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 Post Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 10:23 pm 
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I've had a bad year so far, but I hope others are being successful with your hunts. Killin hogs may be old hat with a lot of you veterans out there, but this new one to the sport loves to read about your hunts, how you set up, the bait you use, how big they were, trail cam pics, etc. It fires me up for the next hunt, lol.


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 Post Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 12:18 am 
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I've not been hunting in a while. I have done quite a bit of shooting, and building AR's. I've done a bunch of reloading for my .308 AR, and have a pretty good hunting load worked up. Now I just need to go try it out on some piggies.

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 Post Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 7:44 am 
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Good luck with your new .308 load - I thought about getting my son to reload some 308 barnes tsx but I rread on here that they're very hard to reload. Go get you a big one & post pics of it.


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I'm using TTSX 168grn bullets. With the help of my buddy, I didn't have much trouble finding a good and accurate load. We did play with seating depth a little. And, we found the Barnes TTSX likes to be seated a little deeper than some of the other bullets. It doesn't mind a jump to the lands. In fact, I got better accuracy that way. When I compared my reloads to the factory Barnes loads they were seated almost exactly the same as what we decided on. My reloads shoot to the same poi as the factory loads. Shucks, if you didn't know they were reloads and didn't look at the stamp on them, you'd think they were factory.

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 Post Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 9:48 am 
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Sounds like you know what you're doing. I have the Remington Hog H ammet shells which are Barnes 168 gr tsx and are really good. I understand limited space in the 308 brass & copper bullets longer but does anyone make a special powder that will push a 180 gr at a decent velocity without increasing chamber pressure too much? If so i would be interested in the recipe


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troyo wrote:
Sounds like you know what you're doing. I have the Remington Hog H ammet shells which are Barnes 168 gr tsx and are really good. I understand limited space in the 308 brass & copper bullets longer but does anyone make a special powder that will push a 180 gr at a decent velocity without increasing chamber pressure too much? If so i would be interested in the recipe


In the TSX line of bullets I think the 180's would be too long for the .308. I wouldn't go any heavier than the 168's. I'm using full length resizing dies, and I'm using 44.7grns of Varget. APPROACH WITH CAUTION. That is a hot load. Out of an 18" ss barrel on my AR I'm getting an average of 2568fps. They're shooting into one moa, when I do my part.

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 Post Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 4:45 pm 
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Help me out here, Marty. I dunno much about ballistics. You say it's a hot load at 2568 fps and Barnes factory lists their 168 gr at 2,680 fps, about 100 fps faster.


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 Post Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 5:28 pm 
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Troyo, most factory loads are measured with a 24” barrel. My barrel is only an 18” barrel. The rule of thumb, as I understand it, is you lose 50fps for each inch of barrel loss, roughly.

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 Post Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 5:30 pm 
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So, even if they used a 22” barrel to measure their velocities, my load would still be hotter than the factory load. My barrel, being much shorter, loses some velocity.

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 Post Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 6:57 pm 
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Oh, ok that explains it. I'm all for a hotter load in the 168 gr bullet. I'm a little recoil sensitive but my 308 has a good recoil pad & i added at least 2 lbs weight inside the synthetic stock so recoil a non-factor now i enjoy shootin it. Im all for the baddest load to drop em in their tracks. I have a Ruger American bolt action which has a 22'" barrel so should be a good load in my gun as well.


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Keep in mind that each rifle may have slightly different chamber tolerances, and may have different pressures. My rifle is an AR style semi auto rifle. So it may have different chamber pressures than a bolt gun. So, like I said, approach that 44.7grns load of Varget with caution.

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 Post Posted: Sat May 26, 2018 8:56 am 
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Appreciate the info here. My son has reloading equipment, I wouldn't attempt it myself. Did a little reloading many years ago for my .357 S & W revolver and had a hot load for it but never fooled with rifle reloading.


