Gearing up again for loading for .308 and 6.5 CM now that the guns have arrived. Will start with .308, mostly since I have a "head start" with at least partial load workup from my Rem 700. I had hoped to get further with the Rem 700 load workup, but got busy and figured no sense as the new gun arrival got closer.
Plan is to start with around 40-60 FGMM 168 gr to sight in, barrel speed up, etc. Then plan is to start with Varget and 8208. I have quite a bit of good data from the Rem 700 on those two powders. Will likely try others along the way, but figure start where I have a decent baseline.
Goal for the .308 is to have the load work well at mag length. Max OAL for my mags are 2.950 & 2.960, so have quite a bit of room to play. The gun was setup with that in mind and reported FB is 0.065". I checked the jam point the other night, but haven't compared to factory FGMM that I have on hand yet. If the "best" results work out to be longer than mag length, that's fine too though.
The 6.5 CM will come later. I am waiting for some Hornady 140 gr ELD Match ammo to come in. I want a baseline with factory ammo to compare to. I have some other Hornady factory ammo, but the ELD-M ammo is on the way. Plus, I have to wait for the scope for the 6.5.
Upgrading loading setup as well. Will be (finally) setting up my Forster Co-Ax press. I've had it for many months, but just never set it up. I also have new SAC dies that I picked up over Christmas. Have the sizing side for 6.5 CM and the seating die is for all 30 cal family, so good for .308 and 6.5 CM. I don't think I'll get into other stuff, or at least any time soon.