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 Post subject: Barnes TTSX .308 168grn
 Post Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:11 am 
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My buddy Clay is helping learn how to reload. We're starting with the 168grn Barnes TTSX in .308. We loaded up 20rnds last night using Varget powder. Five at 42grns, 42.5, 43, and 43.5. I'm headed to the range this morning to see how they do in my AR.

Are there any powders or loads ya'll recommend for the 168grn TTSX in .308 AR style rifle? This is my first foray into reloading. So, I'm open to suggestions.

I went with the 168grn TTSX because both Cabela's and Academy had a lot of it in stock. So, when I do find a load my rifle likes it won't be hard to find more of it. I have a feeling we may end up changing powders at some point though. Not sure.

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 Post Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:58 am 
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Varget is a good powder to start with. Reloader 15 might also be an option.


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 Post Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:14 am 
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The 43.5grn load was the best. I had 4 rounds go into .82 of an inch. The 5 round I pulled a touch. And opened it to 1.05”. So my next loads are 43.2, 43.5, 43.8, 44.1, 44.4 and 44.7grns. So far no pressure signs. Although, late in the session after I shot the reloads I shot some factory Barnes VorTX 168grn TTSX. First group had 4 go into .68”, with the flyer opening it to .86”. So, sub MOA for 5 rounds. Next group my rifle failed to pull the round out of the chamber. I pulled the bcg. I discovered that the extractor claw had broken off. Then it started pouring rain and I packed up to leave. When I got home I sent PSA CS a message. They responded in 15mins saying they’re going to send me a new bolt.

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 Post Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:00 am 
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Oh wow. :o :clap:


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 Post Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:09 am 
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I'm off Wednesday-Friday this coming week. I'm going to see if the factory group was a fluke, or if I can repeat it. I'm also going to see which reload will be THE load. Right now I'm using Federal brass from some Federal Fusion rounds I had. I am saving my Barnes brass. And, I have a ton of Remington and Perfecta brass.

How much difference can the brass make in the accuracy of the round?

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 Post Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:54 pm 
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Marty, I'd be more concerned with pressure differences due to case capacity than accuracy. That's all I'll say as I too am still learning.


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 Post Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:05 am 
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Agreed. Pressure signs will be what I look for first. And, any loads I work up will start very conservative.

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 Post Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:04 pm 
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That's pretty dang good

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 Post Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:54 pm 
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Since loading up the 168 TTSX loads, I've killed 6 deer and 5 hogs with the reloads. Those bullets are devastating. Nice large exits, with good blood. The farthest I had to trail a deer was about 50yrds. All but one hog was drt. The bullets will blow right through, busting bones as they go. I'm now a firm believer in these TTSX bullets. In fact, in my .308 that's all I'm using now on animals.

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 Post Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2021 2:39 am 
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Seems that for years I talked about Barnes bullets on here. Glad to see they work for you.
Surprised you can find components with all the shortages though.


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 Post Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2021 8:56 am 
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Burt, me and Clay stocked it deep when it was cheap. The only component I'm needing more of is the TTSX bullets. I've got enough primers and powder to last me a good long while.

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