Originally Posted by NONYA
Looking for those experienced with the 8mag and 180 gr bullets.Ill be shooting 180 gr Barnes TSX loaded to the Nosler books max load with IMR 4350.Does anyone have experience with this load or a similar one so i can aquire some drop table knowledge from you before I start working on this next project?Thanx Guys
It's good to hear that there are others out there who like this cartridge. I tried a while ago to start a thread on this cartirdge but didn't have any takers. Obviously there are bigger and better cartridges, ones that will push heavier, slicker bullets faster. But there's just something magical about the 8mm Remington Magnum. I have some experience with the Big 8, I currently own two. The first one was a present from my folks in 1990 and I bought another one just this spring. The one I got in 1990 is currently undergoing a "long range" treatment, including a pillar bedding job and a 30" Lilja bbl. Over the years I tried the 200gr Partition, the 180gr Ballistic Tip and the 220gr Sierra Game King. BY FAR the best performance I had was with the Sierra. I can't remember the load exactly but it was right at max with H4831 (or H4831 SC). I was getting right at 2950 with a 24" factory bbl, .5" groups at 100 yards and I could regularly smack a 2' gong at 500 yards. I had horrible accuracy with the Ballistic Tip which I tried with RL25 and another powder I can't recall. The Partition was just a bit less accurate than the Sierra, and one sailed completely through, front to back, the first antelope I killed. Originally this was to be an Elk gun, but of course it shot so good that I used it on everything. I killed a huge bodied Muley buck at just under 300 yards with the Sierra and that bullet struck him with a great deal of authority. In my opinion I would stay away from the lighter bullets as they are desigend for the slower 8mm cartridges, and they have poor BCs. You might look up some articles by Craig Boddington as he is a big fan of the 8, infact one of the articles he wrote back in the 80's for G&A about it swayed me toward this cartridge as opposed to the .340 Wby.
The one I bought this spring will be my "African Plains Rifle", if I ever get there. It's got a break, synthetic stock and a solid Leupold 3-9. I'm planning on loading some Woodley 250gr Round Noses for it, and until I get to Africa this will be my go to "carry around in the woods" gun. Yeah, I've got lots of pistols but there's just something about 4100 pounds of energy that makes me smile. If you're interested I'll keep you up to speed as I work up a load this winter with the 30"bbl and the 220 Sierra.