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

 
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Old 01-02-2010, 04:38 PM
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Re: Which of these bullets would you use in a 338RUM?

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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.
Guess I won't be hunting with a guide then. Good thing I don't need one in Alaska - USA.

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Old 01-02-2010, 05:46 PM
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Re: Which of these bullets would you use in a 338RUM?

Sask_Hunter, Not disagreeing with:

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.

but, curious as to why especially since for some on here(not me) a 300 or 400 yard shot is a walk in the park?
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:02 PM
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Re: Which of these bullets would you use in a 338RUM?

I'll go ahead and flat out disagree with it. Plenty of guides that will allow one to shoot longer ranges. They may require a proficiency field test. That's fine. But any guide I hunt with will accomodate my hunting preferences rather than force his on me. After all, they're hired to provide a service.

If they won't take my money under my conditions, time to move on.

The only way any of this is relevant to bullet selection is that closer range shots should be taken with a bullet that can kill cleanly at higher velocity impacts. If all shots will be taken at less than 300 yds, then there are plenty of premium, controlled expansion bullets that will do the job nicely.

Fewer bullet choices available that will excell at 1000 yds.

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

A profeciency test will almost always tell if one can make the shot. Your guide will take you out and say hit that there rock a 750 yards. You hit it you hunt that far. Pretty easy
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Re: Which of these bullets would you use in a 338RUM?

Proficiency test...makes sense and seems fair. Thanks for responding.
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Old 01-02-2010, 09:54 PM
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Re: Which of these bullets would you use in a 338RUM?

Go with the 250 gr AB

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

Good question, Lots of good answers. I tary over that one every year depending on which tags I draw and what I anticipate my shots to be. If you plan on one bullet to do it all and carry you beyond 1000 yards the 300 smk is the best because of the wind drift and carrying more energy at 1000+ yards to the target than anything else. However the 225 and 250 AB will kill those animals you listed at 1000+ yards and be a better choice if you expect most of your hunting to be inside of 800 or so yards. As your anticipated distance on most of your shots decreases you can get by shooting high quality premium hunting bullets which are the best choice but not the best at 1000+ yards although they will kill game there. But here is the kicker. You mentioned hunting where the big bears are. I also do most of my hunting where the big bears roam. Therefore I like what Phorwath said. I go with a premium hunting bullet that is the most dependable on big bears and will kill my other critters at 1000 yards if I need to. The accubond and barnes tsx are very accurate bullets that will kill game at 1000 yards. You have just got to do a good job on the wind if there is any. They also shoot much flatter allowing me to use my mil dots quickly on game instead of dialing clicks. With a 338 ultramag and any of those bullets you are going to kill stuff. If one of them stood out as much more accurate in my rifle then there you go.
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