Originally Posted by brentc
Thanks for the story. You definitely have an interesting rifle setup. Not many 338 WSMs around. The new M70 is a straight rifle for sure. The Barnes bullets really do live up to the claims despite their B.C. shortcomings. I've shot several bears with a 270 grain .375 cal TSX, and every one I recovered, if I recovered it at all, was the same weight after destroying bones and vitals as it was prior to impact.
Brentc - That is impressive that you have recovered some of your 270 grain .375 TSXs. Just this season my buddy that shot a 5x6 the day after me recovered his .338 210 TTSX from his bull (the first TSX I have ever seen recovered). It was his 2nd shot from 430 yards, hit some oak branches before the elk, traveled nearly the entire length of the elk before stopping under the skin on the far side. Barnes really makes some amazingly durable bullets.
Yes, the 338wsm is a fun little gun. Probably not a lot around as it definitely is not a long range setup... it just doesn't have the horsepower to push a high B.C. 338 bullet fast enough. But it really is accurate out to its effective range. And out to medium ranges the lower B.C. of the 210 TTSX I shoot is not as big of an impact as it might be for longer range setups. All around I think the barnes bullet is a perfect fit for the rifle.