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Which of these bullets would you use in a 338RUM?

 
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Old 12-28-2009, 04:03 PM
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Which of these bullets would you use in a 338RUM?

I am looking for a hunting bullet that will be used on elk,moose, caribou, and hopefully not but the charging bear after my kill. LOL. I will be using this bullet for hunting and killing rocks out to a 1000 yards. I like clean and humane kills so I want the bullet that will do the job. So far here are my bullet choices. Keep in mind this may change when the new bergers come out. But for now this is what I am looking at.

225 gr nosler accubond
250 gr nosler accubond
250 gr SMK
300 gr SMK
250 gr lapua scenar

what would you choose? Any I should consider that are not on the list?

I will be running my 338rum very moderatly. I am concerned only with accuracy and not concerned about pushing this case to the max. Thanks guys
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Old 12-28-2009, 04:07 PM
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Re: Which of these bullets would you use in a 338RUM?

I dont think you can go wrong with the 250gr Accubond. My .338 Win Mag loves them.
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:54 PM
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Re: Which of these bullets would you use in a 338RUM?

For long range shots select a bullet with a BC on the high end that shoots very accurately out of your rifle.

For bear protection, a camp load, or close range shots (whatever you decide is 'close range') use a 225 grain Trophy Bonded Bear Claw. If they still make them like the ones I have used on two different mature boar brown bear on Kodiak Island, they are deadly.

One +1000lb boar simply broadside chest shot was instantly down and dead from 130 yds. This bear was unaware of my presence, so the adrenaline wasn't pumping.

The other boar had already been hit and was making a get-away - fully adrenaline charged. Same shot from about the same distance. The bear was rolled off his feet and never regained all fours - simply center of the ribs. This tells me this bullet was creating a tremendous physiological shock to the animal, sufficient to outright lights-out kill, or disable these bears.

Trying to find a bullet that excels for both close and long range use generally will result in some compromise from the ideal bullet for both extremely different purposes. The long range bullet selection is by far the more critical bullet selection. Just about any premium controlled expansion bullet will be accurate enough for the closer range work, and these bullets are constructed to withstand high velocity impacts associated with these close shots. I simply mention the Trophy Bonded Bear Claw as it proved deadly with both brown bears I hit out of my 338 Imperial Magnum, which is the same as your 338 RUM but with the shoulder shoved forward about 0.050" farther for a little bit more case capacity.
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:08 PM
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Re: Which of these bullets would you use in a 338RUM?

Non-living targets at 1000 yds+ : 300 gr. SMK

Up-close and personal on game: 250 gr. Barnes TSX

Compromise between the two: 250 gr. Nosler AB
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Old 12-28-2009, 07:34 PM
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Re: Which of these bullets would you use in a 338RUM?

Hunting and killing rocks at 1000 yards-300smk.
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Old 12-29-2009, 03:47 PM
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Re: Which of these bullets would you use in a 338RUM?

I am thinkng about that 300smk. It will do fine on moose and elk??? I am also thinking about the 225 and 250 accubond but I hate their poor BC's

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Re: Which of these bullets would you use in a 338RUM?

i would use a good hunting bullets. moose are big animals they arent that hard to kill but there is a lot of moose to got through before the vitals. i had one hunter kill a 40.5 stone ram and a 225inch moose with me in the yukon a few years ago. he uses a custom 338rum that looked like a sendaro with the 225 nosler accubonds. it worked but it could have been better, he shot his ram on a windy and rainy day at 275yrd and his moose at 280yrds a few days later.

the new barnes ttsx would be my choice no guide is going to let you shoot at a game animal at over 400yrd and maybe nothing over 300yrds, i wouldnt let you any way. a good bullet in the right spot will work all the time and the barnes is the right bullet for me, for killing big game.
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