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Old 02-22-2005, 09:32 PM
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Load for .338

As mentioned in my other post, I sold my 7mm Nag Rem and bought a Tikka M695 in a .338 Nag. I was using Speer Grand Slams in the 7mm, always had immense success, nothing ever walked away. When considering loads for my .338, should I stick with the Grand Slams??? I'd like to hear from you guys out there who load for the same gun. These Tikka's are shooters by the way ... as opposed to canes [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] I've heard some not so good stories about the Barnes X bullets, in all fairness, I've also heard that you should use a lighter bullet that you would for a conventional bullet. I'm open to trying something new, but I don't mind staying with the old either.
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Old 02-22-2005, 10:03 PM
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Re: Load for .338

Here we go again. I've had great luck with the Barnes X. The new 185 gr Triple Shock would be my choice. Every elk I've shot out to 500 yds. has tipped over with a large wound path and exit hole. You can tell the direction of the pass through by lookin at the trees knocked over! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Old 02-22-2005, 10:08 PM
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Re: Load for .338

The Sierra 250 and 300 work pretty well.
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Old 02-22-2005, 11:15 PM
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Re: Load for .338

My favorite rifle has been my Sako 338 Win Mag. I've shot 4 moose and one elk with it. My most accurate load is the 250 gr Sierra spitzer boatail with 69.5 gr. of IMR 4350 with a CCI 250 primer. The major limitation I put on this load is that I won't take a shoulder shot with it, from what I've seen I think this bullet is too fragile for that shot. My second most accurate bullet was the 210 gr Nosler partion.

I've had the action bedded and the barrel free floated. I can shoot a little less than MOA with it when I can concentrate.

I recently bought a 338/378 Weaterby Accumark and I have to wait one more month before I can start shooting it. I finsihed the acquisition course and am waiting for the paper work to catch up to me. So my 338 Sako will now have competition as to which is my favortie rifle. I've taken the elk and one moose at what I call long range with my 338, 500-600 yds. So I know it can be done and I plan on working to improve my long range shooting, as well as overall shooting, because here in BC it's a very effective way to hunt, shooting from one side of a valley to the other. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Old 02-25-2005, 02:39 PM
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Re: Load for .338

Nosler partition 250 grain. powder norma 204 68,2 grain
primer federal 215.
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Old 02-26-2005, 07:40 AM
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Re: Load for .338

Thanks for all the replies you guys. I posted the same question on another board, trying to get as much feedback as possible. I saw a lot of suggestions for the lighter bullets, 210 gr partition. Here, there seems to be a preference for heavier 250 gr bullets. This reflects my feelings, after all why by a .338 if not for taking advantage of bullet energy at heavier weights. Swede, do you shoot a Tikka???
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Old 02-26-2005, 09:59 AM
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Re: Load for .338

No i shot Sako Hunter. My sako is 20 years old and still going strong.I hunt everything with this caliber from deer to moose.You have to excuse me my english is not so good but i am trying. The hunting season is over now in sweden
I will recommend Normas loading manual that contain severel good loadings for 338 caliber. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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