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I have both SPS Tacticals, .223 and .308. Falcon 5-25x50mm on each, EGW 20 MOA base, Burris XTR low rings. Looking for one good baseline factory ammo I can use in each. then I'll use the brass and start reloading this fall/winter (need to get reloader, etc).

I envision using the .223 out to about 300-400 yds, .308 out to about 600. So far I've sighted in the .223 at 100 using some Prvi Partisan 69g BTHP Match. I did buy some Black Hills 77g "Red box" for my Mk12 Mod1 clone and it is incredibly accurate in that AR. Any experiences in the SPS?

.308 at 100 yds using some of the DAG 150g (because it was "cheap" and available for my M1A). I only have one box of Federal 168g BTHP so before I "fine tune" the .308 I wanted to get others experiences and buy some more factory ammo in bulk for both rifles.
 

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I used Hornady .308 168gr Amax and they shoot some very tight groups. I also used their BTHP match.
 

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+1 on what Doug says. I broke my SPS Tac .308 in on 168 gr Federal GM Match, Hornady AMAX Match, and Black Hills Moly Match. The gun (completely stock) had the best initial groups shooting the Black Hills, at around .67" but after the addition of an HS stock, the rifle loves the AMAX. I'm averaging right around .4" groups.

I have a Savage (sorry guys) Model 10FP in .223 and it really likes the Federal 69 grainers.

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On my last two rifles I never ran one round of factory ammo through it. However, I was already setup for reloading so it's smart to save your brass.

I've had very good results with Sierras for my .308 and the best results with Hornady in my .223 AR
 

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NukeThemTillTheyGlow said:
thanks guys, sounds like I need to focus on 168g. anyone try the 175's?
i do 1/2" and under with 175's real easy.

but if your about a dollar you can try a box of that federal 14-15.00 a box of 20.
i can do anywhere from .75 to .400 is my best with that ammo @ 100 yards
 

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SemperFi said:
On my last two rifles I never ran one round of factory ammo through it. However, I was already setup for reloading so it's smart to save your brass.

I've had very good results with Sierras for my .308 and the best results with Hornady in my .223 AR
you takin about the SP 55gr Hornady rounds for .223 ? if yes i am a firm believer in that ammo aslo i do .75-.500 with that ammo.
 

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This what I shoot outa my SPS -Tac in .223 . Factory ammoI use Black Hill 77grn in the blue box and for my hand load's Hornady Match 75 grn BTHP. I have also tried the moly coated stuff but haven't seen any big improvement in accuracy.
 

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I got my .308 rifle setup and just wanted to run some factory ammo through it to break it in a bit not expecting much accuracy as it was Remington factory ammo.

To my suprise, I got a less than 3/4" group at 100 yards with the Remington standard 155 grain on my first three shots out of the box.

I ran about 60 rounds through that day. the Remingotns held a tigh group. Once I started using the Winchester and American Eagle factory ammo in the same grain it started going all over the place. I dropped Remington factory rounds back in and my groups were consistantly at 1" to 3/4" at 100 yards for the remainder of the rounds I had.

Next I will compare the 155 to the 180 grain rounds and see if it improves more or less.
 

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+1 for the Remington, I wasn't expecting great groups from them but all were below 1" once sighted in and had some break 0.5"
 

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bore sighted and 100 yard sight ins with remington premier match 168gr hpbt and did very well, three occasions bullet hole through bullet hole. nice and accurate but costly. only put 15 rounds through the gun. thinking switch to something a little more reasonable for long range coyotes and closer range deer and elk hunting. Thinking either remington premier core lokt 150 grain or winchester xp3 150 grain.
 

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i remember reading somewhere (i'll try to find the link) that 175 grains dont do very well in 20'' barrels with a 1:12 twist rate. Is this true? and are certain bullet weights more accurate than others at different ranges?



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With reloads I got mine to shoot a .217" group @ 100 yards, and with same bullet different powder I shot a 2.52" group at 534 +-
 

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Go to a local gun show and get a case (or half case) of Federal Gold Match BTHP's 168 gr. Shot some Hornady which was also great, but for the money the federal GM was good stuff. You can get some stellar prices at gun shows.
 

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175gr rounds DO shoot well from a 20" barreled SPS Tactical. I got a .254MOA group at 100m with my rifle shooting my own reloads which mirror the Remington Premier Match 175gr ammo. You only need a 1-12" for 175gr, if you wanna go higher or shoot higher BC rounds, a 1-10" twist may suit you better.
 

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If you have the 1-9" twist, try the 69gr SMKs, if you wanna shoot the 77gr SMK you will need a 1-8 to 1-7" twist.
 
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