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Unread 12-21-2011, 09:45 PM
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338 Bullets

I am in the process of testing my 338 Super and just picked up some bullets and wanted any
experience with these bullets .

I will start with the 300 grain SMK. I have used these and was looking for a comparison
with/against them.

I found some 300 grain Berger match grade bullets with a claimed BC of .818 G1 they appear
to be approximately .125 longer than the 300gr SMK.

Also I found some Hornady 285 grain match that are reported to have a BC of .720 and are
physically almost identical to the 300 grain SMK in length.

Any one with experance with any or all of these bullets ? any comments,criticisms or observations
on them would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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    Re: 338 Bullets

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    I am in the process of testing my 338 Super and just picked up some bullets and wanted any
    experience with these bullets .

    I will start with the 300 grain SMK. I have used these and was looking for a comparison
    with/against them.

    I found some 300 grain Berger match grade bullets with a claimed BC of .818 G1 they appear
    to be approximately .125 longer than the 300gr SMK.

    Also I found some Hornady 285 grain match that are reported to have a BC of .720 and are
    physically almost identical to the 300 grain SMK in length.

    Any one with experance with any or all of these bullets ? any comments,criticisms or observations
    on them would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    J E CUSTOM
    I have been using the SMK bullets in my .338 RUM, they are great, seating depth not a issue and they perform flawlessly. Ron Tilley


    Going to try the new Bergers, have been told, less drop for the same velocity, that has got to be good,if they shoot in my gun. Ron Tilley
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    Re: 338 Bullets

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    I have been using the SMK bullets in my .338 RUM, they are great, seating depth not a issue and they perform flawlessly. Ron Tilley


    Going to try the new Bergers, have been told, less drop for the same velocity, that has got to be good,if they shoot in my gun. Ron Tilley

    They look great Ron, I hope they will shoot as good as they look.

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    Re: 338 Bullets

    Here's a report on the Berger 300gr Gen II

    Berger 300gn'ers - long range accuracy, hunting and terminal performance results

    Stu.
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    Re: 338 Bullets

    Did some slight testing with 285s back when they were released.

    After some quick pressure testing and some rounds through the chrono
    I ended up with going with 93gr of H-1000 .065 off the lands which gave
    me 2825 fps.

    This shot right at half MOA at 400. Then I stepped back to 964yds. First
    shot was 3 MOA left, adjusted then sent 3 more. The first two shots were
    3in apart then the last shot put the group at 10in. Goods news, the group
    was mostly horizontal, the vertical spread was 2in.

    The next outing was at 1707 yds with the wind switching 5-10mph. The
    target was a 20in gong. After shooting two 3 shot strings, 6 shots total,
    ended up with 1 on steel.

    Rifle is a 338 EDGE AI 30in bbl. I am happy so far with the slight amount of
    testing and load development done. Also like the uniform meplats. Other
    than that I have only shot about 6 more 285s at range and it was way to
    windy to gather any useful information. The new berger 300s seem to keep
    having good reports, will try them out eventually.

    Good luck on the project.
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    Thanks Ron, Kiwi and CA48 that will help a lot.

    At least they don't seem to be bad or overrated bullets.

    I realy enjoyed your hunt and see that you decided on velocity, and after seeing the terrain,
    I dont blame you.

    Any more Input would be appreciated.

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    Re: 338 Bullets

    I run an edge with a 24" tube 300 Smk typically shoot .3 to .4 moa with a few in the .2 range. They are great and what I usually shoot but the bergers run .2 to .3 with a few in the .1 and run about 30-40 fps faster from the muzzle, They are prettier also........Hornady's cost so much I have not bothered to try them.........Good luck
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