Almost forgot........ Since I have been shooting these bullets, and at this point in time, I feel as I would if I found the end of the internet........ Both happy and disappointed....... Because there is nothing else interesting to me left for me to try.
You know how skeptical folks are when you quote a group size that they have never been able to routinely achieve........ So, I will say (post) it like this, they will out shoot the gun and the shooter each and every time when properly tuned. At least they have with my equipment and the limits of my abilities. If you are not shooting in the zeros, keep tuning if the gun can produce that level of accuracy because it is well within the capabilities of the bullet. I think you get the flavor of what I am saying.
FWIW,when one shoots these bullets, they (the bullets) are not the weak link in the accuracy formula. The weak link will be the nut behind the trigger and the gunsmith who assembled the shooting stick.
If you ever hear of a gunsmith who can't get them to shoot, then you might want to stay clear of his work.
As far as pushing them hard, we have not experienced any degredation in accuracy when pushing them to the limits of the rifle brass (338 Lapua, 338/378, 30/378, 300 win mag w/lapua brass). As you well know, if you exceed the limits of the brass, then you might not get the cutting edge accuracy out of any bullet load combination.
What I usually tell the interested folks for the .338s is to take the 300 SMK load and move it back to
.050" off the lands and that should be a good place to get a feel for how your equipment likes the bullets. All of my load tuning has been at the pressure level for five reloadings of the brass and still have easy extraction. At this level, all of the loads have been .040" to .060" off of the lands.
I think Roy in Idaho likes them as well.
Very good. I had no doubts on accuracy capability of these bullets. I put them through every bullet testing method I have on hand and they passed with flying colors. But what I am curious about is the terminal performance. Have you tried to see if they expand in media yet? I went by the local newspaper recycling bin yesterday to get some test media to shoot into but they had just emptied it. It will be another few weeks before it gets full enough I can swipe a few used phonebooks!
I'm going to get out and try mine in the Thunder as soon as the next benchrest match is over next week.
OK James. You've got us on the edge of our chairs. I'll be checking in regularly next week with great interest in GG's post-firing report. I've got some of the 280s but still haven't outfitted my 338 Edge with a scope yet. That will happen sooner rather than later if GG puts 'em all in the same hole like you. ;)