.30-338 Winchester Shooters

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by 300winnie, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. 300winnie

    300winnie Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2005
    I am currently in possession of a custom rifle in .30-338 Caliber. The gun is my friends, but he wants me to sell it for him. He has been out of the shooting/hunting life for about ten years and is liquidating. He bought the gun just prior to this walk in the desert so he has only shot enough cartridges to sight it in. He can't remember anything about loading for it so I am at square one. I told him it would be a tough sell as it is a custom gun and we have no data on it, or targets to show us what it can or can't do. I told him I would work with it enough to obtain some data for potential buyers.

    Here is my question: Assuming the use of 180 grain bullets, and assuming that I have IMR 4831, IMR 7828, IMR 4350, H1000, RL19, RL22, and RL25 on hand, where should I start? Do I have optimum powders for this cartridge on hand, or do I need to look at other options?

    Any special quirks about loading for this cartridge? I have loaded for the .300 Winchester Magnum for years, and I assume it will be very similar, but if there is someone out there that has experience I would love to hear it.

  2. DougH9

    DougH9 Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    I have two (a custom M70 and a 40x). I shoot 180 grain bullets, and have found two favorite loads:

    180 grain Hornady Interbond
    75 grains of H4831sc or 78 grains of H1000
    Fed 215
    W-W 338 mag case

    these loads crono's right at 3,100, and both powders print to same POI. I have run a grain more of both, but primer pockets get a little loose.