Shooting With Jim Hammond Hand Loads Hand Loading Savage 10FP .308 Reloading

Savage Model 10FP in .308, Reloads or Reloading the Savage 10FP in .308,  Handloads for the Savage 10 FP, Reload Data For Savage 10FP. Hand Loads For Savage 10FP 10 FP. Bullets For Savage 10FP in .308

 

Savage 10 FP .308 Bolt Action with Brunton 6-24X50 Scope

Here it is, MY FAVORITE. Of all that I own, this is by far my favorite. The Savage Model 10 FP in .308 has to be a one stop gun that will harvest game from rabbits, to Moose and shoot targets accurately to over 1000 yards.  You can load bullets from 110 grain all the way up to 208 grain and maybe a 220 grain if seated deep enough.  As you will be able to see from the loads and targets below, this rifle has the ability to shoot a variety of different loads while achieving MOA accuracy. With a little work loading the Barnes Solids and coming up with an accurate load, this rifle would be right at home on any game in North America and most on the African Plains. Bottom line is this Savage 10FP is a well built, solid, accurate and dependable rifle that can compete and win when up against some that are more than 3 times the cost of this one. I know as I have competed against other shooters with rifles costing much more than this and have walked away with the GREEN BACKS.

Keep in mind, it is rare that two guns shoot the same bullet with the same degree of accuracy BUT, if you have a Savage 10FP in .308, these loads should give you a starting point to work with or heck, you might have the same or better results than I did.

 

 

Great Hunting and Target Load

Distance in Yards

100

Powder Type

Ramshot TAC

Powder Weight

42.5 grains

Primer

CCI Large Rifle

Case

Winchester

Bullet

Combined Technology 51160 168 grain

Temperature

85

Wind

Light

Group Size Inches

7/16

Great Hunting and Target Load

Distance in Yards

100

Powder Type

Ramshot TAC

Powder Weight

44.0 grains

Primer

CCI Large Rifle

Case

Winchester

Bullet

Hornady Interlock 3031 150 Grain

Temperature

85

Wind

Light

Group Size Inches

5/16 inch

 

 

Great Hunting Load. Even on thick skinned game.

Distance in Yards

100

Powder Type

Ramshot TAC

Powder Weight

40.1 grains

Primer

CCI Large Rifle

Case

Lapua

Bullet

Barnes TSX 30844 168 grain

Temperature

85

Wind

Light

Group Size Inches

3/4 inch

 

 

Another Great Hunting Load

Distance in Yards

100

Powder Type

Ramshot TAC

Powder Weight

43.0 grains

Primer

CCI Large Rifle

Case

Winchester

Bullet

Sierra Game King 2125 150 grain

Temperature

88

Wind

5-10 mph

Group Size Inches

3/8 inch

 

 

Great Target Load

Distance in Yards

100

Powder Type

Ramshot TAC

Powder Weight

42.0

Primer

CCI Large Rifle

Case

Lapua

Bullet

Sierra Match King 2275 175 grain HPBT

Temperature

88

Wind

5-12 mph

Group Size Inches

5/8 inch

These next two loads are the result of a brutal day and a terrible day for one of my shooting buddies, that for this article we will Bill. He purchased a new Ruger M77 Mark 2 in 308 so I loaded up 23 different 3 shot loads for him to test in his new rifle. We get to the range and summer time is over on this day. It was cold and windy. Not my favorite for testing long range hand loads but we were there and had guns and bullets so what the heck.

He had purchased about 6 factory loads and wanted to shoot them so if he found a good one he would not to hand load. I had also brought several of my good hand loads for my Ruger 44 carbine and my AK that I had recently put a POS scope on. I wanted to hunt with this assault rifle and wanted to get it sighted in. Bill was on his bench sighting in his new rifle and I was trying to shoot the Ruger 44 Carbine with a camera mount I had purchased. I wanted to film the hunt and shooting but every time I pulled the trigger and the gun went bang the camera moved, making this worthless, so I went back to playing. After about the fifth shot I felt a sharp something stick my right hand and looked down to see a broken stock. OH NO, my new baby was broken. I looked at this for a moment and said well It's broke and I don't want to shoot it any more so I put it up and got out the AK. I had purchased a new receiver cover with a rail and a POS scope to fit the rail. After I had shot several times and was completely out of any more windage adjustment but still needed 6 more inches at 50 yards, I took the scope off and went back to the iron sights. I now have a much better scope and will return to the range and report back.

