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if you could only use one .338 bullet, what would it be?

 
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Old 08-15-2009, 11:41 AM
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if you could only use one .338 bullet, what would it be?

I was just sitting at my reloading bench, went to do load development for my .338 RUM and realized I only have 21 primers. I have three bullets to try and two powders. what bullet should I use? I cannot get my hands on primers right know, so this may be all the ammo I can load for the first bit of hunting season (I'll have to limit my range of course). The powders are Retumbo and RL 25. The bullets are -300 grain SMK B.C -.768
-250 grain Barnes III Shock B.C-.521
-225 grain Hornandy interbond B.C-.430

thanks guys, Ill be waiting.
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Re: if you could only use one .338 bullet, what would it be?

Get more primers
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Re: if you could only use one .338 bullet, what would it be?

my go to bullet in my 338 rum was the hornady 250 sp, bc around .430 but down range to 800 yds used the same aiming point as the 250 accubond. the best thing was they only cost $35.00-$38.00 for 100 bullets. my load was 98 grains of RL 25 at 3050 fps. I used the 300 smk for shots beyond 800 yds. my 300 smk load was 91 grains of RL 25 at 2740 fps. I used the barnes 225 triple shock one year and the on game performance was second to none but the wind drift was horrable. my load for the barnes was 98 grains of RL 25 at 3285 fps.
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Old 08-15-2009, 07:26 PM
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Re: if you could only use one .338 bullet, what would it be?

I use 300 SMKs in my .338 Lapua with RL 25.. been happy with the results...
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Re: if you could only use one .338 bullet, what would it be?

With the three bullets you have listed its a no brainer realy, if you are going to hunt deer.

Just load the Hornady 225 grain bullet. The BC is a bit higher than what you listed!!!!

When you have stocked up on other components, then you can play with the others.

If you want one bullet that will do it all. Get the 250 grain Hornady BTHP match projectile. Puts big holes in things.
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Re: if you could only use one .338 bullet, what would it be?

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I was just sitting at my reloading bench, went to do load development for my .338 RUM and realized I only have 21 primers. I have three bullets to try and two powders. what bullet should I use? I cannot get my hands on primers right know, so this may be all the ammo I can load for the first bit of hunting season (I'll have to limit my range of course). The powders are Retumbo and RL 25. The bullets are -300 grain SMK B.C -.768
-250 grain Barnes III Shock B.C-.521
-225 grain Hornandy interbond B.C-.430

thanks guys, Ill be waiting.
My preference is the 225 gr Accubond = BC .550
And the 250gr Accubond =BC .578

I like the Hornady Interbond but the Accubond seems to work the best for me.

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Old 08-16-2009, 12:17 AM
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Re: if you could only use one .338 bullet, what would it be?

The long answer is to put the 300 SMKs up for auction. With the $ from that wind fall primers can be ordered from anyplace in the world and shipped express!

With the confidence that more primers are on the way you can start working up a load with the 225s. They will do the job for ya.
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