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I'm killin' website hackers :o
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Of course, political correctness would demand an apology, I aint actually physically killing them, like on a shooting rampage.
I am putting their IPs in jail :clap:

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 Post Posted: Sat May 26, 2018 10:16 pm 
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Website hackers? I sure hope that you don't think I'm one of em! I just wanna hunt hogs, with your light! And, hear about others who are successful! LOL I don't even know what an "IP" is.


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 Post Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:43 am 
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troyo wrote:
I've had a bad year so far, but I hope others are being successful with your hunts. Killin hogs may be old hat with a lot of you veterans out there, but this new one to the sport loves to read about your hunts, how you set up, the bait you use, how big they were, trail cam pics, etc. It fires me up for the next hunt, lol.

I shot 2 before sundown over Memorial Day weekend. I have a feeder 70 yards from the house that goes off about 7PM. The last 2 trips to the woods I have zip tied a motion sensor to a leg of the feeder so I can sleep at night and it works. I go down there about once a month and am averaging 1 to 2 hogs every trip. That includes the weekends the wife, kids, and dogs go with me which is 4 out of 5 trips. I have gotten better at getting multiple hogs from a sounder before they are gone. I have also learned to wait for them to come back after the first panic. They don't come back every time but often. I just got my suppressor Thursday so that should help me too.


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 Post Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:50 am 
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Gary, it sounds like you are rreally doing well with the hogs. The suppressor will only help, as I think the hogs won't be spooked as much after the first shot and much more likely to come back. I've never had a suppressor but somebody said a .308 with one sounds about like a .22 - if it is that quiet, then it's a winner, for sure. I've head shot hogs before with a .22 & had em come back & feed around the dead hog that i had just shot a few minutes before. Hope you continue to have success - be sure to let us know!!!


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 Post Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:08 am 
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Troyo, I've shot a .308, 6.8SPC, and a 6.5CM with a suppressor. The only one that remotely sounded like a .22 was the .308 with sub sonic loads. And, it sounded like an air rifle. The others, and the .308 with full loads, are a lot more quiet than without the suppressor. And, I suspect the suppressor somewhat makes it more difficult for animals to know where the shots are coming from. A good friend of mine, the one with the 6.5 and 6.8, uses a suppressor for most of his shooting. He's shot three deer, one right after the other, in the same sitting on a small wheat field. Using a suppressor doesn't spook the animals as much as without the suppressor.

Although, the year before at the same stand I did the exact same thing with my .270, and it's not suppressed. So, maybe we're hunting some dumb and hungry deer. LMBO!!

Just to show you that suppressors aren't as quiet as some folks believe, I was in a stand this past season about 300yrds from my buddy who was hunting with a suppressed 6.8SPC. And, I heard his shots when he killed the three deer. I could tell it was a suppressed rifle shot though. What happens is that bullets in hunting rounds are super sonic. So, even though they're suppressed they will brake the sound barrier and cause a sonic boom, the CRACK that you hear. The only way to avoid that sonic boom, the CRACK, is to use sub sonic ammo. And, most sub sonic ammo isn't appropriate for hunting.

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 Post Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:01 pm 
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I have been hunting with a suppressed 308 for about a year. It does not seem to spook the hogs as much. I have had them run 50 yards and start rooting again. The biggest difference is they seem confused about where the shot is coming from. On several occasions I have had the run toward me. I always try to shoot the most distant hog and they may be running away from the sound of the round slamming into the hog.


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Thanks for the info, Marty, I didn't know that about the suppressors & regular hunting loads. I was led to believe otherwise. Now glad that I didn't invest in one.


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TEXASBOARS wrote:
I'm killin' website hackers :o
By the hundreds :evil:
Of course, political correctness would demand an apology, I aint actually physically killing them, like on a shooting rampage.
I am putting their IPs in jail :clap:

There is so much of this going around these days that it makes me wonder if they are trying to destroy the internet in some way. What do they expect to gain by doing this? I keep getting unwanted emails with web sites that some stranger wants me to open on my computer (NO!) and I keep getting phone calls from everyone in the country wanting to scam me in some way. The "Do Not Call" list does not work. Anyway continue the fight.


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