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Old 10-12-2013, 07:29 PM
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RL-33 First Blood

I was fortunate to assist two antelope hunters SE of Great Falls MT. I recently changed load on my 300 RUM using 97.5gr RL-33 with .005" jump. Average MV was 3171 with ES in the teens. First light I conducted drop chart validation followed by the antelope hunt not too far away.

The first hunter allowed me permission to post her picture. She made an amazing 983 yard shoot on this nice buck! Who says LR hunting is only for grown up men?

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Way to go MT LR Hunter!









Following are pictures of 230gr Berger Hybrid Target game damage. These pictures are for educational purpose only for others to consider using advertised target bullets for long range hunting.

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Buck entrance hole 230 Berger Hybrid Target 983 yards

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Buck exit hole 230 Berger Hybrid Target 983 yards

Another hunter had a doe tag and was successful at 923 yards.
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Exit hole on doe shot at 923 yards with Berger 230 Hybrid Target

Take what you want from the pictures regarding terminal performance with Berger target bullets.
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Old 10-12-2013, 07:39 PM
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Re: RL-33 First Blood

Nice story and pics. Thank you for posting. Looks like the bullets work just fine to me. Curious, I have 2 loads worked up for my 300 RUM using Retumbo and Re25. What differences, if any, did you find with the 25 v. the 33 if you tried them both?
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Nice story and pics. Thank you for posting. Looks like the bullets work just fine to me. Curious, I have 2 loads worked up for my 300 RUM using Retumbo and Re25. What differences, if any, did you find with the 25 v. the 33 if you tried them both?
Derek M,

My previous load was with Retumbo. RL-33 provided a 170fps increase with same precision. Quite a noticeable difference. Only major difference is the seating depth with RL-33 close to the lands making my rifle a one shot version. Not a problem with shots like these.
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Congrats! Great report and great shooting!

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Thanks for the report and pics and congrats to the party!

Nice exit holes! I'm guessing impact velocity @ 2200 with KE of 2470.

Ya know, all you have to do is file down those points a little if you want a repeater
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I'm guessing impact velocity @ 2200 with KE of 2470.
Ya know, all you have to do is file down those points a little if you want a repeater
Impact velocity approximately 2155 and 2101 for the ranges, KE in the 2200s for each.

I thought about welding my magazine follower at a 30* angle for at least one round available for repeat!
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That's awesome!!
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