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Old 12-21-2009, 09:08 AM
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Re: Lets talk .338 bullets

I know that this is longrangehunting, but has anybody tested the lightest (160gr) TTSX bullet in .338 both for accuracy and on on live targets? I'm not a reloader, but might turn one.

If it does work as intended it should be a very pleasant bullet for deer and elk (moose) to shoot out of a light mountain rifle. With a high relative muzzle velocity and a large diameter coupled with very deep penetration it should do the job if placed well.


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P.S: If anybody follows the same routine (lightest monolitihic bullet for that caliber) he should PM me. Thanks.
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:50 AM
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Re: Lets talk .338 bullets

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Has anyone had any bad experience of barnes bullets? Either not expnding or expanding poorly.

I have not herd of this hapening with .338 caliber bullets but I have with .308 calibre bullets.

This has been the reason why I have not considered these bullets for my rifle.
It is an odd fenomenon how some bullets act differently. I have had mixed results with the
30 cal Barnes (some expanded,some lost the petals and some didn't expand at all) hit in
the same spot. And some that were heavy bone hits and didn't bring them down for several
hundred yards.

On the other hand the .416 Barnes are great and perform perfectly every time and other than
severe copper fouling (Solved by molly coating) are my bullet of choice for the big bores.

The swift A Frames are the other choice on dangerous game that need .375 or bigger bullets.

I have used many other brands on 338 and down and "my" bullets of choice based on all round
performance (Accuracy,terminal performance,consistant expansion at the recomended velocities,
Wind bucking ability and minimum fouling are :225gr accubond, 250gr accubond,250gr partition,
250gr Swift A frame,225gr Hornady SST and the 225gr Barnes TSX.

This is just on my experiences on game. BCs are important but not the only thing to consider.

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Old 12-21-2009, 06:51 PM
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liltank, It's a .338/.416 Rigby with 40 deg shoulder. It's a huge case and I've always wondered what it was capable of and it's case life. Sound pretty similar to a 338 Lap Imp, but I'm hoping the the Lap brass will last longer. Kirby's building a 338AX for me... Still sounds like the 338/378 Weatherby is a bit more powerful potentially, but from what I've heard, brass life is pretty bad.

Thanks, Ron, giving us the stats on that monster!

Jon
What to you get that 338AX. You woun't belive how far you can shoot and how accurat. I have had mine a year. I put over 500 rounds already and i was gone for 5 month. I am shooting a 2980 right now i was shoot at 3020 when i got it from Kirby. This just does not kick much with his brake. All i yous is 300 gr smk. I mainly shoot from 900 yards to 1760 yds. I would like to shoot longer but the rangefinder just go much more.
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Old 12-23-2009, 03:24 PM
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Re: Lets talk .338 bullets

I may have missed it in the 6 pages of posts, but I have not heard anyone mention the various custom LR bullets I hear about from time to time. I believe there is a picture of one of the aluminum tiped bullets sticking out of a 338 Allen Mag floating around here somewhere. I have a pic of an edge, a 338 Lapua, a 338 Lapua AX and a 338 Allen Mag with the custom bullet lined up together. I'm just not smart enough to figure out how to post it here. The aluminum tipped bullet looked awsome. How do they perform on game? How do they shoot?
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Old 12-23-2009, 06:50 PM
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Re: Lets talk .338 bullets

I'm new to the reloading arena. Has anyone tried the .338 bullets from Lapua? The Scenars HPBT have 300/250gr with BC of .785/.675 respectively.
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Old 12-23-2009, 07:20 PM
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Re: Lets talk .338 bullets

Good question Fitz,the 250 and 300 scenars shoot great in my 338 lap,but i have never tried them on game,i would also like to know how they perform,they are nearly half the price of SMK's down under.
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Re: Lets talk .338 bullets

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I'm new to the reloading arena. Has anyone tried the .338 bullets from Lapua? The Scenars HPBT have 300/250gr with BC of .785/.675 respectively.
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Good question Fitz,the 250 and 300 scenars shoot great in my 338 lap,but i have never tried them on game,i would also like to know how they perform,they are nearly half the price of SMK's down under.

This bullet has been up for discussion. I can tell it you will not expand in game. It is a shame because they are very accurate bullets. I have seen this discussion before and a lot of guys will agree with me. They have even done the wet news paper test to see what would happen. They looked like one piece banana's when they pulled them out. Hope that helps.

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