Originally Posted by Totch94
I am headed to British Columbia in May for a Mountain Grizzly Bear hunt. I have a new .338 RUM that I am having built that will be done soon. I need some Ideas for handloads that I can trust my life on.
I am not looking for a really long range load. Probably shots will be less than 250 yards. I do need to load a tuff bullet that will be accurate and deliver a lethal blow to Mr. Brown.
Thanks for the help
I live in rural Wyoming near the Bighorn Mountains, and I've found an accurate hunting load for the .338 RUM, in my Remington 700. (I use a LedSled, and you will need a good recoil pad: LimbSaver, or Decelerator Pad.)
It shoots sub MOA.
Though, not the heaviest bullet, It'll knock any bear for a loop:
210 grain Nosler Partition
102 grains of Retumbo (max is 103 - a la Sierra Reloading Manual)
Federal 215 Magnum Match primers
Those clock at over 3,100 fps, and yeild over 4,500 ft. lbs. of force at the muzzle.
The Sierra manual states a COL of 3.580" max, but the Remington 700 has a longer action (magazine), so, I can seat the bullet out farther for a COL (cartridge overal length) of 3.625" -not 3.580".
I have yet to set up some loads with the 250 grain Sierra GameKings, and Nosler Partitions.
They would be a good choice as well. (See the Sierra Reloading Manual.)
I also have some 300 grain Sierra MatchKings to load up for long range testing.
But, those are intended for paper targets, gongs, and sniper applications.
I only need to drive 2 miles down the dirt road to set up a range for shooting.
(Advatages for living in rural Wyoming.)
In grizzly country (Sunlight Basin - North of Cody) with tags for elk and deer, I've killed one mule deer with it.
The range finder said 205 yards.
He was broadside, and it hit him just behind the shoulder.
He didn't know what hit him, and dropped.
The 210 Nosler blew his heart in half, destroyed his lungs, and penetrated - exited through his off shoulder. Wham!
That is a right-handed 700, and I've recently bought a 700 lefty, being a lefty (in Laminate SS).
So I'm selling the mentioned RH .338 RUM 700. Anybody interested???
It has a walnut Classic stock, blue heavy sporter barrel, not a bull barrel like the Sendero model, but it's heavier than a regular sporter.
And it has less than 75 rounds through it. (This ain't no .30-06!!!)
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I hope to use the lefty 700 .338 RUM on a not-to-distant bull elk someday. La La!