Re: 7.82 warbird
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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