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Unread 09-19-2013, 09:53 PM
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Berger Elite Hunter 338's

Has anyone tried the new Berger Elite Hunter 300gn 338 at 3250fps plus in the Cheytac based chamberings? We were hunting with them in the weekend out of my 338 Lunatic beyond 1000 yards out to 1400 yards. On a hind (doe) at 1045 yards the bullet got there ok and flattened her with great terminal performance, but the next shot at a Red stag at just under 1400 yards just seemed to disappear. Then the shot after that at another hind also disappeared.
Yesterday I shot them at our mile gong out of the 338 Thor doing 3100fps and they all got there ok? What have Berger changed from the original Gen 1's that had issues? We've been shooting the OTM's with great success and never had one not get there, but if the Elite Hunter's will expand even better we would like to use them. We're nearly out of OTM's and due to order another bulk lot in.
Certainly have had no issues with the 250gn EH at 3300fps and the 300gn EH at 3000fps in the 338FX (Lapua imp).
Eric, Bryan, can you comment on this please?
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Greg
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    Unread 09-19-2013, 10:14 PM
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    Re: Berger Elite Hunter 338's

    Yes used the 300gr in my Lapua with Reloader 33.

    Very accurate and plan on using the 250gr in my 338 Win
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    Unread 09-19-2013, 10:40 PM
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    Re: Berger Elite Hunter 338's

    I couldn't get 33 to group in my 338 lapua. I only have a 24 inch barrel but couldn't get it tight.
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    Re: Berger Elite Hunter 338's

    Thanks guys, I know they work fine at Lapua and Lapua improved velocities, I'm interested in if anyone else has tried to push the 300gn'er at over 3250fps in a Cheytac based case.
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    Unread 09-19-2013, 11:35 PM
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    Re: Berger Elite Hunter 338's

    The only part of your question that I can answer is that the Elite Hunters have thinner jackets than the OTM's. If you are having problems with the Elite Hunters coming apart in flight, the OTM's may be the answer to your problem.
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    Unread 09-19-2013, 11:56 PM
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    Reloader 33

    I think Reloader 33 requires a longer barrel 26 to 28" to complete the burn rate
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    Unread 09-20-2013, 03:15 AM
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    Re: Berger Elite Hunter 338's

    Yes, we have been using the OTM's for a couple of years now at 3250fps out of our 338 Lunatics, but having used the Elite Hunters in the 338FX we thought we'd try them at the 250fps faster 338 Lunatic velocities to hopefully get even better long range expansion. As I said, they group fine at close range, but I'm not sure they're getting there past 1000 yards consistently.
    This question is directed to anyone else who has tried the 300gn Elite Hunter at Cheytac velocities, over 3200fps. Or to Eric or Bryan at Berger.
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