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Old 09-07-2012, 10:26 PM   #11
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Welcome to the forum!

Someone will be along shortly to discuss ammo I'm sure.

From what I've heard, the Federal Gold Medal is the most accurate factory stuff out there. I've got a couple boxes but never fired any myself.


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Old 09-09-2012, 10:49 AM   #12
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Any quality ammo should function in the 716. I'd buy some 147 gr Federal "American Eagle" ammo and try that. Mine likes it, but I'm primarily a reloader and shoot a lot of Sierra Match Kings.

The 147 Gr. FMJ bullet should shoot well in your 716. Just remember to buy quality ammo. There's a lot of substandard stuff on the market.

For good remanufactured ammo check out Black Hills Ammunition.

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Old 09-10-2012, 06:37 AM   #13
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Mr Howe, I am always looking for advice about ammo. You have had good results with the American Eagle, and I gather that Black Hills has also been satisfactory. You would be correct to speculate that I don't shoot enough to have lots of first hand knowledge of a variety of brands other than winchester, remington, and the other national brands. I am very concerned about eastern Europe, including Ivan.
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:11 AM   #14
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George - Black Hills is Premium Ammunition!

In fact, it's probably over-all the best ammo that's currently available.

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Old 10-21-2012, 11:59 PM   #15
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What type of ammo you feed your rifle will depend on your requirements. Do you want match accuracy or military ball accuracy.

Try Federal Gold Medal Match 168 grainers for match ammo and Federal "American Eagle" 147 gr FMJ's for the latter military accuracy.

My 716 LOVES Lapua 155 grain Scenars used in my handloads.

Hope this helps.

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Old 10-22-2012, 12:04 AM   #16
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Black Hills "remanufactured" ammo is a good deal and quality is good. Find what your rifle likes and buy a case or two, if you can afford it.

The days of quality surplus .308 are pretty much gone. If you can find some of the German stuff it's good. Plan on about .50 cents a round for surplus and a buck a round for current production ball ammo.

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Old 11-02-2012, 06:59 PM   #17
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Follow up range trips?

Wes, Have you gotten to shoot some more off a bench with good ammo to get a feel for what it's capable of?

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Old 11-03-2012, 11:31 PM   #18
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I've fired enough ammo to know the rifle is capable of sub-moa accuracy with match ammunition. It shoots about 1.5-2.0 moa with factory ball ammo.

My results mirror the results of other 716 owners on the Sig Forum.

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Old 01-01-2013, 07:07 PM   #19
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I am new to reloading and my first batch of .308 was a flop. I used 168 gr sierra match king bthp and used brass previously fired through the 716. When I chambered the rounds the bolt would not close all the way and when I went to eject the round the charging handle would not come back. I had to hit it with a padded hammer to eject the round. My coal was 2.800 as called for by the hornady reloading book. I'm not sure what I did wrong but I really don't want to do it again. Thanks

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Old 01-02-2013, 09:05 AM   #20
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It's the brass. I have a similar problem in my M1A with a tight chamber. A small base die should cure the issue. Quality brass helps, too.

Love my 716...

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