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Old 11-19-2019, 12:45 PM   #1
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Just curious and looking for more information.

Iím shooting a DPMS AR10, .308 with a 1:10 twist.

What ammo do you recommend to get the best groupings?

Also, what ammo brand, grain and bullet type do you recommend to shoot for deer/axis hunting?
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Old 11-19-2019, 01:01 PM   #2
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My AR10 has same twist and it didnt like the 150gr ammo much but shoots great with the 165gr. I'm using the Honrady 165gr Superformance.
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Old 11-19-2019, 01:34 PM   #3
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165gr Federal Fusion or the 168gr Speer Gold Dot.
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Old 11-19-2019, 01:36 PM   #4
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My AR10 has same twist and it didnt like the 150gr ammo much but shoots great with the 165gr. I'm using the Honrady 165gr Superformance.
Itís funny that you say this because I think that my rifle hates the 150 grain also. My groupings are pretty sporadic.....The DPMS website recommends a 160+ grain bullet for the 1:10 so I ordered some 168 grain. I canít wait to see how they shoot.
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Old 11-19-2019, 01:38 PM   #5
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I have a DPMS AR10 with 24" barrel
I currently reload with 178 Amax, and around 43.0 gns of Varget. I remember around 0.6" groups. It has been a few years since I was messing with it. I have unfortunately been occupied with many other things. I know I checked headspace every time, and didn't trim as often. COAL 2.755, trim length 2.009

The long tip on the Amax can cause problems in the mag if you don't set overall length correct. It's a really good bullet for deer and hogs. It makes the insides look like they were tossed in a blender.
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Old 11-19-2019, 01:39 PM   #6
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Mine shoots 165+ best. AMAX is good.
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Old 11-19-2019, 02:04 PM   #7
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If I am hog hunting I shoot 168 grain soft point steel case wolf. If I am hunting for any other species I shoot the 168 grain Maker Overwatch.

I have been really impressed with the wolf ammo actually, the makers ammo is just flat out incredible.
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Old 11-19-2019, 05:02 PM   #8
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I have tried numerous ammos, everything from 150-180gr, the best groupings i am getting is from the Nosler 165gr BT's
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Old 11-19-2019, 05:13 PM   #9
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Itís funny that you say this because I think that my rifle hates the 150 grain also. My groupings are pretty sporadic.....The DPMS website recommends a 160+ grain bullet for the 1:10 so I ordered some 168 grain. I canít wait to see how they shoot.
Yea generally with the 1:10 twist, the heavier 160gr+ bullets typically group and shoot better. For me it was drastically better. Try the 165gr or 168gr bullets.
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Old 11-19-2019, 05:18 PM   #10
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Just curious and looking for more information.

Iím shooting a DPMS AR10, .308 with a 1:10 twist.

What ammo do you recommend to get the best groupings?

Also, what ammo brand, grain and bullet type do you recommend to shoot for deer/axis hunting?
I'm in the process of building an AR-10. I have a fully assembled lower, but I can't seem to find a full upper on DPMS website. Any suggestions?
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Old 11-19-2019, 05:19 PM   #11
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Mine likes core lokt but really prints well with hornaday match 168bthp
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Old 11-19-2019, 05:21 PM   #12
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I'm in the process of building an AR-10. I have a fully assembled lower, but I can't seem to find a full upper on DPMS website. Any suggestions?
Palmetto State Armory.
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Old 11-19-2019, 05:40 PM   #13
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165 - 168 grain work good. Fusion or Federal Premium. Clean barrel too. Stupid accurate.
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Old 11-19-2019, 06:12 PM   #14
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My AR-10 has a 16 inch 1-10 twist. It likes 175 match ammo.
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Old 11-19-2019, 06:31 PM   #15
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I shoot 150 grain Cor Lokt.
Why? $18/box vs $42/box for Hornady gmx

