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Old 02-23-2012, 10:55 AM
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Re: 325WSM 200 grainers Vs 220 grainers

I use it as medium range mountain rifle for elk. I have also taken an oryx with it. I have not lost an animal with it yet but I have not taken a shot over 400 yards with it either.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:32 PM
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Re: 325WSM 200 grainers Vs 220 grainers

That's good feedback thanks
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:46 AM
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Re: 325WSM 200 grainers Vs 220 grainers

Hi did you end up getting a load sorted for your 325 and Sambar, Ive just got one myself and would appreciate any feedback
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:44 AM
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Re: 325WSM 200 grainers Vs 220 grainers

For Elk size animals I have found that 225 to 250 grain Accubonds work extremely well in 338s.

I use the 225 and the 250s in my 338 RUM, and the 225s in my 338 RCM (Very close to the 325
WSM).

The Accubonds seam to be the most consistent bullets I have used and wound channels are very consistent with different impact locations.

I would recommend the 220grain Accubonds for Sambar, Elk, and Stag. And 200 grain Accubonds for deer size game using the 325 WSM.

Just my opinion based on the results I have had with different bullets on Elk size game (I have never shot a Sambar stag but killed Nilgai and they are very tough).

With the Accubond ,you don't have to make a shoulder bone shot to make the bullet expand.
they expand with soft tissue shot placement but do not come apart and normally have full penetration.

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Old 06-16-2013, 05:36 PM
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Re: 325WSM 200 grainers Vs 220 grainers

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Hi did you end up getting a load sorted for your 325 and Sambar, Ive just got one myself and would appreciate any feedback
Hi moorey78,

Before I comment please note that the load I am using is 2 grains over max from what information is available on the following web site:

Alliant Powder - Reloader's Guide

My 325WSM has a skinny barrel and a lot of work went into finding a good load for it that was suitable for sambar (barrel harmonics etc.). I would advise you start 5% or more below the following loads and find what works well in YOUR rifle.

I have developed 2 loads both using Reloader(RL) 17. This powder can be hard to get but worth its weight in gold.

Load 1 (not suitable for sambar IMO, but your choice)
220 grain Sierra Game King
64 grains RL17
Average over the Chrony 2820fps
ĺ inch groups at 100 meters

Load 2 (the ducks guts and pic attached FYI)
200 grain Nosler Accubond
67 grains RL17 (could be hot in your rifle)
Average over the Chrony 3050fps
1/2 inch groups at 100 meters

The picture attached shows the first 3 shots fired using the 200 grain load and subsequent sighting in confirmed the groupings. Over the Chrony the spread in velocity over 3 shots was 15 fps which I was very happy with.

As for the choice in projectile use, itís up to you. I was turned off Sierra many years ago but gave them a go in the 325WSM and will never use them in a rifle used to take a tough animal such as a sambar again. I know a lot of people like Sierra and thatís their prerogative, I simply dont like them.


I would stick with the 200 grain Accubonds and from what Iíve read on other posts they seem to be the projectile of choice in the 325WSM. Iíve used Accubonds in other rifles on sambar and they are a consistent performed that gets the job done.

I hope this has been of some help.


Good hunting and be safe.


Dennis


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Old 06-18-2013, 07:06 AM
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Re: 325WSM 200 grainers Vs 220 grainers

Hi Dennis

Thanks for the help there mate, I have a tub of RE17 and am up to 65 grn with Accubonds ( i did load some for a pressure test but only went up to 66gn and was no sign of pressure however as most info I could find said 65 was max I settled on this) and not entirely happy with groups yet, did you find that lower charges didnt group as well?
Thats a pretty good group for a big caliber so I will up my charge again and load some up and test on the weekend.
You may have said already however what rifle are you using? I am using a browning X bolt stainless stalker.
Have you taken many Sambar with this Rifle yet?

Thanks again for you help

Wayne
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:18 AM
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Re: 325WSM 200 grainers Vs 220 grainers

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Hi Dennis

Thanks for the help there mate, I have a tub of RE17 and am up to 65 grn with Accubonds ( i did load some for a pressure test but only went up to 66gn and was no sign of pressure however as most info I could find said 65 was max I settled on this) and not entirely happy with groups yet, did you find that lower charges didnt group as well?
Thats a pretty good group for a big caliber so I will up my charge again and load some up and test on the weekend.
You may have said already however what rifle are you using? I am using a browning X bolt stainless stalker.
Have you taken many Sambar with this Rifle yet?

Thanks again for you help

Wayne
Hi Wayne,

I have a Browning X-bolt as well but with the fluted barrel. Nice and light weight, and you can carry them all day, great for backpacking too.

I found when I was doing load development that I was getting average results as well however when you get it right the results is very good. Mate your definitely on the right track using the 200 grain Accubonds and I would suggest playing around in Ĺ grain increments, so 65.5, 66.0, 66.5 and 67 grains. From what I experience with the Browning you probably very close to hitting the target load right now.

If you get to the higher end of the scale and see pressure signs then donít shoot them. I was loading 6 up, using 3 to test groups and if they grouped well then Chrony at least 2, leaving 1 up your sleeve for whatever.

I also get a bit particular with my loads. I know itís a deer gun and sambar are big so many would argue that clover leaving is not necessary and that fair enough unless you want to shoot them out far. Iím not about shooting deer at long distances but I will put in the effort to optimise my loads as much as possible. If youíre loading why would you not want to optimise? If I wanted to push a 165 grain projectile at 2600 fps, Iíd buy a 30-06 not a 300 Ultra Mag.

Yeah I have taken 1 sambar deer with this rifle using the 220 grain Game Kings. It was a hind I head shot at just less than 10 meters in the thick stuff so not an accurate test of the calibres capability. Apart from that I have not seen anything real good while carting the 325WSM, plenty of small fellas but no screamers.


I donít think you should be concerned about the 325WSM ability to stop a sambar. Itís a pretty big hole and 200 grains is a lot of weight to throw around at 3050 fps. Its comes down to the old adage of shot placement.

Good luck with it this weekend and let me know how you go.

Dennis
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