Took the LR308 to the range again last night to fire some loads I’d prepped. I need a
better different rear rest for shooting at Red’s I’ve decided as my setup is not quite the right height to get as comfortable of a shot as I’d like when shooting at parts of the target. Ah the little things.
On to the pics and write up… Shot 3 shot groups of different Varget loads ranging from 42.0-45.5 and some factory Zombie Max rounds as well for testing. The Zombie Max rounds are actually 168gr Hornady Match Grade A-Max rounds that this rifle loves so I’ll always have a round I can feed through it but handloads are cheaper and eventually will be dialed in to be more accurate.
Found that it liked the 42gr range a lot, as the pictures below will show, so I’m going to experiment with some .1gr increments around 41.8-42.8 to see if I can find a sweet spot down there. This picture is NOT my group but shows a 41.7gr varget load with same bullet as me that is grouping nicely.
Thought 44gr would be the sweet spot (it may well eventually be) as I’d seen tons of load info with that but for now I’ll dabble a little lower.
Not all of the orange dots below are 1 inch dots. I used some 2inch and maybe even some 3 inch ones as well.
How I measured:
Zero’d my calipers at .308 by using one of my A-Max Bullets:
That would allow me to measure the groups edge to edge and automatically take out .308 so it registers as measuring center to center. No excuses! but I’ll be interested to see how well some of these loads group after i get a better rear rest setup or go to a different range where I’m more comfortable on the bench with my current gear.
All loads were identical except for the amount of powder. Used brass from Hornady Match Ammo, 168gr A-Max bullet, CCI #34 primers and all were crimped using the Lee crimping die.
42gr of Varget
42.5gr of Varget
43.5gr of Varget
44gr of Varget
45.5 of Varget
Factory 168gr Hornady Match Ammo aka ZOMBIE MAX!
7 rapid fire shots of the Zombie Max