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.338LM bullet selection for Coastal Brown bears

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Unread 09-13-2011, 09:07 PM
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.338LM bullet selection for Coastal Brown bears

Hi everyone, new to the forum here and I am quite impressed with all the knowledge and advice. I will be going on my 3rd Alaskan brown bear hunt in a few weeks and I need some bullet advice. On the previous 2 hunts I have used a .340 Weatherby with 250 gr Nosler/ Winchester CT Partition Gold bullets with good success. On this hunt I will be taking my .338 LM and was curious if 300gr Berger Gen II hybrids might work as well on big bears at longer ranges(300-600 yds) Any input greatly appreciated.
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    Unread 09-14-2011, 08:35 AM
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    Re: .338LM bullet selection for Coastal Brown bears

    If it were up to me, I would go with a harder, tougher bullet such as the Barnes LRX 265 gr.
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    Re: .338LM bullet selection for Coastal Brown bears

    You might find these interesting.

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    At this point I have tested the accuracy of this bullet extensivly and found it to be the most accurate long range .338 bullet I have ever loaded. But it is so new that not many have tested it on game. So at this point actual field tests will be limited. But you will probably get some suggestions from people that have never shot the bullet. All I can tell you from the testing I have done (over 250 rounds) is I will be using them on Elk this season from 200 yards to well past 1000.

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    Re: .338LM bullet selection for Coastal Brown bears

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    If it were up to me, I would go with a harder, tougher bullet such as the Barnes LRX 265 gr.
    ^^^This, if you were doing something like trying to poke one at 1200yds or something (not that they'd let you) I would probably give the Berger the nod... These bears are tough, use the Barnes, break bones & put the bruin on the ground permanently. The recent reviews of the Berger have been VERY intriguing, but they weren't shooting Brown Bear, they were shooting the type of animals that Brown Bear EAT (well, they could).

    I can offer this: As I weight sort Barnes (TTSX), the consistency is fantastic, I have yet to measure the bearing surfaces for consistency, but due to their manufacturing process, I am not too concerned.

    LTLR on here uses Barnes for long range to wonderful success & it has been noted that their listed BC's may (I said may), be well on the conservative side, which is a nice change....

    I am in NO WAY trying to trash Berger, I just cannot recommend them for dangeous game.... will they work? Probably, but what are you going to do if you have to go into the alders after your bruin with a mag full of match bullets?
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    Re: .338LM bullet selection for Coastal Brown bears

    Barnes x 100.,,, Berger's are for paper and way less dangerous animals.
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    Re: .338LM bullet selection for Coastal Brown bears

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    If it were up to me, I would go with a harder, tougher bullet such as the Barnes LRX 265 gr.
    Looks Like elkoholic beat a few of us to the punch. Here is my experience. if you flat out want to put an animal on the ground crush bone and do serious damage then the 250 TSX or 265 LRX or the 285 TSX are all really good options. I would pick the 265 LRX personally. However I shoot a target/varmint bullet (300 SMK) out of my 338LM and it works but only because im shooting thin skinned game like deer and antelope. I Have shot a cow elk and my sister a bull with my rifle and the 300 SMK put it down no doubt just because 300 grains is soo much lead it has to go somewhere and it takes a good bit of meat and bone to stop all of that inertia. But it doesnt blow big holes through them like it will a deer. I think the 300 Berger or SMK will work no problem for the reasons listed above. but If it were my hunt I would be working up a load with 265 LRX for the extra insurance.
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    Re: .338LM bullet selection for Coastal Brown bears

    I can't say about the Berger, like most I'd lean another way. You've been twice with the
    250 Nosler/Winchester bullets with "good success". The Swift 275 A-frame is a little more of the same thing if you're looking for a change.
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