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Unread 06-07-2012, 07:34 AM
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Re: 338 lapua brass issues

I had to drop to 83 before I saw acceptable pressures and was matching max book speeds at 86 grains of h1000 so I would run it through a chrono and see what is going on... have you measured the length of the fired cases are you stretching the necks??

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Unread 06-07-2012, 08:21 PM
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Re: 338 lapua brass issues

I have a savage 110 and it just will not take hornady ammo ok mabe first time shoot ammo and even triming and resizeing the hornady brass. Just save youre self the problems and money go with lapua brass. Ive used the lapua with no problems and keep sending hornady emails on the dependability of this brass and nothing yeat.338 lapua 110 hs stock
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Unread 06-07-2012, 09:40 PM
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Re: 338 lapua brass issues

I believe it has to do with the structural makeup of the case (338). I have really good luck with Hornady in every other caliber I reload and shoot. Just the 338 is an issue.

Glad I don't have any BTW.
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Unread 06-10-2012, 10:57 PM
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Re: 338 lapua brass issues

I have a Savage 111LRH, and have had all the same problems with the Hornady brass as described above. About 1:6 has established some kind of mechanical/friction lock inside the very tight chamber. I have been thoroughly cleaning the chamber and tumbling, polishing, hand polishing, trimming and turning the Hornady brass to alleviate the problem with no real change in results...still 1:6-ish getting stuck. My cleaning rods have never spent so much time out at the ranch...

One of my shooting buddies took it of himself to "polish" the inside of his chamber, my other friend sent his back to savage and supposedly they did the same thing.

We have all decided that moving to another brass manufacturer, Lapua ($$$$) or Nosler ($$) is imminent.

if someone has $.02 on the Nosler brass, I'd love to hear it.


my load is/was:
300g SMK
89g Retumbo
Fed Mag Primer
The "ill-fated" hornady brass : /
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Unread 06-10-2012, 11:12 PM
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Re: 338 lapua brass issues

Regarding the Nosler brass - I just helped a friend with load development with his .338 Lapua this weekend. 300g Accubonds, H1000, CCI primers= occassional extraction issues with loads, and most of them were loads WAY below max (per book and chronograph). Called another friend and he relayed this Hornady issue so I wonder if the Nosler stuff doesn't suffer the same issues. We're shopping Lapua brass tomorrow.
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Unread 06-10-2012, 11:25 PM
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Re: 338 lapua brass issues

Just bite the bullet (so to speak..lol) and get Lapua brass. Not like it's a cheap gun to shoot anyway.
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Unread 06-11-2012, 12:01 AM
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Re: 338 lapua brass issues

Originally Posted by Texas Republic View Post
The load I was having problems with is below. Hodgdon's website lists 94gr as the max load. 91 gr too high?

300 gr SMK BTHP
Retumbo 91.0 gr
Hornady brass
CCI 250 primer
OAL 3.680
I have a Savage 110FCP 338 Lapua when I got to 92.5gr the bolt was harder to open, backed off to 91.5 H1000
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