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300 grain 338 Lapua speed out of a Savage?

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Unread 11-17-2012, 11:21 AM
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Re: 300 grain 338 Lapua speed out of a Savage?

QUOTE=WEATHERBY460;718675]300 OTM Berger 26" barrel

I am getting 2685 fps (89 gr of h1000) out of my Savage. Shoots a very tight group. At 90 gr of H1000...I get sticky bolt lift, and only get up to 2700fps.

I wish it was around 2750fps, but that is way over pressure...what do you think is going on. Thanks[/QUOTE]

I'm shooting a Remington 700P in 338 Lapua and using the 300grain SMKs. I'm getting 2675fps and noticing pressure signs once in a while. I backed off my load. I don't think your Savage is the issue, it's a high-pressure load to begin with.

Note that I use Retumbo vs. H1000, my rifle will not shoot with H1000 for some reason with ANY bullet.

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Unread 11-18-2012, 08:16 AM
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Re: 300 grain 338 Lapua speed out of a Savage?

Like others in this thread, I found that Retumbo will produce 25-50 FPS more velocity than H1000. I get comparable accuracy and ES with both. 89.2 gr Retumbo will get me 2700 FPS, as does 90 gr of H1000, but this is the max with H1000 before I get pressure signs. I can use 91 gr. Retumbo and get 2750 FPS. Ended up using 89gr.though. Not much of a trade off and it's easier on the brass.

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Unread 12-22-2012, 10:52 PM
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Re: 300 grain 338 Lapua speed out of a Savage?

Originally Posted by green 788 View Post
In my 110BA using Lapua brass with 300 SMK's I use the OCW load recipe of 89.3 grains of Retumbo and get dead-on 2700 fps from those bullets...
I am curious as to what your OAL is if you don't mind sharing. I recently just started with mine (HS) and greatly appreciate all the info I am finding here to reduce the pain. Like the Hornday Brass ordeal so much for a good deal on some once fired brass. Thanks in advance for any guidance.
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