The 225 grain Barnes x has served me well on sitka blacktails, caribou, goat, moose, black bear, grizz and brownies. A california pig too. I expect similar performance from the 225 grain TTSX. If you want any more specific info feel free to P.M. me I work at Fort Wainwright. Good luck on Kodiak.
Heres some load data with the 210 ttsx using h4831sc in a ruger mkii. Just to give you a base line. 75g 4831sc, win brass, fed gm prime, COAL 3.400" gets me 2950 fps with acceptable ed and sd and around one inch accuracy
Sorry, I don't use 4350 in my 338 with 225's. I do however get 2900 fps out of either the 225 hornady interlock or the 225 nos a-bond with 75 grains of rl19. I got nearly the same speed out of h4831, but I had 19 around, so it got the nod. In older data, rl19 could be pushed to 78 grains, but this would be nasty compression at my seating depth. I've got a ruger #1 (26"barrel) so even though she is a single shot, she isn't long throat-ed. I have loaded 200's with 4350, but that was the south african bullets and it was pretty much a one-off as they were a gift to see if they worked.
Where did you find the 185gmx's? I have looked everywhere, and called Hornady. Cabelas doesn't pretend to carry them. For the longest time the local Bass Pro had a sticker on their bullet shelf saying that they were out of stock. (Never had them in stock). The Sportsmens Wharehouse stores that I have been to didn't have them. When I called Hornady they told me they didn't know when they were going to actually make a run of 225's or the 185 gmx's.
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Saw it the other in a paper that came for $42. but they may not have any....you know that game. If she likes it buy a life time supply and don't look back of AMMO and bullets, cause they will stop making it if I like it!
Google it you may find some bullets some where. I got about 1,000 blems 1/ 2 price$ a year ago and they were just as good as the first line product.
Son, The first shot is the important one - the others just make him run faster! Grandpa 1949 NRA Life Member 1970
Thanks for the response. I guess I will continue to look for the 185's instead of the 225's. I have tried the 180 (Barnes TSX's). They shot real well in my No.1 and Sako but was concerned about the low ballistic coefficient compared to the 210's and 225 TTSX's.
I have only recovered two bullets from anything that I have ever shot with the Barnes. Everything else has been a pass through and dropped withing about 20 yards of shot placement. I did have one gemsbock that traveled a long way but that was my fault not the bullet's.