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I recently bought a Palmetto State Armory PA-10, semi automatic .308. An AR-10 by all accounts. I haven't loaded for it yet, but intend to do just that. I know to use a medium burn rate powder, and 150-165 grain bullets are my choice. My question is, have any of y'all loaded for one of these, and what were your results?

I have run 60 rounds of PPU .308 through it and it worked fine. Also fired 40 rounds of 7.62 X 51 without any trouble. Seems to be an accurate rifle. (after I retightened a loose scope mount)
 

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Great info SUB

My Speer Manual has loads for gas guns.

Also highly recommend the case gage. I have some from Dillon for all the semi auto's.

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My Armalite AR 10 likes this load:

Mil. Surp. brass (LC, CAVIM, etc.),
CCI #200 Large Rifle Primer,
Accurate 2460 - 40.5 grains,
Remington 165 grain PSPCL bullet,
COL 2.750,
Lee Factory Crimp Die set at 1/2 turn.

This load shoots 1MOA or less from my 20" AR10, at any distance out to 1,000 yards.
 

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This is supposed to be the famed Federal Gold Medal Match recipe. I've loaded it and shot it out of a number of my .308s. They all do well with it. It's my go to round that I know I can pick up any of my guns and expect them to shoot well.

Case: Federal GMM .308 fire formed and match prepped (I use a number of diff brass)
Primer: Federal 210-GMM
Bullet: 168 grain SMK
Powder: 43.2 grains (?) or 43.5 grains (?) of IMR-4064
COL: 2.800"
 

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Ninwnc, I use IMR 3031 (for both .308 Win and .223 Rem), Hornady bullets, CCI primers. Works great in AR-10s /AR-15s and bolt action rifles. Note: I did the loads for the bolt actions rifles and then tried them in the ARs. All extremely accurate.
Note 2: I use V-Max 55gr for our .223 Rem and for the .308 Win, it's the A-Max 168 gr or SST 165gr.
 

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Thanks for all the responses. I have been loading my .223s with 25.9 grains of W748, Winchester Small Rifle primers, and 55 grain Hornady FMJBT bullets. Works well for me. Now to learn to feed the .308.
 

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that 748 might work there too.
one thing I have noticed about 748 is it does a whole ton better if the case is full or super close to full.
 

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one thing I have noticed about 748 is it does a whole ton better if the case is full or super close to full.
I agree and you will never get a dangerous double charge if the first charge fills the case enough to overflow in the event you accidentally do a double. I also try and minimized the number of different powders for reloading so any time I can use a single powder for multiple calibers, it really makes life easier and more cost effective.
 

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that 748 might work there too.
one thing I have noticed about 748 is it does a whole ton better if the case is full or super close to full.
748 WILL work there. (for 308) This ball powder was created for this round and it's development in the early 50's. You might find a slightly more accurate round for a particular rifle, but nothing else will equal the velocity for a 165 or 168 gr bullet without pressure being to high.
 

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I loaded up some 145 gr FMJBT bullets over 48 grains of W748, and crimped them into the crimp grove of PPU brass. WLR primers. The 48 grains of W748 fills the case almost full.

I went to the range yesterday afternoon, to test fire some of them. They fed well and there was no problem with jambs or stove piping. I like this PA-10.
 
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748 WILL work there. (for 308) This ball powder was created for this round and it's development in the early 50's. You might find a slightly more accurate round for a particular rifle, but nothing else will equal the velocity for a 165 or 168 gr bullet without pressure being to high.
I see your Win748 and raise you with CFE-223. :p:p:p:p

In my reloading of my AR-10 and 308 Rifles I have noticed that CFE-223 will give you higher velocities than 748, BL-C(2), and Varget. It meters as well as BL-C(2) and 748 since it's a ball powder.

I really like the CFE-223 and BL-C(2) for non match loading. It's accurate don't get me wrong but I am mostly loading my non match ammo with it.
 

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All I can tell you is H4895 is my go to non magnum rifle powder. Unfortunately, my only .308 is a converted 1916 Spanish Mauser. All I load for it is low pressure rounds.
 
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748 WILL work there. (for 308) This ball powder was created for this round and it's development in the early 50's. You might find a slightly more accurate round for a particular rifle, but nothing else will equal the velocity for a 165 or 168 gr bullet without pressure being to high.
Never shot pp2000 or cfe have ya? I sling 185 juggernauts at 2750 with pp2k
 
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