The .308 is a very friendly cartridge to reload, but I am puzzled by your inability to obtain positive results with using soft point bullets. Did you try various bullet weights or is this only with factory ammunition. There is tons of reloading information for the .308 with several bullet weights and types. I use mostly 150 grain Soft Points in my two .308 rifles and found that the best powders are: IMR-4064, WW-748, and Varget.But thinking about it. Just got a black rifle in 308 Win. Anything "special" I need to know about reloading the 308? I learned the hard way that my gun doesn't like soft point bullets. Trying to avoid making a similar mistake if/when I start reloading.
Could there be much of a overall length difference between the 147 FMJ and the 150 SPBT? It would be nice to know that the length of each cartridge is and maybe try a lighter/shorter SPBT to see if that cures the problem. I am very sure that there is a solution somewhere that can get soft points to shoot in this firearm.The problem I am having is a failure to feed in my ar308. The ammo is Freedom Munitions SPBT 150gr factory reman. After I found a 308AR forum they said this is a typical problem for the ar type rifles. I took the rifle apart & polished the feed ramps & got rid of the sharp edges on the lugs around the ramps but still a no go for reliable feeding. I bought some 147 gr fmj & it worked flawlessly. The spbt fired & ejected just fine. But won't feed worth a darn. I guess I'll have to fire them one at a time & make sure it's not jamming.
I was thinking that a longer length might be causing the hanging, but this is not the case as the FMJ is actually longer. Overall length varies depending on the bullet used and falls into a range. It is not a hard number. Many times, it has to do with whatever fits in the magazine. Mike G's suggestion to try some of the nylon tipped bullets may work, as the nylon tip would simulate the FMJ, but still allows expansion. Don't know if anything with nylon tip comes in factory ammo. I still think it should be possible to get SP's to feed though.The soft point oal is 2.746", the fmj oal is 2.792". What should they be? I've read on other forums that, depending on your rifle brand, you may or may not have problems with soft points. The ar15 has similar problems.
Talk with a good gunsmith, the soft point problem most often is a easy fixBut thinking about it. Just got a black rifle in 308 Win. Anything "special" I need to know about reloading the 308? I learned the hard way that my gun doesn't like soft point bullets. Trying to avoid making a similar mistake if/when I start reloading.
Great info, as is the suggestion to use small base dies. My AR's (2) both are "iffy" feeding unless i use my small base dies.If you are trying to learn reloading ... a black AR isn't going to make life any easier .
When something doesn't work ...you aren't sure if it's your reloads or the rifle .
Take it slow , find factory ammo your rifle will function with and function 100% of the time ...
Then try and recreate that ammo so the rifle will shoot for you .
You need to get a reloading manual or three and get one geared to AR rifles .
I learned to reload with bolt action rifles ... 50+ years ago , life was so much simpler then .
Good luck , Load safe,