Re: 338 Lapua load development with 300 grain Sierra
Those groups were shot at 200yds so the bullet tip didn't cause that much variation. It may or may not cause some but it would probably be measured in thousnads of an inch and not 1/2"+ increments as you are seeing at 200yds. We're seeing differences measured in 2-3" of vertical at 1000yds to give you an idea.
I would say you are experiencing load developement issues (assuming you felt comfortable with your shooting behind the rifle [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] ) I see your going is .2gr increments which is good based on my experience with this Lapua case. 1/2gr increments is too course from what I can tell for whatever reason. It doesn't make sense, but that is what shows on paper for me and some other 338 shooters also.
Could be that H1000 isn't the powder for your combo. What primer are you using? I beleive you mentioned that conditions weren't the best...... don't underestimate the conditions in which you shot them!!!
But to directly answer your second question, David's bullet tip tool is around $30 I think.
[ 04-08-2003: Message edited by: Steve Shelp ]