TRG22 .308 ammo choice

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  1. John Shultz

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    My TRG22 has a 20” .308 barrel. Anyone have a hand load or factory ammo that shoots .25 or less moa at 300/400 yards?

    Thanks

     

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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    Why would you think someone else's load in someone else's rifle would perform the same in your rifle??????
     
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    Why would anyone with a .308 with a 20 inch barrel possibly expect to get that kind of performance? May be possible but a longer barrel would sure make it more realistic. Sakojim
     
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    Do you guys even shoot? My 20” AR10 will shoot .5 moa at 300 and it is a semiauto.. .42gr Varget 175smk
     
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    Hi John,

    I've shot & loaded .308 Win a fair amount - can't guarantee that you will get .25 MOA with this recipe, but here's something that has worked for me and many other Finnish shooters:

    Brass: Lapua or Sako (neck size only)
    Bullet: 185 gr Lapua D46 (close to or touching the lands)
    Powder: Vihtavuori N140 (work up close to maximum charge)
    Primer: Your choice

    If you want to go with lighter bullets, Lapua's 150 gr Lock Base and 155 gr Scenar are good choices. I would stick with Vihtavuori N140 with these as well.


    Lapua's factory ammo is also very good quality and they make several loads for .308 Win, this one is the D46 loaded with VV N140:

    https://www.brownells.com/ammunitio...mo-308-winchester-185gr-fmj-bt-prod96660.aspx


    Some links you might find helpful:

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1010725672
    https://www.lapua.com/reloading-components/lapua-components-list
    https://www.lapua.com/cartridges/308-winchester/
    https://www.vihtavuori.com/reloading-data/rifle-reloading/?cartridge=30


    Hope this helps!
     
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    Thank you. I realize no two barrels are the same but this may speed up the process.
     
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    icebear Sako-addicted

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    There's nothing wrong with a 20" barrel for accuracy. The tradeoff for barrel length is velocity, not accuracy. Add barrel length to a 20" .308 and you add velocity and flatten the trajectory. Some would argue that, at least theoretically, the accuracy of a 20" barrel would be better than a 24", because the shorter barrel would have a shorter arc of vibration. With a heavy-barreled sniper rifle like a TRG-22 or a Steyr SSG, the argument is purely academic as it is highly unlikely that there would be any difference in accuracy caused by barrel length.

    The SSG offers a military version with a 26" barrel and a police/urban warfare version with 20". I chose the 26" because I don't need the short, handy barrel, but I accuracy wasn't a consideration. The SSG shoots 5-shot cloverleafs at 100 yards; that's good enough for me. I haven't reloaded for it, but I've gotten good results with Lake City 175 grain match ammo and with Norma FMJ - I forget the bullet weight.
     
  8. John Shultz

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    My SSG PII likes 42gr 4064 with 168smk.
     
  9. Johan Lindh

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    This forum is mainly for old collectors items and long range shooting is not often a topic.

    That being said...

    For 3-400 yards/meters the SMK 168 gr is not a bad choice (with 43,2 gr Norma 203b in my Sauer SSG)

    An acquaintance rung steel at 1000 m with his 22 a few weeks ago using Lapua Scenar-L 175 gr (powder and charge unknown).

    Sorry for not being able to provide more load data.

    Sincerely
    Johan
     
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    I haven’t found a suitable handload yet but i have shot quite a few 2” 5 shot groups at 325yds using military surplus M118LR ammunition.
     
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    Nope but i will get some fed 168/175 match. I bet the m118LR is similar..
     

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