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Old 12-21-2006, 07:27 PM
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Re: 7.82 warbird

It is a ballistic twin to the .30-378 Weatherby Magnum and is in the area of 120 grains of powder with most of the loads being between 100 and 115 grains. Junk brass that is expensive and expensive loaded ammunition make it a pig. Put a little lipstick on it by calling it a Warbird and it gives you a pig with lipstick on it.
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Old 12-21-2006, 09:23 PM
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Re: 7.82 warbird

I've got a Warbird in a Sako TRG-S. Kinda the utility model that Sako offers. I bought it 6 years ago. Found early lots of brass to be extremely weak. Top end velocities of just over 3400 fps with the 180 gr. Ballistic Tip was as good as I could do and expect any 'semblence of case life. A couple years back I had heard rumor of improvements in the strength of their brass so in 2004 I bought myself a new working lot. Settled on a load using 104 grs. of Retumbo and the 180 gr. AccuBond that averages 3511 fps from this 26" factory barrel. Would like a 28" or even 30" Lilja on it. Have talked with 50 on several occasions when we've been spit-balling about different projects about it but the way it shoots now, I'm having a hard time changing anything. All in all, with this new stronger lot of brass, I do like the round. If $2 per piece of brass really bothers ya, it probably isn't for you. I've never really considered it that big a deal. >> korey
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Old 12-22-2006, 08:51 AM
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Re: 7.82 warbird

Korey,
WHat has been your experience shooting game with the cartridge?
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Old 12-22-2006, 10:14 AM
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Chaser,
If you want info on the big 338 rounds based from the 408 chey-tac case, drop me an email. To date they are the most powerful 338 out there. 300grn bullets in the 3300+ fps.

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Old 12-23-2006, 05:24 PM
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Re: 7.82 warbird

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Korey,
WHat has been your experience shooting game with the cartridge?

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I haven't taken a boat-load of game with the gun, as it's switched up year to year with other big game guns in the safe that I like to use, as well. That said, I have no complaints with the on-game performance that I've experienced using the cartridge. It's been used on Whitetail and Mule Deer up here in MT. It certainly hasn't been tested, range wise, with all shots falling between the 175 - 290 yd. range. It may be a smidge over-powered for such game, but I've never concerned myself with such things. Between the 180 gr. Ballistic Tip's, 180 gr. AccuBond's and 200 gr. AccuBond's that I've used at various times on game, I've yet to recover a bullet. Wound channels have been devastating and if animals haven't fallen where they've been hit, they're recovered only a short distance from that point. I wouldn't hesitate using it on elk but would stick with the 200 gr. AccuBond to do so. Matter of fact, it will be the back-up gun taken on a family elk hunt in Aug. of next year so depending on how things work out, I may get to see it perform on that sized game.

As said earlier, my only real complaint about the round in the beginning was the sub-par brass construction. I was disappointed to only be getting .300RUM performance and it did, on a couple occasions, almost lead me to selling the rifle. But with the Warbird being a long standing desire of mine to own, I stuck with it once I had it in my grasp, even with the lack-luster performance and now that the case issue has been addressed to my satisfaction, making the advertised 3500 fps (+/-) easily attainable with a 180 gr. bullet, I'd consider it as good a choice as any for big game hunting. It is a solid, solid big game cartridge. Later. >> korey
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