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Old 04-25-2004, 06:28 PM
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338 Swift bullets

Swift a-frames and the 338 win mag - I need a new load for elk - about to get my m70 out of the shop - Do guys like these bullets.
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Old 04-25-2004, 06:45 PM
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Re: 338 Swift bullets

Hi, I used 200g Swift A-frames in my 300 RUM (93.5 grains Re25--I know your asking about the 338 WinMag, but thought I'd mention) last year on my elk. 237 yd low neck spinal shot with a MV of 3100fps. Spine at the very base of the neck was completely gone pulverized and I couldn't even find any bullet fragments. Never found the bullet. Hit the ground somewhere. Apparently, they hold together quite well...

My complaints are that they are quite expensive and for the price, don't have the bullet to bullet uniformity that I would expect. Swift says they are only a hunting bullet, not a comp bullet. Granted. But for that price I would expect more uniformity. I'm going to work up a load with the 200 grain Nosler Accubond and play around with H50BMG powder this year. I think that bullet will perform more than adequately on elk and the higher BC will help a bit at the longer ranges as well.

I'm sure you'll be quite happy with what a 338 Swift A-frame does to elk.

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Old 04-25-2004, 07:10 PM
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Re: 338 Swift bullets

Jon - My 338 -is getting a 28 #6 tube and Vais break , before I used 250 gr partitions at 2700fps but the last couple of years , I've been disappointed in their performance , where I hunt I have to break them down quick , lots of people , so I take both shoulders , my range can go to 400 yards, so ---- been thinking of the new bonded bullets also , any body else got any ideas - - thanks
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Re: 338 Swift bullets

I would try the Barnes TSX. They are cheaper and very accurate at least they have been in my 300 Win Mag and 7mm STW. I also have been getting about a 100 to 200 fps faster than standard bullets and these things will go through shoulders and then some.

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Old 04-25-2004, 08:55 PM
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Re: 338 Swift bullets

Hi, The Accubond is Nosler's new bonded core bullet and overall seems to be getting pretty good reviews in this forum. It seems that is has a pretty good balance between high BC, how much it opens and how tough it is.

Your going for the A-frame for the same reason I did initially and also I was hunting in griz country and wanted a very tough bullet for that one shot I might need for Mr. griz, but when the Accubond came out last fall...well, it's got me thinking--especially when it comes to long shots.

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Old 04-25-2004, 10:16 PM
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Re: 338 Swift bullets

Jon - I have a 300 win mag , and have used this for my long range gun for deer and goats for more years than I would care to mention , has provided meat to the freezer every year for as long as I can remember - but mostly Hornady and Sierra bullets , the 338 has just been my baby. its performance , although not the fastest , has been the most consistant and reliable . I am pleased with all the new bullets and new powders avaible over the last decade , I guess I'm just slow to get caught up . -thanks
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Re: 338 Swift bullets

Hi !
I have a Tikka in 338WM and my load for the 275grs A-Frame is 58,5grs N160.
This load is made for short range shooting. If i should have one bullet for all distances i would have used the 250grs A-Frame.

My best presision came with a 250grs Hornady bullet, but since expansion and little meat destruction is so important i choose the heavy A-Frame and a moderate velocity.
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