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.338 Berger 300 grain OTM Tactical bullet ??

 
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Old 03-16-2012, 01:16 AM
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.338 Berger 300 grain OTM Tactical bullet ??

So what's the deal, I know they came out with a generation II hybrid. Is this the same bullet? I only see the tactical listed on their website, is this the only .338 300 grain bullet now? How are they different? Or are they?
Thanks and my apologies if this has already been discussed, feel free to post some links.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:54 AM
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Re: .338 Berger 300 grain OTM Tactical bullet ??

Yes, Some one will post links. In short the target or tact., non hunting designated bullet. Has I believe a .005, thicker jacket, for fast target type strings. I calipered a piece of paper on my desk at .004. I read where Shawn C. and Kirby A. both pushed them hard, and they survived Several of us on here have been putting game in the dirt with them.
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:12 PM
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Re: .338 Berger 300 grain OTM Tactical bullet ??

The Gen II, thicker jacket has become the Tactical OTM, and is not recommended for hunting (although it's difficult for 300 grains of supersonic metal to not be lethal).

Nevertheless, we will be re-introducing the thinner jacket Gen I bullet with it's known upper pressure/velocity limit well understood and published, for those hunters who desire the rapid expansion characteristics of Berger Hunting bullets. These two bullets will be identical on the outside, the only difference being jacket thickness. Of course the hunting bullets will not be recommended for use in cartridges larger than .338 Lapua Mag because of the known structural limitations of that bullet.

0.005" isn't much, but considering the jacket is only ~0.025" thick; 0.005" is 20%. If I'm remembering my material-strength studies from college, structural integrety is proportional to the square (or cube...?) of thickness. In other words, the 20% thicker jacket could be more than 44% stronger which results in very significant differences in terminal performance.

In addition to the above two bullets, there will also soon be a .338 SAAMI length Hunting Hybrid which, as the name implies, will be better suited for loading to magazine length. This bullet will have a shorter nose, and hence more drag and lower BC than the 'Optimized' hybrids. Of course these are necessary concessions to make for the sake of practicality.

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Old 03-16-2012, 12:55 PM
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Re: .338 Berger 300 grain OTM Tactical bullet ??

Thanks for the replies fellas!
BTW Brian I just downloaded "Shooter" to my iPhone and Love it!
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Old 03-16-2012, 04:00 PM
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Re: .338 Berger 300 grain OTM Tactical bullet ??

Brian,
So are you saying that the 338 cal. 250 gr Hybrid OTM Tactical driven at 3100 to 3200 fps wouldn't be a good hunting bullet. I just tested those and really like them. A lot of guys hunt with only the target VLD's and have very good results. Michelle said a hunting version would be coming out. Do you know when and how much thinner is the jacket.
So you are saying the jacket on the 250 OTM is also .025 thick?
Just trying to get an idea if I can use the 250 Hybrid for hunting this fall.
Thank you
Tarey
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Old 03-16-2012, 04:23 PM
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Re: .338 Berger 300 grain OTM Tactical bullet ??

Tarey, we hunted all last season with the 300 Berger OTM's and also the 230 OTM's. Many elk, deer and antelope were taken, over 11 animals total at all distances to 1000 yds. All DRT. Not trying to answer for Bryan. Just stating facts. If your rifle shoots them well, I would not have one worry.

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Old 03-16-2012, 05:29 PM
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Re: .338 Berger 300 grain OTM Tactical bullet ??

Thanks, Jeff
That's all I wanted to know.
I get 200 of the 250's free for doing the testing for Berger and wanted to use them for hunting. I just want to feel confident with the bullet I use.
Tarey
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