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338 SST 225 grain?

 
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Old 03-04-2004, 10:59 AM
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338 SST 225 grain?

Got a box just out of curiosity. They look and measure good.



They are lighter than I would like for moose but Ill see what I can come up with anyway. Maybe a good varmint bullet in 338 LM. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

Has anyone here used these on game?
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Old 03-04-2004, 11:25 AM
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Re: 338 SST 225 grain?

Petander,

What load did you cook up for them (powder brand, how many grains, OAL). I see the Vihtivouri reloading manual out [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] If I remenber right you have a Sako TRG-s. Do these rounds fit the magazine? I used to load the 200 gr Nosler Ballistic tip. I am trying the 225gr Accubond this year. Have not shot it yet. I am using N165.

Matt
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Old 03-04-2004, 06:20 PM
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Re: 338 SST 225 grain?

Gentlemen,thank you very much,good info. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]


Matt, Im using Vihtavuori N165 as well. I cooked up four loads to start with, two of which are around Vihtavuori max which is 6.28 grains. It should give 3050 fps or so, I will chrono these first to get some idea where Im at and start a bit lower of course.

3000-3100 fps MV would fill my needs well. OAL is 3.655" which is 0.010" off the lands, they fit the TRG-S magazine.

Jerry,your impact velocity info is very good news too, exactly what I was looking for. Seems to fit the picture in this case, 200 to 600 yards is my practical hunting range so Ill verify this bullet path up to 800 at least - if I find a low ES load in the first place.

Now,time to locktite those screws again. I will fix the bedding one day but now Im waiting for a suppressor to get rid of the brake so Ill need to take the rifle apart soon anyway. Suppressors are legal over here.

Isnt this a great board or what? [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img]
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Old 03-05-2004, 12:07 AM
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Re: 338 SST 225 grain?

As long as impact vel is below 3000fps (try 2800fps as a max), you will love these bullets.

I have used Hornady bullets in one form or another for several years and they always work if impact vel is kept moderate. Penetration has always exceeded expectation. I now use SST's exclusively, although the new Interbonds are very interesting.

Very accurate too. Let us know how you make out with those SST

Jerry
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Old 03-05-2004, 02:24 PM
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Re: 338 SST 225 grain?

Well here I go:

After my car got stuck in the snow I concentrated on shooting. My most accurate load was average 3120 fps and ES was 45 for ten rounds of these 225 SST:s.

Some horizontal spread again (bedding) but after a couple of hours outside the rifle settled down and I was able to get normal groups without weird flyers. I did 100,200 and 300 meters. Cold weather makes my TRG-S behave better, its confirmed by now. Plastic seems to harden somehow.

Very easy shooters compared to 300 Matchkings.Yes, I shot one 300 MK "fouler" group and it was the best group of the day. [img]images/icons/confused.gif[/img]

Once I figure out the bedding Ill let you know. The time is about to come.
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