Originally Posted by jwp475
Are you saying that the 338 bullets are not up to par? If so what is your rational?
I am talking strictly about accuracy of 30 cal match bullets compared to .338 match bullets. Many of the top smiths agree. The biggest problem is the number of options of bullets/bullet makers. With the 30 call you have many different bullet makers. With the .338.....not so much....Only Sierra and Lapua come to mind. And, with some of the shooters I know who actualy measure and segragate ALL of their bullets, they say that there is more runout with the bigger bullets.
I know Berger is geting into the .338 market, along with a few others who slip my mind right now. It has been discussed on BRCentral several times, and they are EXTATIC over there!!!
I don't own a .338, but have done the load development for a half dozen. Some shot very well (Lapua's), and some didn't (338-378).
I was actualy impressed with an AR 30/250SMK Lapua. It averaged 1/2 to 3/4 inch 3 shot groups during load development, but was a PIG to clean. It got better to clean after break-in, but it was a two hour job to clean between shots. I use the 1 shot-clean for 10 shots, then a fouler and 3 shot group/clean for another 10 cycles.
As far as being good game bullets, they will put down anything on earth.
But, when you bring four digit distances into the picture......it's a different story. You don't need a tough bullet WAAAAY out there. Terminal velocity is down enough where you don't need a bonded super bullet.....you need a super ACCURATE bullet with as much frontal area as possible. You need to be able to (properly) hit them to kill them.
And when the distance gets way, way out there(1500+), the 30 runs out of steam.
Don't get me wrong....I want a big .338 in a big way. It's a $$$ thing for me right now. I just won't expect match accuracy from it......YET.