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Old 09-11-2006, 05:05 PM
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Re: 338 thunder\'s first blood. Story and pics

Thanks for your kind words everybody. I really appreciate it and am glad that you found the post entertaining.

All the shots were filmed and DVD's are being made today. I should get my copy sometime next week.


WIld Bill,
I actually did design this reamer to utilize the 250 grain Lapua Scenar bullet but rigorous testing with the help of 7mmrhb concluded it was a poor choice for hunting. WHile it may be the best match bullet ever made, it fails miserably in the expansion category as we saw with Craig's ammo yesterday.

I next went to the 250 grain Mk's and tested them in wet phonebooks at 600 yards and 700 yards and the results did not impress me. Some of the bullets opened up and some did not. Almost all of them tumbled through too. While some people use the MK's with great success, I have not seen the 250's work that well. It may be that they have a thicker jacket than the rest of the MK line, I don't know. The 300 grain MK works better probably because of it's sheer size, but we already have a gun that shoots them.


I am anxiously awaiting a 250 grain Accubond but it doesn't sound like they will make one. Nosler claims that it would not stabilize in a 10" twist yet the 200 grain .30 cal Accubond stabilizes in a 10" twist and it is much longer.

I guess I will just have to wait until next year for Berger's 250 grain VLD. It will have a huge bc and will surely open up if they make it with a soft enough jacket. A J4 would be awesome. Until then, I am using the 225 Accubond. <font color="blue"> It may have a lower bc than the 250 MK, but bc never killed any animal. Only bullet construction will do that. </font> And as you can see from the photos, even when an Accubond doesn't touch any bone it will still open up way out there even on a very thin skinned animal. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]


Ps. Craig tried the 142 grain MK's on an elk last year at around 700 or 800 yards. The elk was hit first shot and right in the vitals but the exit wound was the same size as the entry wound and the elk stood in it's tracks for a few minutes before finally rearing up and falling backwards. No expansion was seen when Craig gutted it. It killed it almost like an arrow would have. Trouble is, Craig's rifle is pushing the bullets so fast that Bergers and amax's never make it to the target so he is stuck shooting tougher bullets like Sierra's or Lapuas. But even Sierras don't like to be pushed too hard and shot worse than the Lapuas.
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Re: 338 thunder\'s first blood. Story and pics

GG,

It looks like the 225 gr AB did a decent job of expanding, even with very little resistance. What was the impact velocity and how big was the enterance and exit wounds under the hide?

I know that a 250 gr AB would be much perfered for LRH. I have been constantly reminding Nosler that there is a huge market for a 250 gr AB in 338 cal. I think if you and the rest of the guys keep asking Nosler, they will offer this bullet.

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The impact velocity was 1994 fps and energy was 1986 ft/lbs.

The entrance hole was dime sized and the exit hole was slightly bigger than a quarter. Very good performance considering how far away she was and knowing she was only about 90 pounds soaking wet and only about 10" thick.


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I think if you and the rest of the guys keep asking Nosler, they will offer this bullet.

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Let's hope so. C'mon all you 338 fans, email your requests! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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GG,
Awesome hunt! Accubond continues proving its self!
First, Elk at 820 yards using 180 gr. Accubond in the 300 Win Mag.
Second, Craig takes an Antelope at 1086 yards with the 338 Thunder and 225 gr. Accubond. Do we have any more long range kills with Nosler Accubond passing let's say 700 yards? My son William took a small buck using 200 gr. Accubond with great results but that was at 412 yards.
Congrats to both of you!
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Thanks Eaglet.

Remember Clint's elk from last January at 949 yards? That was a 180 grain Accubond from my 300 win mag as well.

And stay tuned because another one is lining up for the weekend.....
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Yes!!! How did I forget that one? Thanks!
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Re: 338 thunder\'s first blood. Story and pics

I hope I'm not out of line by making the face of the man that made such an awesome shot more visible!
Great Shot!

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