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Unread 07-09-2011, 09:53 AM
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338 lapua help

Just bought a 338 and was looking for some experiance loading info. I am wanting to go after grizzly, moose and goat and need some advise on bullet and powder loads that work and still keep the range out to 1200yds. Need good expantion and persition. Any help out there?
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    Re: 338 lapua help

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    Just bought a 338 and was looking for some experiance loading info. I am wanting to go after grizzly, moose and goat and need some advise on bullet and powder loads that work and still keep the range out to 1200yds. Need good expantion and persition. Any help out there?
    Hi Two !0's

    not sure if this is going to be of any help, but i load the LAPUA scennar 250gr match bullets at a speed of around 2880f/s on south african powder S385 which is the same as your MRP or AR2213, i get really great groupings of around 13mm for 10 shots at 100 yards i havent yet measured groupings out at 1000 plus yards but i do hit an 8" gong every shot at 1000yards, i have shot Springbok and blue wildebeast ot at 880 yards and had really good results (all kills were 1 shot kills with the animals falling where they stand
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    Unread 07-28-2011, 11:26 AM
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    Re: 338 lapua help

    I shoot 300 SMKs almost exclusively now. Simple and easy.
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    Unread 07-28-2011, 02:37 PM
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    Re: 338 lapua help

    hey there, what gun, what barrel twist are you running?

    i'm running a 1 in 9 twist barrel (savage BA110)

    here are some of the loads i've had good luck with

    most consistent load (shot a 6" 5 shot group @ 980 yrds)
    225gr accubonds over 87.0gr IMR7828ssc OAL 3.670" 2900fps, supersonic to about 1300yrds according to my ballistic data.... expansion questionable as on the only live animal i shot it went through and through on a broadside lung shot, small entrance, small exit but it did turn the lungs and heart to mush at 560 yards ...

    second most consistent load (holds right around MOA but i am still tinkering with OAL's)
    300gr lapua scenar OAL 3.664" or 300gr Sierra mk OAL 3.714" over 89.2gr Retumbo @ 2780fps super sonic to about 1900yrds...
    both bullets seem to act identical in my gun and i have been using them interchangeably with no change to point of impact to 1000 yards. i have no experience on bullet expansion on live game for either but from what i have read from others shooting 338 edges and lapuas the 300gr sierra has been working well as far as terminal ballistics is concerned.

    The more i think about it though, anything getting hit with 2000ftlbs of energy in the vitals is gonna be dead so i would worry more about accuracy and shot placement first and consider really good bullet expansion a perk when selecting a bullet. And i think if you can get the 300grainers to shoot well i would go that route - better BC, Better energy at longer range.

    However, the 300's might need a fast twist rate like 1 in 10 or faster so if you have a 1 in 11 they may not stabalize well.... Then i would be looking hard at using 250's like trg42338lap suggested.... (i have 100 lapua 250's sitting on my bench but i havent got around to trying them out yet)

    orch

    Oh yah.... Lapua brass and CCI LR magnum primers

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    I shoot 300 SMKs almost exclusively now. Simple and easy.


    Me tooo. Lapua cases, fed 215m primer and 92 grains of H-1000 for 2800 FPS an excellent long range load
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    Re: 338 lapua help

    92-94 gr Retumbo 300 SMK's = Dead Animals at any reasonable distance

    H1000 works well also just make sure what ever you buy is in 8lbs Jugs
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    Me tooo. Lapua cases, fed 215m primer and 92 grains of H-1000 for 2800 FPS an excellent long range load
    Almost the exact load I shoot. I get a little riskier, but I haven't seen any overpressure signs yet.
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