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Custom 338 Wildcat

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Unread 04-19-2008, 02:59 PM
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Back from the range. Windy day today but was able to fireform 40 cases and got some nice groups all things considered. I thought my shoulder would hurt more but it doesn't feel too bad.

Here were my findings. I had some issues with my Forster Press and didn't get to load all the bullets up next to or in the lands. Most were .010 or so back from the lands. I loaded the fireform load with 90 gr of h1000 and I was getting only around 2700-2750 fps with the 300gr SMK. I'm shooting to get 3000fps.

I did order a longer handle yoke for my Forster Press so next go around will be much better.

Water Capacity with REM brass 300rum:
Factory brass was 114.2 grns water
Fireformed 338 Tejas put me a 120.6 grns water and I think it might go up another .5 grain or so.

Anyways what do you guys think I should start at for the next load?

You think I can start at 94gr of H1000 with the 300gr SMK? If so what would you think I should work up to?

Any replies will be much appreciated.
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Unread 04-19-2008, 04:11 PM
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When I had a 338 RUM I was getting 2720fps with the 300 gr SMK using 87.5grs of H1000 out of a 28" 1-10" twist Hart barrel, went up to 92grs and was aroung 2800fps.
Seeing that you have a slightly larger case then the 338 RUM I think that 94grs should not be a problem.
I would also try Retumbo, you should get higher velocities with it over H1000.
Would it be possible to get a pic posted of your 338 Tejas case fireformed next to one that has not been fireformed so we can see the difference?

Wayne aka WAMBO
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Unread 04-22-2008, 01:05 PM
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Nice stick. Let's see some pics of that loaded round.
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Unread 04-22-2008, 06:42 PM
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Ok I'll take some pictures tonight or tomorrow and try to post them.
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