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Old 12-23-2008, 11:36 PM
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Reload suggestions for a 338 Lapua Improved Lehigh bullets&Retumbo

Shooters Ready..
.I have a 338 Lapua Improved with a 35degree shoulder and a 28.5 inch Krieger barrel. My stnd. load is 96.5 g H 1000. I get decent velocity(2900FPS), low extreme spreads and mild pressure signs...I have exhausted my supply of H1000, but I have just received 50 Lehigh bullets, and have a lot of Retumbo...so here is the question. If I had the H1000 I would maybe back off a few grains and work from there, but I have zero experience with the lathe turned solids and I don't know if they will shoot well in my rifle and what load of Retumbo to use...Anybody here shot the Lehigh .338 ? Any ideas about the Retumbo load? I can extrapolate from previous load data with a stnd. Lapua and both powders, but the solids are an unknown.

Thank you 30-338
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Old 12-24-2008, 07:31 PM
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Re: Reload suggestions for a 338 Lapua Improved Lehigh bullets&Retumbo

Hope all is well. I have the same bullets, but haven't gotten a chance to load any.
The folks at Lehigh said that 94gr Retumbo would be a good place to start for an accurate load.
Let us know how it goes
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Old 12-25-2008, 01:51 PM
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Re: Reload suggestions for a 338 Lapua Improved Lehigh bullets&Retumbo

Thanks Rocco...I will try it. Have you heard anything else about the Lehighs? We will hopefully also be shooting them in a 375 CheyTac soon.....30-338



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Hope all is well. I have the same bullets, but haven't gotten a chance to load any.
The folks at Lehigh said that 94gr Retumbo would be a good place to start for an accurate load.
Let us know how it goes
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Old 12-25-2008, 03:02 PM
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Re: Reload suggestions for a 338 Lapua Improved Lehigh bullets&Retumbo

Do they offer any sort of expanding bullet in 338 or 375? I checked out the web page and only found target/match bullets. Do you have special barrel specs to shoot them?
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Old 12-25-2008, 04:30 PM
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Re: Reload suggestions for a 338 Lapua Improved Lehigh bullets&Retumbo

Hey Lazy...I just emailed dave@lehighbullets.com . I should have done so earlier. When he responds, I will let you know what he says about the issue of shooting the Lehighs in a regular barrel. And as far as I know he doesn't offer hunting bullets in 338 or 375. I also encouraged him to become a member of the board. I think he would be welcomed! 30-338




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Do they offer any sort of expanding bullet in 338 or 375? I checked out the web page and only found target/match bullets. Do you have special barrel specs to shoot them?
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Old 12-25-2008, 06:30 PM
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Re: Reload suggestions for a 338 Lapua Improved Lehigh bullets&Retumbo

Lehigh said load them off of the lands. I think he said about .070" off if my memory serves me correctly. I am not home, visiting relatives so I don't have my notes.
I've heard good things about the accuracy so I figure I'll give them a try.
Here's another interesting bullet in the works:
Projectiles & New Systems - Sniper's Hide Forums
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:42 PM
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Re: Reload suggestions for a 338 Lapua Improved Lehigh bullets&Retumbo

I received a prompt response from Dave Fricke at Lehigh bullets. He seems like a very approachable person and knowledgable. I wish he were a member or a sponsor! Here is what he wrote...


"Here is part of the response that Dave sent me...

thanks for the inquiry. Let's take a shot at your questions. You can start the load from a Lehigh banded solid at the equivalent weight jacketed bullet weight. The critical variable is to keep the bullet 0.070" off the lands. These bullets will develop less chamber pressure than the same weight jacketed bullet so you will ultimately be able to load them hotter and achieve a higher velocity. They must be seated 0.070" off the lands. The bullet design is a hybrid borerider so the engraving force is low.
There is no need for a special bore or groove diameter with any of the Lehigh bullets...Jacketed bullets stretch to conform to barrel diameter variation... A solid is incompressible so...either the bullet has to be undersized or the bore oversized as the bullet will not compress or the barrel will expand and stretch (it will!)... upon the bullets passing ultimately destroying the barrel over a period of time. The driving bands on our bullets do create a slight loss in bc, but that it is far better than destroying barrels.
Our bullets will function in the standard or 0.001" oversize barrels."

Gives me a place to start and some good info! Thanks Dave 30-338







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Hey Lazy...I just emailed dave@lehighbullets.com . I should have done so earlier. When he responds, I will let you know what he says about the issue of shooting the Lehighs in a regular barrel. And as far as I know he doesn't offer hunting bullets in 338 or 375. I also encouraged him to become a member of the board. I think he would be welcomed! 30-338

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