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Old 12-31-2010, 05:28 PM
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.338 Shooters: Whats your bullet?

So that's the question. What bullet do you use, goin' how fast and for what application?
I've been using 300SMK's for long shots goin' 2750-2780 (elevation, tempature dependant), and 210 Barnes TTSX's goin' 3390fps. I think I may step the 210's up to 225's or go to a 250 grain NAB or GK so that Im not messing with two loads. Ohh I shoot a .338 RUM with a 1-10 twist and a 26" tube+2" brake.
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Old 01-01-2011, 02:49 AM
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So that's the question. What bullet do you use, goin' how fast and for what application?
I've been using 300SMK's for long shots goin' 2750-2780 (elevation, tempature dependant), and 210 Barnes TTSX's goin' 3390fps. I think I may step the 210's up to 225's or go to a 250 grain NAB or GK so that Im not messing with two loads. Ohh I shoot a .338 RUM with a 1-10 twist and a 26" tube+2" brake.
Thanks for lookin.

Shot 5 deer with the 250 SMK at 3175-3200 in a 338 RUM. Unfortunately, the farthest shot was 525. No exit hole was smaller than baseball size. I shot one at 450 that you could put a foot ball through. It is a 30" 12 twist lilja.
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Old 01-01-2011, 02:59 AM
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Re: .338 Shooters: Whats your bullet?

Used to shoot 300 SMKs exclusively. Switched to Berger 300 Hybrids at the velocity range you state. I see no reason to ever deviate from the Bergers.
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Old 01-01-2011, 05:53 AM
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Re: .338 Shooters: Whats your bullet?

I have used the "Old" Hornady 250 grain BTHP Match bullet with good success but recently they upgraded their match bullet jackets and now they appear too thick to be reliable on game at lower velocity.

I have used the 300 grain SMK with good results but am suspect on there performance on large game past 800 yards out of my .338 Edge. The Bergers are not available here.

I have also used Hornady 225 grain Soft points with great success out of a .338WM, a very reliable game getter.

Looking to use 225 Hornady SST's out of my .338 RUM once my supply of "Old" style Hornady 250 grain match bullets is used up.

Very disapointed that the 285 grain Hornady A-Max bullet did not come out with a plastic tip.

What we need is a plastic tipped 250 grain bullet that has a better B.C. than the 250 grain Nosler Accubond.
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Re: .338 Shooters: Whats your bullet?

i shoot a .338 Lapua Mag and use 250 grn Sierra Game Kings for elk and 250 Match Kings for every thing else.
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Im breaking in my .338 Edge and using 300gr SMKs only so far on a 9.3 twist. might be too fast for the 250gr SMKs but for short range im gonna consider a lighter 250gr pill. Im a Sierra fan but would like to try the 300gr Barnes but it has the lack of BC.
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Re: .338 Shooters: Whats your bullet?

250gr Nosler Partitions at 2850 in a .340 with a 26" Lawton barrel. 300gr Smkhps at 2780 in a .338 x .378 with a 27.25" Shilen barrel. Both are 10 twist and both have brakes adding to overall length. The .340 is hard loaded and the .338 x .378 is lightly loaded. Still bumping it up. Expect to top out around 2850.

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