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  • Cheap Factory .308 Ammo for Hunting

    Just wondering what factory .308 ammo people would suggest for shooting stuff from foxes up to pigs?

    I am only interested in brass case ammo.

    I have noticed Federal Tactical 130 gr TNT HP seems fairly cheap, but not sure if that would be OK on a large pig (most shooting will be smaller or softer critters).

    Any other suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Chris

  • #2
    the 130 tac stuff is great on pigs/goats/foxes.
    a good allrounder that shoots well.
    although this piggy didn't like it too much. :lol:
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    • #3
      Federal tactical 130gr is great..Place your shot and its lights out.. I shoot remington core lokt 150gr.. Great on the pigs and the odd time at the range it groups a little better..
      If it's mainly pigs, either of those are fine.. As for the foxes..... Lol

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      • #4
        Yep. Fed Tac 130's & Remy corelokt 150's.

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        • #5
          what are those fed 130 tacs worth a box? yeah im using remo corelokt 150s atm about $29/box seem to do the job no worries havent had one get up and walk off yet lol

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          • #6
            Federal 150 gr Soft Points for my rig. Half inch groups at 100m and stops them in their tracks.

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            • Mainsail
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              It really comes down to where you live.
              SEQ usually has some of the best prices I have seen advertised.

              I think your probably looking at around $25-29 per 20 for the 130gr Federal Tac's and Federal 150gr Softpoints.

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              Originally posted by Cannon" post=45202
              Federal 150 gr Soft Points for my rig. Half inch groups at 100m and stops them in their tracks.
              Yeah, another vote here for the Federal Powershok 150gn SPs; drop goats & pigs on the spot bang-flop style if you hit them in the boiler room. Shot a young fox with these recently and it went right through him and into the tree behind, so for smaller ferals like foxes or dogs maybe go with the 130gn HPs others here have recommended since by all accounts the results are pretty explosive and over-penetration seems to be a non-issue with these bad boys.

          • #7
            Federal premium with Nosler Ballistic tips in 150 grn for when TAC 130`s run out of legs ..Nothing walks from them at any practical ranges .. good to go from too close to focus to way out.
            TAC 30`s are not miss named TNT for nothing.
            Better but only in accuracy is The Hornady SST 150 BT in factory loads but they are more expensive than the rest.
            If your busted then use Highland --they work OK but are dirty ... projectiles are fine.
            I think the Noslers are the most Ballistic of anything I have ever used though the old WInnie 150 grn Power points were ok too.

            Dunno about piggies but I would think the Remmy Corelokts would have a bit more penetration and hang together a bit longer.
            I loaded 100 Corelokts ...150`s for a friend 45.5 grn 2208 in an Omark and he is getting good results on goats from rabbit sized little buggers to the bigger billies.

            YMMV.
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            Just noticed the last comment and agree prices are gone nearly double over the last two years in SA.
            Reloading is definitely an option today.

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              Federal premium with Nosler Ballistic tips in 150 grn for when TAC 130`s run out of legs ..Nothing walks from them at any practical ranges .. good to go from too close to focus to way out.
              TAC 30`s are not miss named TNT for nothing.
              Better but only in accuracy is The Hornady SST 150 BT in factory loads but they are more expensive than the rest.
              If your busted then use Highland --they work OK but are dirty ... projectiles are fine.
              I think the Noslers are the most Ballistic of anything I have ever used though the old WInnie 150 grn Power points were ok too.

              Dunno about piggies but I would think the Remmy Corelokts would have a bit more penetration and hang together a bit longer.
              I loaded 100 Corelokts ...150`s for a friend 45.5 grn 2208 in an Omark and he is getting good results on goats from rabbit sized little buggers to the bigger billies.

              YMMV.

              Rem 150gn Corelokt are great on ALL sized pigs.

          • #8
            All the prices are going way up. Ripoff.

            I would recommend the Federal as the best buy but I hate their brass for reloading.

            For pigs and deer I think the Highland AX is great in 308. I used heaps of it when I took about 10 years off reloading. I am still using the brass 10 years later. It is loaded fairly mild - chronies 2710fps in my 308 - shoots moa or near to it and punches through most pigs. Nice exit wounds too about an inch or so.

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              Whats the go with Federal brass causing you to dislike it ? ..... I know Sweet FA about it but have loaded a bit.......I find Mag Teck looks solid brass and PPU or Highland Seems solid but doesnt have the capacity I need maxes out at around 44 grns of 2208..... No expert and always learning here though.... Thoughts [/color

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              Originally posted by bobnob" post=45381
              All the prices are going way up. Ripoff.

              I would recommend the Federal as the best buy but I hate their brass for reloading.
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          • #9
            WL is right, one hole is best.....energy transfer and wound channel is the key!

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            • #10
              Thanks for the replies, I forgot to mention I'm in SE Qld.

              Shame about the federal brass being sticky, they were sounding pretty good apart from that.

              I think I might go for highland they seem to be cheaper than loading and I'm very happy with the brass I have used in other calibres.

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              • #11
                Got to admit that IMHO from even the old 303 ammo and modern target ammo including the 6.5x55 its not a good idea to expect the best results from any of those for hunting ..especially so on light bodied animals.
                Soft points are better and Ballistic tips are betterer still providing they are not too ballistic and blow up on the skin ..taking a large chunk of meat off and leaving an animal to die or causing much work tracking it down isn`t all that much fun.
                Big Hollow points like the 130 TAC are Good on small light framed up to goat sized game.
                Solid built animals need a bit more clout -- but nobody shoots wombats any more these days .its not legal to do so.

                Horses for courses says it all.



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                • #12
                  I am probably boring but in my 308 I like to keep it simple. 150 grainers for everything.

                  I just think the 308 with 150g bullet is just about the most well balanced round in the world. The impact velocity is perfect for a lead tipped jacketed bullet, good penetration and generally not overly explosive.

                  Nothing wrong with the little 130 grainers of course . Just can't see the point when 150s are so perfect.

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                    Originally posted by bobnob" post=45931
                    I am probably boring but in my 308 I like to keep it simple. 150 grainers for everything.

                    I just think the 308 with 150g bullet is just about the most well balanced round in the world. The impact velocity is perfect for a lead tipped jacketed bullet, good penetration and generally not overly explosive.

                    Nothing wrong with the little 130 grainers of course . Just can't see the point when 150s are so perfect.
                    Sounds good to me, a 150gr in .308 is about the same as a 130gr .270 and they are pretty much perfect in my experience.

                    I planning to get a couple hundred of the same ammo to keep it simple and stuff around with different bullets for more specialised loads when I'm reloading.

                • #13
                  I bought both of those on Friday.
                  nraa 155's were about $24 for 20
                  130 tac's were about $26 for 20.
                  (Adelaide prices)
                  eastern states might be a tiny bit better.

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