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Old 03-23-2012, 04:25 PM
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Howdy,
I am new to this sight and really to shooting past 300 yards with my big game rifles, and was wanting to know if you guys had any advice on what load i should use for 30-338. I am wanting to be able to hit a pop can at 500 plus with no problem. I was thinking a 180 grain Barnes triple shock????
Any thoughts???????
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:23 PM
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I run high BC, match quality, bullets. I would start with Bergers 230 Hybrid. Second choice, SMK 240, requires 9 twist, but would likely work in a ten in the 30-378. Third choice would be a 200 grain Accubond.

If Barnes are what you like, they'll certainly work well for your range. Five hundred yards quickly becomes a chip shot. The big, high BC bullets really pay off at longer ranges. Get a 230 shooting well, and you'll have a mile of reach.

The big bullets also really help in efficient powder burn in the big cases. This equalls better velocity spreads and better accuracy at long range.
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:36 PM
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I run high BC, match quality, bullets. I would start with Bergers 230 Hybrid. Second choice, SMK 240, requires 9 twist, but would likely work in a ten in the 30-378. Third choice would be a 200 grain Accubond.

If Barnes are what you like, they'll certainly work well for your range. Five hundred yards quickly becomes a chip shot. The big, high BC bullets really pay off at longer ranges. Get a 230 shooting well, and you'll have a mile of reach.

The big bullets also really help in efficient powder burn in the big cases. This equalls better velocity spreads and better accuracy at long range.

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I used the 200 gr SMK at 1000 yard + targets with great success in the 30/338 and feel that the
200 gr bullets should be minimum to get the most out of this round.

With so many good bullets in the range of 200 to 250 grains it is just a matter of which one
your rifle likes best.

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Old 03-24-2012, 11:54 AM
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Thanks a bunch, what scopes do you guys run?
i have a leupold vx-3 right now 4.5-14 but was thinking i may need to bump it up. My sgt was saying that it would make life a thousand times easier with tmr so ive been looking at the mark 4 just because of the crazy good discount active military gets.
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Old 03-24-2012, 12:01 PM
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Now will it matter if the bullet is a match bullet as apposed to a hunting bullet?
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Old 03-24-2012, 12:13 PM
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I like the barnes bullets too and i think the 200 grain lrx would do a fantastic job for your application
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Old 03-24-2012, 01:07 PM
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Now will it matter if the bullet is a match bullet as apposed to a hunting bullet?
This is a heated debate. I've been using Bergers for several years. I have not had a terminal failure. Thousands, if not millions are having great success with them as well. There is no shortage of evidence supporting thier terminal effectiveness. The accuracy and long range performance are superb. Barnes makes a penetrator. Thier bullets are good bullets. Unfortunately, the BC and velocity window they open at leaves a lot to be desired in a long range bullet. The Accubonds are a great compromise.

You should understand how Bergers and other bullets function terminally. They all have different characteristics, different velocity windows, etc.

Your VX3 is a good scope. The mark 4 is a better scope. As for the reticle, I prefer reticles that are the same as my turrets. I use MOA systems. Nightforce and Vortec PST offer reticles I like. The TMR isn't a bad reticle. MOA is simpler for me to use.
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