Bill is now finished sighting in at 25 and 50 yards and has moved to the 100 yard bench. I slid my Savage 10FP in 308 out of the truck and proceeded to shot with him at the 100 yard area. I laid my rifle on the sand bag and slowly squeezed the trigger and down rang was a hole in the dead center of the target. I proceeded to do this several more times with the same result and on occasion slid my rifle in the direction of his target to see what he was doing. I am glad I do not have a Ruger M77 Mark2. I could here him moaning and mumbling every now and then and looking at his target I could see why. He finally found two loads that shot 2 inch groups at 100 yards and was happy with that. I wanted to go to the 200 yard range and when suggested to Bill, he was game, so off we went.

I went down and put up our targets and Bill was ready to get at when I got back. I got out my rifle and a few of the loads I had cooked that I knew shot great and proceeded to stamp out 1/2 to 3/4 inch groups while Bill was really having a go at it with his new (not so accurate rifle). I again slid my rifle in the direction of his target and WOW, it looked like he was shooting with his eyes closed. He is really moaning now with his 6 to 8 inch groups and with some 40 to 45 dollar a box factory loads.

I had about shot up all the hand loads I had brought for me and asked him if he was going to shoot the ones I had loaded for him. He was so frustrated with the results of what he was doing with the factory loads, he said he had all he wanted to shoot. ALRIGHT more bullets for me.

I went to the truck and put came a big bag with new loads that I had not shot. I proceeded to punch holes from 3 inches to my two best of 0.41 and 0.48 inches at 200 yards, while Bill was still over there making noises of disappointment.

Well I had shot most of what I loaded for him and decided to sit back and watch him for a while. I wanted to see if he was flinching of jerking when he pulled the trigger. I watched him for several shots and what he was doing looked like it was all good. Every now and then, I would look through my scope to see as the new hole was punched and I was amazed at the inaccuracy of this rifle.

After he was ready to throw in the towel, I suggested that I shoot his rifle a few times. I picked up a few rounds that I had loaded and a few of his factory stuff and slid in behind the rifle, put the cross hairs on the target and squeezed the trigger. I again placed the cross hairs on the target and squeezed. These first two shots grouped at around 6 inches. I did the same with two other loads and got the same results. We shot 8 different loads in this rifle and got about the same results with each at 200 yards. Do we need to work on more and different loads or is there something wrong with the rifle? We intend to shoot it more with many different loads in search of the perfect bullet for this rifle. I will report back with our next time at the range on this rifle.   BUT in the mean time if you want a rifle that will not break the bank, try a Savage model 10FP. I sure like mine.

Great 200 yard Target Load

Distance in Yards

200

Powder Type

Ramshot TAC

Powder Weight

41.0 grains

Primer

CCI Large Rifle

Case

Winchester

Bullet

SMK 175 grain HPBT

Temperature

65

Wind

15 to 20 from right

Group Size Inches

0.41"

 

 

Great 200 Yard Hunting Load

Distance in Yards

200

Powder Type

Ramshot TAC

Powder Weight

40.1 grains

Primer

CCI Large Rifle

Case

Winchester

Bullet

Horn 165 grain SST 30451

Temperature

65

Wind

15 to 20 from right

Group Size Inches

0.48"

3 SHOTS 2 HOLES

TAC
Ramshot TAC is a versatile rifle powder that performs well in a number of different calibers. TAC has the ability to provide some of the industry's highest velocities for 80 grain bullets in the .223 caliber while maintaining SAAMI pressure guidelines. TAC is a double-based powder providing for ease of metering and consistent charge weights.
Ideal Calibers:
.223 Rem, 308 Win
Bulk Density (grams/liter) 985
Packaged in 1lb. and 8lb. containers.

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