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Thread: Lyman 311359 in a 308 win

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    Lyman 311359 in a 308 win

    I am looking for a good mold to use in my 308 win. I was wondering if anyone had tried this combination. I want a good varmint round prairie dogs, moles, ground squirrels. Range out to 150 to 200 yards. I bid on a 311359 on eBay and won the bid. I have cast a few up and they look pretty functional. Any advise on powder, velocity window, other considerations would be greatly appreciated.

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    I use the Lee 113 gr RFGC in my 32/20 Contender 10" and it certainly does a fine job on coyotes out to 150 yards which is as far as I can shoot with those iron sights and my eyes when the are fresh in the morning. The MV from the Contender is 1350. I would start out with either Red Dot from the above table or about 12 gr of 2400 since both my 308's adore 2400.

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    Yes I have a reloading manual. Thanks, but what I was hoping to hear was someone say they were using IMR
    Trailboss. I went to the IMR website and they list 10 to 14 gr behind a 150 gr bullet. I have also read that as long as this powder is not compressed, overcharging is pretty much impossible. I also have used Unique in similar cartridges with reasonable results. I have never tried 2400. When I looked up 308 in my manual it didn’t list 2400 until 160 gr bullet. Is 2400 what you use in your contender? If so, it would seem you’d need a faster burning powder than that.

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    Friend shoots them out of a low numbered Springfield.
    Poop load, but it shoots good at 50yds.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check