.308 Range Trip!

I have been wanting to get some of our various types of .308/7.62×51 calibers down to the range and get some results on paper to post here on our blog. Yesterday was the day. We enlisted the help of our friend, Detective Tim Riggs who is a SWAT team Sniper Leader and Instructor for our local Police Department, to do the shooting and help keep this official.

(Tim is also on the board at http://www.americansnipers.org. If you are not familiar with this great organization please take the time to check them out. They are actively seeking help to best equip our active US Military Snipers who are in the line of fire overseas. Do your part to keep this Country great, and our Soldiers safe.)

All the groups below were fired from a Remington 700 SWS with a Leupold 3.5×10 rifle scope that was zeroed for Prvi Partizan Match 168grn Boat Tail Hollow Point ammunition. Target distance was 100 yards in 72 degree weather with zero wind.

South African .308 (7.62×51) 147grn FMJ
Our item #A308SA (buy here)
Made at the PMP factory in South Africa in the late 1970’s to early 1980’s. This ammunition features a 147grn lead core copper jacketed bullet, brass case, and non-corrosive berdan primer. It is packaged 20rds to a box, 140rds to a sealed waterproof pvc battlepack, and 1,260rds (9-battlepacks) to a resealable metal can (although they are too heavy to ship UPS that way, gotta take 2 battlepacks out).

German DAG NATO .308 (7.62×51) 147grn FMJ
Our item #A308DAG (buy here)
Made at the Dynamit Nobel Factory in Germany in the early 1990’s. This ammunition features a 147grn lead core nickel and copper jacketed bullet, NATO headstamped brass case, and non-corrosive berdan primer. It is packaged 20rds to a box, 200rds (10 boxes) to a sealed waterproof pvc battlepack, and 1,000rds (5-battlepacks) to a cardboard case.

British ROF Radway Green NATO .308 (7.62×51) 147grn FMJ
Our item #A308RG
(buy here)
Made at the Royal Ordnance Factory (Radway Green) in Britian in the early 1990’s. This ammunition features a 147grn lead core copper jacketed bullet,  NATO headstamped brass case, and non-corrosive berdan primer. It is packaged 5rds on a steel charger (stripper clip), 75rds (15-5rd chargers)to a nylon bandolier with metal snaps, and 750rds (10 bandoliers) in a sealed battlepack inside a wood knockdown crate.

Prvi Partizan PPU Match 168grn Hollow Point
Our item #AP308HP168
(buy here)
This is current production ammunition manufactured by Prvi Partizan in Serbia. It features a Match 168grn boat tail lead core copper jacketed hollow point bullet, Brass case, and non-corrosive boxer primer. Packaged 20rds to a box and 1,000rds (50 boxes) to a cardboard case.

So what did I buy?   My POF .308 rifle LOVES the Radway, and it produces the best groups for me.  But I shoot Prvi in my Bolt guns. Please take these results with a grain of salt. Certain gun/barrel combinations are going to perform differently with the same calibers you see above. With a different gun you could get a completely different set of targets. The best way for determining the best ammo for your rifle is to try a little of everything, and see what your rifle likes.

I appreciate your interest and business,
Bryan Flannagan
VP
AIM, Inc.

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