Re: 250gr. match 338 hornady.
i'm kinda in the same boat with Ranger. i viewed these as a possible deer hunting bullet. i like the 250gr over the 300 because of less hang time to 1k, and the BC and larger hollow point of the Hornady was of course attractive. initially, without any load developement, accuracy was close to what i was getting with the 250SMK's. then i wanted to do some terminal performance, which i did at 300 and 700 yards. i can say there's no doubt in my mind they would perform very well on game at long range, so i went about trying to get accuracy at longer ranges. i just couldn't get acceptable accuracy. i can usually shoot the SMK's 1-2" at 300, 2-3" at 500. the Hornady's were about double that. i didn't get anywhere near the, i think piss poor was the term Ranger used, sized groups. but having considerable better accuracy with the PROVEN Sierra's, why bother with the Hornady's, especially at close to twice the price.
my understanding is they are bringing out an A-max in 338. i'm deffinitely going to try that as the A-max's have a proven accuracy and killing record.
a 200gr nosler at 3660.....ouch!
Last edited by davewilson; 10-26-2008 at 09:48 AM.