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Rem 783 .308 ammo question

Old 10-07-2014, 06:48 PM
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I bought a new Rem 783, .308 w/ 22in barrel and 10" barrel twist. I'm wanting to find a bigger bullet for my elk hunting, anyone else try a 180gr through this gun yet? I've read alot about 160gr bullets but already shooting that through my 700 .308. Any help will be appreciated.
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Old 10-08-2014, 06:00 AM
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The only way you'll know for sure is to try the 180 gr in your rifle, what works well in one rifle may not be accurate in yours. Every barrel is different, so try different ammo until you find one your barrel likes.
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Old 10-08-2014, 07:08 AM
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Hoghunting, is right. Get a couple of different makes of bullet's in that grn bullet. Then see the one's that hold the tightest group. That's the one's you stick with. By the way how do you like the 783 over the 700. Good luck.

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Old 10-10-2014, 05:29 AM
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So how do you know if a barrel is rated for a bullet like 180gr?

troutbum I finally got to the range yesterday and shot the 783 for the first time, and I like it a lot. I tried a federal 165gr bullet and it performed "as advertised", but I still want to try a heavier bullet. I got the 783 for the weight aspect because my 700 has a weighted 26in barrel, also it was terrible to scale mountains with when hunting, even though i did it.
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Old 10-11-2014, 05:40 AM
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[QUOTE=SDflyfisher;4163406]So how do you know if a barrel is rated for a bullet like 180gr?

Not quite sure what you mean by "rated"...if you're talking about stabilizing the bullet a 10" twist will stabilize a 180g bullet.

You said you're going to use it for elk so I ask guys that hunt elk what bullet to use, then go buy the ammo that's loaded with those bullets and what your rifle likes.
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Old 10-11-2014, 09:05 AM
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Although I do not see too many .308 Win rifles in our elk camps, the ones that I do see are almost invariably shooting 165 grain bullets. The .308 starts to tail off on velocity too much for most hunters when bullets heavier than the 165 are used. Some bullets (mono-metal, etc.) really like fairly high impact velocity to open reliably.

The bright side is that the 165 grain bullets at 2,750-2,800 fps are a very effective elk load. I have seen some very big body bulls taken with .308 rifles.
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