the first deliveries of the 155, 168, 185, and 200gn models around now but we won’t see the 215 and 230gn models until sometime later in 2012.


308 Winchester Rides Again By Laurie Holland


The new 308 Hybrids. Left to right: 155, 168, 185, 200, 215, and 230gn models


However, Michelle Gallagher of Berger Bullets managed to supply me with a couple of examples of each of the sextet to let me have a look at them, measure them up, and crucially to compare the case- head to ogive lengths against existing BLTR bullets to see what sort of freebore you might need in your chamber if you’re replacing the barrel on your TR or F/TR rifle over the winter and want to know if any Hybrids will be suitable for your rifle.


Table 2 lists the bullets’ key dimensions, BCs and requisite twist rates. Table 1 compares them to equivalent existing designs including their ‘comparator COALs’, that is against the older 155.5gn, 185gn BTLR, and both 210gn models, the BTLR and


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VLD, in each case with the bullet seated at its optimal position in a .308 Win case before measurement.


Heavyweights


While the Hybrid form is the feature that catches most shooters’ attention, the other notable - perhaps even more significant - feature of the newcomers is their weights. Whilst the 155, 168 and 185gn models match existing designs, we have a new 200-grainer filling the 185-210gn gap in Berger’s range, whilst matching the two existing 210gn bullets’ BCs and we also get new 215 and 230gn heavyweights.


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