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Does anyone have a recommendation as a place to start?

I have on hand some new Norma brass, 180 grain Swift A frames and IMR 4831, RL 15, RL 19, ACC 5744 AND H4831SC.

The intention is a load for elk.


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IMHO if cost is of any consideration I would purchase some 180 gr. Sierra Game Kings and work up a load using H-4831SC. Then just switch to the Swift bullets. 70-75 gr. with a magnum primer.


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Great idea. I will give that a shot.


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What spires, what farms are those?
That is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain,
The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again.

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I have a 308 Norma that I used several years ago for plains game in Namibia with good success. At that time, I had no luck in finding brass. I used 7mm Rem. Mag. brass instead. Just lubricated in inside of the neck with moly grease and the outside with good case lube. Ran it through the full sizing die.
The neck is a hair short but relied on the belt for headspace.

Accuracy in my rifle was quite good and I didn't have to worry about picking up spent cases as 7mm brass is usually free and readily available if you ask for it.

Geoff


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Palmer I have a couple 308 Normas. The throats in some of these rifles can vary and as such the max load can vary as much as 2 or 3 grs from one rifle to another. IMR 4350 and RL19 are very good powders. I would suggest you start about 67 or 68 grs with the 180 gr bullets and work up.
 
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Thanks for the information Geoff and snowman.

I have enough brass to last - at least enough for the number of hunts I expect to take with it.

Going to work on seating depth tonite then load 5 rounds of 68 grains for the first session.


ALLEN W. JOHNSON - DRSS

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From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills,
What spires, what farms are those?
That is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain,
The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again.

A. E. Housman
 
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My 308 NM came with about 50 rounds of 180 gr Noslers over 4831. Good accurate load in this rifle. - dan


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I'd be flying by the seat of my pants as I have done with most wild cats and Some European calibers like the 10.75x68 and such..

Go to a loading book, look up the 30/338 for its starting loads, should be pretty close to max for the 308 Normas only slightly smaller case, and work up half grain at a time until I got an extractor mark at least..Id use RL-19 or RL-22 to start with and then play with RL-15 and then go where no man has gone before!! shocker rotflmo but better advise is do as I say, don't do as I do..

There is bound to be a good bit of 308 Norma loading data out there..I'll go through all my stacks of load data and find you something least I can do for and old friend..


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Hodgdon lists lots of data for the .308 Norma. Check out their web site.
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Originally posted by cgbach:
Hodgdon lists lots of data for the .308 Norma. Check out their web site.
C.G.B.


This ^^^ and here: https://load-data.nosler.com/l...ta/308-norma-magnum/

I just acquired an FN actioned .308 Noma this past weekend. It came with 100 rounds of Norma Factory ammo. I'd probably be loading one of the 4831's you have on hand.




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