Re: My new Savage 338 LM 110 HS Precision
Lets just get it out the way this is my first post ever! ITS GOOD TO BE ALIVE!
Anyway down to business, This darn gun is the reason I became a member. The reason being I have read so many posts about people loading 88, 89, 90, 91 grains of H1000 into this rifle and I am blown away! I have done a few things to this rifle that is pretty common in my family of shooters, great bed job. . . check, lap rings check, all those bells and whistles, even had the barreled action chryogenically treated (dont let anyone tell you this dont do anything). These are all the normal things that we do with our competition and long range rifles, this to be down the earth is the biggest baddest mother I have to shoot, and to be honest am quite new to the whole big bore deal. Got plenty of other one holers for those tractor axle ruining ghogs. This rifle so far has me stumped (a little).
Anyways, I have only put like maybe 50 so far through her, when I started I flipped a coin just like any one else who just wants to shoot it, settled on 91 grains of H1000 behind a 300 gr Sierra Matchking, alot of people i have seen shoot 92.5, 91.5, 91 grains, figured what the hell, so I loaded her up and let her rip! I was shocked at the amount blunt force trauma that can be imposed. Try to extract, stuck. Im using Norma brass, CCI Primers, fairly good components. After banging it out with block, my father gets behind enjoys his moment and STUCK! Bang it out. I mean once it started it came right out. Cases over all look good just stuck like a mother. So I rethink my strategy, start way low, like 83 grains low, Im still doing the normal break in procedure cleaning a crap load and shooting, just enjoying the hell out of it. This gun has shot amazing stuck case or not everything is beautiful bullet overlapping clovers at my 100 yard range. I have no complaints on this gun, Im just thinking, and I have read that Norma does make softer brass, has anyone else had this problem? Also another point, I chronographed five loads of 86 grains of H1000 with 300 gr sierra matchkings and I was getting a average of 2680ish. 86.5 Grains is rough to extract. 86 shot very well though. Now in the Sierra book thats less powder more speed. I understand there using a 1 in 10 vs our 1 in 9, but I read people shooting in the 90 grains and I cant believe it. Im by no means dissapointed with this rifle cant wait to shoot some critters.
Savage 110 FCP HS Precision 338 Lapua Mag
Sightron SIII 8-32LRMD
Murphy Precision 20 MOA Base (Unbelievable Service!)
Warne Steel Rings
CCI 250 Primers
300 Gr SMK
None the less I ordered Lapua Brass, read a thread somewhere that someone with this gun had the same exact problems with norma brass, switched to lapua and all there problems went away. Also going to work up some VV N570, I also have 300 Berger Hybrids, In my experience I have learned Bergers create less pressure due to the smaller bearing surface.
Gun shoots great and I love it.