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250 gr. SMK or Scenar for 338LM?

 
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Old 01-08-2008, 09:31 AM
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250 gr. SMK or Scenar for 338LM?

Is there any difference in performance between SMK and Scenar, both 250gr in a 338LM for longe range deer work?
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Old 01-08-2008, 09:52 AM
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Go here: 338 300 grain SMK test results

GoodGrouper also has a thread that shows that the Lapua bullet is pretty good for armour piercing, that is, doesn't open up in flesh but I couldn't find it.
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Old 01-08-2008, 10:02 AM
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I cannot use the 300gr. as my rifle has a 1:12" twist (Sako TRG42)
Will the Sierra 250gr. open up better than the Lapua?
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Old 01-08-2008, 10:59 AM
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I cannot use the 300gr. as my rifle has a 1:12" twist (Sako TRG42)
Will the Sierra 250gr. open up better than the Lapua?
Alot will depend on what distance you are shooting at.
For closer range shots I found that the Scenar was less destructive and more dependable. For longer , plus 500 yard shots then would not hesitate to use the SMK.
Side note, not sure if you are aware , there is a recall on the firing pins of many earlier production TRGs, with yours being a 12 twist you may want to check it out. The new TRGS come 1 in 10 twist
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Old 01-08-2008, 11:29 AM
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I have just sold my TRG-S which had a 1:12" twist.
I have ordered a TRG 42 instead but haven't received it yet.
According to Sako's homepage the twist is still 12" both according to the FAQ page and the data tables.
The beretta US homepage also says 1:12"
I do hope you are right though.

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Old 01-08-2008, 01:25 PM
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This one Roy?
Scenar bullet failure! No really, it was bad.
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Old 01-08-2008, 08:50 PM
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i haven't tested any scenars but did shoot 5, 250 grSMK's into some milk jugs full of water, with wet magazines and one telephone book in between. i did this at 1000 yards this past summer. 3 were regular untouched MK's and the last 2 i drilled open the hollow point a bit, with a .047 drill bit, then touched up the tip with mom's nail file. all 5 opened up, basically completely coming apart making it into and through the fifth milk jug. i've only shot a groundhog at 1030 and a turkey at 560 with them. can't give you any results on big game but i have no doubt they will work perfectly.
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