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Old 11-19-2019, 07:18 PM   #16
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I have noticed that with the core-lokt i had to grind off the excess lead on the tip because sometimes i would have failure to feeds cause they would hang up on the feed ramps...went to hornaday match an never looked back
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Old 11-19-2019, 07:23 PM   #17
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Awesome. I’ll give them a lookin at. Thank you much.
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Old 11-19-2019, 07:27 PM   #18
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Palmetto State Armory.
10-4. Iíll give them a look. Iíd like to get it built and shooting.
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Old 11-19-2019, 08:00 PM   #19
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178 eldx precision Hornady shoots best in mine. 150 will shoot just not group as well.
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Old 11-19-2019, 09:54 PM   #20
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165gn Nosler Ballistic Tip over 45gns of Varget... lights out


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Old 11-19-2019, 10:00 PM   #21
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Mine likes 165gr Federal Fusion
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Old 11-19-2019, 10:10 PM   #22
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I have the DPMS AR-10 with the 24 inch barrel same 1 in 10 twist and it loves the Remington 150 gr core-lokt. It shoots nickel size groups at 100yds. I’m happy with that and happy that the ammo is about $19 a box.
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Old 11-19-2019, 10:10 PM   #23
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Ive got a Sig 716 patrol 1:10 twist that was surprisingly accurate with a 168gr match bullet from SSA before they were bought by Nosler. I paid like $22 a box, wish I’d have bought more.

I hunt with Barnes ttsx in 168 that shoots well but I’m not overly impressed with the performance and definitely not impressed with the price. I don’t think the barrel is long enough to get the full performance of the copper bullet so I’m still looking for a better hunting round.
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Old 11-19-2019, 10:32 PM   #24
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Mine loves the cheap Remington 150 grain core loc
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Old 11-19-2019, 10:52 PM   #25
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Can’t believe there have been this many posts about .308 and nobody said federal gold medal match. My PSA AR-10 shoots the 168 gr a little better than the 175 but both shoot well.

If you can’t get a respectable group out of the federal match it’s likely the rifle. If you are shooting the factory trigger that would be the first opportunity to improve accuracy.
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Old 11-19-2019, 10:53 PM   #26
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Also what optic/mount are you running?
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Old 11-19-2019, 11:29 PM   #27
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Canít believe there have been this many posts about .308 and nobody said federal gold medal match. My PSA AR-10 shoots the 168 gr a little better than the 175 but both shoot well.

If you canít get a respectable group out of the federal match itís likely the rifle. If you are shooting the factory trigger that would be the first opportunity to improve accuracy.
It has a Timney Drop In trigger
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Old 11-19-2019, 11:30 PM   #28
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Also what optic/mount are you running?
Thatís the ATX-Sight 4K Pro with the provided rings from ATN.
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Old 11-20-2019, 03:05 PM   #29
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How bad have groups been with the 150 grain ammo you’ve run through it?
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Old 11-20-2019, 03:22 PM   #30
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How bad have groups been with the 150 grain ammo youíve run through it?
2.5-3 inches.
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Old 11-20-2019, 03:25 PM   #31
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Mine will shoot about MOA with Hornady Precision Hunter loaded ammo at 100yds.
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Old 11-24-2019, 05:29 PM   #32
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Canít believe there have been this many posts about .308 and nobody said federal gold medal match. My PSA AR-10 shoots the 168 gr a little better than the 175 but both shoot well.

If you canít get a respectable group out of the federal match itís likely the rifle. If you are shooting the factory trigger that would be the first opportunity to improve accuracy.
That is THE best shooting ammo 98% of the time in .308. Not worth a poo for hunting, though.
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Old 11-24-2019, 07:49 PM   #33
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That is THE best shooting ammo 98% of the time in .308. Not worth a poo for hunting, though.
Shot a good sized pig in the butt last year and it stopped it in its tracks.


But yes I wouldnít truck shooting through the shoulder of a deer or bigger animal.
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Old 11-25-2019, 08:31 AM   #34
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Fusions shot well in mine.
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Old 11-25-2019, 10:43 AM   #35
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Hornady black 168 grain. Have run through almost 3K rounds so far this year with my thermal hunters and it has not let me down.
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Mine like Federal 165 Trophy Bonded
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