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Old 10-10-2009, 05:48 PM
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338 edge deer loads

I have a 338 edge that I had built this spring. I would like to be able to use it deer hunting with light bullets. What I'm thinking is from 215-225 gr bullets. I dont want to destroy the deer so what loads have any of you put together? I've seen the game kings and accubonds and am interested. What velocities should I stay under and how do the lighter bullets like the 10 twist barrels? Im also hoping to reduce recoil using the lighter bullets and make it a more comfortable gun to shoot as I have the Vais muzzle break installed. It still kicks like a mule with the 300 smk.
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:00 PM
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Re: 338 edge deer loads

for deer -vs- 338 edge, I would use the largest bullets possible to slow down the impact velocity and lower the chance of the bullet expanding. At Edge velocities with 338 bullets, the ending result will be a very bloody deal.
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:29 AM
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Re: 338 edge deer loads

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for deer -vs- 338 edge, I would use the largest bullets possible to slow down the impact velocity and lower the chance of the bullet expanding. At Edge velocities with 338 bullets, the ending result will be a very bloody deal.
This has been my experience also. I think the Swift A-Frame 275 has been the best at keeping meat destruction to as good as your going to get with this class of cartridge on deer size game.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:49 PM
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Re: 338 edge deer loads

I shot a nice 3x4 buck @345yrds this year with my edge using the 300smk and it did Great! just throw it threw the lungs and watch him rolling down the hill. Worked exactly the same on a 4x5 bull elk @489yrds.............No reason to worry, just shoot it. It will do the job beautifully. Good luck....................Duke P.S. No meat damage on either one.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:57 PM
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Re: 338 edge deer loads

How heavy is your rifle? If you move to the large baffle type brakes you will see dramatic improvements over the vais brake........Mine weighs 13lbs has a Ross Schuler brake and kicks less than a 22-250 in fact I think it pulls the rifle a little bit.
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:26 PM
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Re: 338 edge deer loads

You could probably use a 180gr bullet to minimize recoil. Shots to the heart/lung area may result in significant damage but who eats deer ribs any way?

You could also use a light Barnes or similar mono-metal bullet to avoid over expansion. Just don't shoot them on the shoulder.
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:53 PM
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Re: 338 edge deer loads

[QUOTE=Varmint Hunter;576918]You could probably use a 180gr bullet to minimize recoil. Shots to the heart/lung area may result in significant damage but who eats deer ribs any way?

I have some issues with my neck and shoot the 180 Accubonds to keep recoil down. They work great for that, but at 3500 fps from a 338 RUM, on small deer or antelope the destruction is unbelievable at close range. I've seen shots to the chest as described above pop the gut, and the blood shot meat for several inches around the bullet hole, take out a substantial portion of the shoulders. I'm not a meat hunter but neither do I care to clean up such a mess again. Seriously the heavier bullets leave a lot less mess.
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