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Author Topic: 178 gr amax vs 175 smk  (Read 4645 times)

Offline manhoer

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178 gr amax vs 175 smk
« on: 08:41 AM, 07/13/12 »
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  • has anyone compared the two.I know it depends on your rifle which one will shoot the best.but in your opinion which one of these to 178 gr amax or 175 smk in 308 is the clear winner.

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    178 gr amax vs 175 smk
    « Reply #1 on: 09:18 AM, 07/13/12 »
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  • I don't think there is a CLEAR winner between the two.  For my personal use, accuracy trumps all.  I think the 178 A-max has a slightly higher BC, but if the SMK shot 1/4 and the A-max a 1/2, I'm going with the SMK!  I think you will be fine with either.

    I loaded 168 A-max's and NCC's the other day.  When I shot them, they were very similar at 400 yards on steel.  I do prefer the A-max's though.

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    « Reply #2 on: 09:25 AM, 07/13/12 »
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  • My M1A preffered the 178 HPBT from hornady over the 175 anything.  But again that is just one rifle.  I miss being able to get that cheaper than what it is now.  :'(
    Old guns like old friendships are long retained and must be constantly renewed.  James V. Howe The modern gunsmith Pub. 1934\

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    178 gr amax vs 175 smk
    « Reply #3 on: 08:56 AM, 07/14/12 »
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  • 175 SMK seems to work better for me 600 and out. 
    Just the facts!

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    178 gr amax vs 175 smk
    « Reply #4 on: 12:06 PM, 07/14/12 »
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  • I shoot 178s with my T2K but when shooting my GAP it liked 175 w/ 178 a close 2nd.  Every rifle has favorites and I have no better answer than that. I did find that MAX load didn't perform as well as a "niche' load and that was shooting from 600 to 1K. I did find that my T2K preferred IMR 4895 over N150. Go figure !!
    Regards, Will

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    178 gr amax vs 175 smk
    « Reply #5 on: 12:43 PM, 07/16/12 »
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  • I shoot F-TR with a 30" Krieger in a trued R700 action.
    I've fired thousands of 175SMKs and half as many Berger 185LRBTs at 1000 yards.  In the search for a more cost effective option last weekend I tried the 178HPBT for the first time in a comp.  Shooting with a load that I've had no opportunity to work on seating depth, just  pointed them, stuck them in virgin WW brass, 0.010 off the lands over 44.4 Varget they shot a solid .75MOA vertical at 1000.  I figure I can probably improve than with a little work.

    The shoot about 2.5MOA less elevation than the 175SMK and about 1MOA more than the 185 Berger. 

    I likes em a lot, esp at about 17ยข per bullet less than Bergers.

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    « Reply #6 on: 11:03 AM, 07/17/12 »
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  • I've been gearing up for our Fall - Winter 1,000 yd matches.

    A friend gave me 25 bullets 178 Amax's to try in my 30-06.
    Savage model 112 BVSS   26 " barrel 1 in 10 " twist.

    Using Varget ( 47.3 grs ) and .030" off the lands produced groups that were closer together at 300 yds and 1,000 yds that the 175 Sierras.

    I've now got a box of 100 AMAX's that I will use in this next competition.

    Amazing what3 grains will do for accuracy


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