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Re: 338 Allen Xpress, RL33 load development

Thanks Kirby for the reply. This has been real informative thread
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    Re: 338 Allen Xpress, RL33 load development

    Thanks Kirby for sharing your information.

    Clemens,

    I think you can use RL-33 with a 7mm/300 win mag with the 180 Bergers and have good results.
    RL-33 shines with the 7mm/375 Ruger and 180 bergers. The two have very similar case capacities.


    I built two. One with a 29 3/8" barrel, the other with a 26" barrel.
    Longer barrel uses 83 gr with 180 match target hybrid for velocity of 3200 fps.
    Shorter barrel uses 84 gr with same bullet for velocity of 3070 fps.



    My testing showed that there was no gain in velocity over H-1000 with the 168 gr classic Berger.

    Data comparing 168 classic with RL-33 and H-1000 below. This was in my first barrel a used 24" 7 Rem Mag rechambered to 7mm/375 Ruger.

    moly coated 168 classic H-1000:
    78=3075 shoots very accurately
    79=3090
    80=3115
    81=3135 also quite accurate
    82 3205 vel jump/over the top/some bolt lift resistance

    Moly coated 168 classic RL-33
    85 3072
    86 3093, 3080 not bad group size.
    87 3148 some bolt lift resistance

    If you have RL-33 give it a try with the 180s and the 7mm/300 win mag.
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    Re: 338 Allen Xpress, RL33 load development

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    Wow cool thread Kirby. I will have to try RL33. A local gun shop had some in stock and I have access to an 8 lb jug as well. I want to try the 300 RUM load usng the 230 bergers at 3200+. That sounds awesome! Have you guys seen a big improvement in the 338 Lapua as well? Thanks

    Brandon
    It is ideal for the 338 Lapua. From what we are seeing, looks good with the 250 and 300 gr bullets. It may not show as much advantage with lighter weight 338 cal bullets but there are not many shooting lighter then the 250 for long range shooting anyway.

    Very good in the big 30 cals also.
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    Re: 338 Allen Xpress, RL33 load development

    I loaded up a few rounds of RL-33 for pressure tests.

    99gr of RL-33 is showing same velocity as 94gr Retumbo with the 300 SMK in my Lapua. There is some velocity increase with the RL-33 over Retumvo with the Bergers.

    This makes me wonder if the improved cases are taking more advantage of the RL-33.
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    Re: 338 Allen Xpress, RL33 load development

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    Is the step up in performance rl33 seems to bringing to the table only usable in large capacity magnums? Would magnums like 7rm-.300wm possibly benefit as well or is the cases to small? Same question for short magnums as well?
    It might work with the heavier bullets in the 7-300 WM but it is a slow powder, close to 50 BMG in burn rate. It is better suited for the more overbore cartridges. That said, the 7-300 WM is probably close to the 338 AX in overbore factor. Kirby would know better. I doubt it would work well in the 7 and 300 WSMs. Maybe in the 270 WSM. I think it will do well in the 6.5 WSM which I will be trying and it has already shown good results in the 6-284 which I also will be trying.
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    I loaded up a few rounds of RL-33 for pressure tests.

    99gr of RL-33 is showing same velocity as 94gr Retumbo with the 300 SMK in my Lapua. There is some velocity increase with the RL-33 over Retumvo with the Bergers.

    This makes me wonder if the improved cases are taking more advantage of the RL-33.
    Could be or maybe the improved version has enough extra capacity to take advantage of the slower burn rate. It's interesting that they advertise specifically for the 338 LM and secondarily for the large mags. It seems to work better in cartridges that are more over bore than the 338 LM.
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    Re: 338 Allen Xpress, RL33 load development

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    .... I think it will do well in the 6.5 WSM which I will be trying and it has already shown good results in the 6-284 which I also will be trying.

    Good to know I was thinking the same thing with the 160's in the 6.5wsm... could be just the ticket? Not sure about the -284 with your 100's, you may have better luck with DTACS & RL-33 but don't let me sway you! I'm just as curious to see as you are


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