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Unread 09-01-2002, 10:24 AM
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I've been a nosler BT fan since the old solid base. I've shot numerous large deer with them and had excellent results. A couple of years ago I tried the 180 Noslers in my .338 WM. The go nearly 3300 FPS at the muzzle. I shot a monster quartering away at about a 125 yards and all it did was knock about a fist sized hole in the on side hide and a chucnk of lung about the size of a golf ball. It didn't penetrate any further than that. This probably happened because it hit a rib bone at that bad angle. There was about an 18" spray of hide and blood on the face of the round bale he was next to. He only ran about 100 yards so I guess I can't complain, but I still thought that the scirocco would be the ultimate bullet for hunting big game. Basically a Ballistic Tip with a bonded core.

Because they don't make them in .338 yet, I worked up some loads in 7mm Rem Mag. They only make 150 grains so that's what I used. I killed another large deer at ~600 yards and the bullet went through both shoulders and pounded the rive bank on the other side. He snowploughed about 30 yards and died. I have the hole thing on Video and it looks really cool seeing the bullet connect and the dirt fly up on the other side. To say the least, I was very impressed. A Ballistic Tip probably would have killed him just as dead, but the confidence of knowing the bullet will hold together is enough to keep me using the Swifts. I can't wait for them in 6mm and .338.
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Unread 09-01-2002, 09:47 PM
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Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Oklahoma
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FWIW, the next Scirocco to be released is supposed to be a 210 grain .338.

I called and asked for a time frame a few weeks ago and was told they would be available "in a couple weeks."

I don't know what "a couple weeks" of Swift time translates into in real time though! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

I'd like to try them in my 338 RUMs.

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Unread 09-02-2002, 07:28 AM
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Join Date: May 2001
Location: Pennsylvania
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Hello George

At that range, most any good bullet will work well for you.

My choice has always been the Sierra MK as I have used them on deer and elk at 50 yards t0 2100 yards in various calibers.

The 168 Gr 7mm MK killed a lot of deer coming from my 7mm Mag and 7/300 Weatherby rifles over the years.

Just a thought.
Darryl Cassel
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