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338" 300g SMK

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Old 12-11-2005, 09:17 AM
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Re: 338\" 300g SMK

In my load book it says 2750 fps for the 300gr SMK out of the 338 RUM I haven't shot mine thru my cono. yet but I have them loaded to 2750 fps.
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Old 12-11-2005, 11:41 AM
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Re: 338\" 300g SMK

Untill you seriously start going with the very big, very heavy 338's past 1500yds I think the fast 30's with the right bullet is a better choice.
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Old 12-11-2005, 12:35 PM
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Re: 338\" 300g SMK

Charles, thats almost what I'm thinking. Currently shooting my 300 RUM with 210g VLD's and am quite happy. They are shooting around 3000fps. At 1200 yards, I have something like a little over 1100lbs and 1400fps. The 300g SMK at 2700fps has about the same fps, but has almost 1500lbs at 1200 yards. So basically the 300g just hits a little harder. The big 300g also drops a lot more. Wind drift is almost identical. I still think its hard to beat a 300 RUM with at least a 200g high bc bullet for around 1000 yards. I have no way of rangefinding anything past 800 right now, and the only way I know that "white rock" at 1150 is because I clicked untill I was on, then looked at the charts. Right now, I can say I cant take full advantage of what the 300 RUM has to offer me, so I will probly just stick with it and use the 210g VLD, 220g SMK, or 225g ULD. Those are my 3 bullets of choice for when I rebarrel. On a side note, I went yote hunting this morning with my 300 RUM and some of the 210g VLD's. My dad and I took the foxpro out and within 5 minutes of our first stand, we had a dog running our way. IT was pretty foggy, and visibility was limited to about 250-300 yards. Pretty crappy day, but hey we still had a dog running in. Not exactly long range, but when she stopped at 118 yards, she got way layed by one of them 210g VLD's. I hit her right in the shoulder, completely destryong the offside and almost ripping the whole shoulder off. IT was just hanging by meat basically. I would say the hole was 6-8 inches. There was fur everywhere and it literally almost lifted and flipped the dog when the bullet hit. One of the coolest things I have seen in quite some time. My dad was impressed. That makes coyote #50 and I couldn't have thought of a better rifle/bullet combo to make it happen. DOnt think I will have any problems with this bullet opening up on deer. Just thought I would share a little hunting trip this morning. Thanks to all who replied.
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Old 12-11-2005, 08:13 PM
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Re: 338\" 300g SMK


How are you figuring your energy and fps at range 'x'? What I'm getting at is what is the BC you're using on that 210?

I sure wish we could get together a list of the various BC's for Richard bullets on this site. Seems like we ought to be able to compile a list between all the folks that are using them now.

Maybe I'm coming at this wrong, but I like to 'plug the numbers' into my ballistics program and see what kind of drift and energy a bullet will have at range before I invest the time and money it will take to come up with a good load. So, I'm a little reticent to buy some of Richard's bullets without seeing some BC numbers that we can have a fairly high degree of confidence in.
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Old 12-11-2005, 09:02 PM
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Well I just figured that since my 200g AB load shot 3100 fps, that a 210g should shoot around 3000-3100fps. Also, during load testing at 200 yards, the 210g Bergers were only like 1/2" high, so I knew the velocity was fairtly close to my 3100 matched to my 200g AB load. Usually I would be cronographing those 210g VLD's, but its only because its to cold it wont work. However, I just figured that my loads were shooting 3050fps, I plugged that into my ballistics program, along with a BC of .640 and went shooting. I zeroed at 200 yards, and then went straight to 525. I was only 1 click off at 525. I then swung over to that "white rock" way over there about 1150. My first shot was about 1 ft low. I put about 5 or 6 more clicks up and then proceeded to hit 2 of my next 3 shots, with the 3rd being just slightly high and right. I think all 3 woulda killed a buck or bull for sure. I just pluged and shot. This bullet is not one of Richards, its a Berger VLD. Berger advertises the BC to be .640, and thats what I entered. Seems to be pretty damn close to me, especailly for not cronographing to know exactly what my velocity is.
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