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Anybody used the Hornady 338 cal 250 gr BTHP match on deer/elk?

 
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Old 06-07-2011, 10:27 PM
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Re: Anybody used the Hornady 338 cal 250 gr BTHP match on deer/elk?

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That's some great info. What chambering where you using them in? And what kind of impact velocitys where you getting the bad terminal ballistics?
The bad result I got with the new type was at about 1900 fps at impact.

I have used the old type with great results out of .338 Win Mag, .338 RUM and .338 Edge at a variety of impact velocities down to about 1600 fps.
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:21 PM
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Re: Anybody used the Hornady 338 cal 250 gr BTHP match on deer/elk?

That's actually not to bad. With typical conditions 1900fps will get a 338 rum out to almost 1000 yards . Would you say you could get reliable expansion at 2000 FPS?
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:43 PM
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Re: Anybody used the Hornady 338 cal 250 gr BTHP match on deer/elk?

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That's actually not to bad. With typical conditions 1900fps will get a 338 rum out to almost 1000 yards . Would you say you could get reliable expansion at 2000 FPS?
I am not too sure what the lower expansion velocity of the new type would be. I lost interest in them after the failure and went looking for an alternative.

What I found was the Hornady 225 grain interbond bullet. Although it is a lighter bullet. It still has a very good form factor and can be driven at quite high velocity out of my .338 RUM.

This bullet expands at low velocity very well and is ideal for shots out to 800 yards. If I expect to shoot further than this I will carry my .338 Edge loaded with 300 grain SMK's.

I did a low velocity test on the Interbond bullets here.... http://www.austargets.com/lowvel.htm
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:24 PM
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Re: Anybody used the Hornady 338 cal 250 gr BTHP match on deer/elk?

I've been very impressed with the Hornady 250 BTHP (latest verision) in terms of accuracy. Currently shooting a hotter load with this bullet with sub 1/2 moa accuracy out of my 338 win mag. Definately the most accurate 250 grain bullet shot out of my 338 so far. I have tried accubonds (225 and 250's), matchkings, cutting edge solids, barnes ttsx, ect.....

Unfortunately, I have not had an opprtunity to use this bullet on game and cannot comment on actual big game performance. IMO, on thin skinned game like deer and antelope the 250 bthp is easily capable of humanely taking deer sized game. I plan on using this bullet on an antelope and deer hunt this fall. However, I do not feel comfortable testing this bullet on elk until more data is available.

I believe Berger is releasing a 250 grain hybrid bullet for the 338. Is the hybrid advertised as a hunting bullet or target bullet ? Forgive my ignorance, I was under the impression the vld was the only hunting type bullet. I'm sure it would perform well on deer sized game, but what about the big stuff ?

Jimmy
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