338 Edge question

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Hotrod617, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. Hotrod617

    Hotrod617 Active Member

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    Shot the new rifle and with 300gr Berger Hybrid I got a .280 three shot group at 100yds. most were under .5 except when shooter error raised its ugly head.. lol

    I am going Moose hunting in about 6 weeks and after reading about the Berger possibly not being a good choice for hunting. I am hoping for good responses on accuracy :) I really don't expect a shot over about 300yds max because I will be down on the river most of the time.

    So my question is, does anyone have any loading info on the Barnes 265 grain LRX Boattail? Also what are peoples thoughts about this bullet for hunting?

    Thanks
    Bill
     
  2. barnesuser28

    barnesuser28 Well-Known Member

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    There are quite a few people on here that use the 300 grain Berger for hunting with good results but I however prefer a bullet that stays together and penetrates deep. I like the Barnes concept that's why I load them in every caliber .243 and above.:D (that I reload for) I am using the 280 grain Barnes LRX in a Savage 338 Lapua and I am getting excellent accuracy with my best group so far at .277 CTC at 100 yards but most groups in the .35 range at 100. For big moose at semi short range the 265 grain LRX will serve you well.

    Hope this helps!
     

  3. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Bill, don't believe it. Someone is spewing BS. Take it from a guy with many many elk kills, deer kills, antelope, and yotes to 1200 yards. All with 300 gr Berger Hybrids from a 338 LM and plenty under 400 yards. All fell and never needed a second one. ALL complete pass throughs with nice exit holes and destroyed vitals. No BS here, and I have posted many many photos of the exits to prove what I say.

    Go put one of those 300 Bergers in a Moose and watch him go down.

    Good luck on your hunt.

    Jeff
     
  4. Hotrod617

    Hotrod617 Active Member

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    Barnsuser28,
    thanks for the reply. what muzzle velocity are you running on the 280Grn Barnes? Just ordered some 280 grain LRX :) Now I got more work to do...

    Bill
     
  5. Hotrod617

    Hotrod617 Active Member

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    Broz,

    LOL, Didnt mean to start a war.. lol

    I really like the way the Berger shoots... Would you have a problem at 100yds with the Bergers on Elk? (closest thing to a moose I have shot) Some people say once you stretch out the Berger (slow it down) then it does good. Just worried about coming around the bend in the river and seeing THE moose 90yds away... The Yukon only comes around once a year for me...

    Bill
     
  6. barnesuser28

    barnesuser28 Well-Known Member

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    I am running them 2707 with 84.4 grains of retumbo seated .100 off the lands. I think the chamber of the savage is rough or is small or my chronograph is off which i am pretty sure it is. You should be able to push them closer to 2800-2850 fps with around 90 grains of Retumbo but like always work up slowly.

    Good Luck!

    P.S. I think I need to give savage a call come Monday.
     
  7. Franklin

    Franklin Well-Known Member

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    After seeing all the pics broz has posted, I wouldn't be afraid to use the bergers on moose. Another good choice if your worried about it would be the 300gr accubond. They've always put gargantum sized holes in everything I've shot.
     
  8. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    I understand. Here is the scoop, if I was pushing a 140 Berger to ultra high velocity I would not recommend it for shots under 100 yds. But a 300 gr Berger OTM at 2800 MV... No problem even at 50 yards. This is why use the largest bullet I can get. I send fragments into the vitals and destroy them and the 1/2 or so that is left blows a nice hole out the other side. I have never recovered one at any range.

    Have you seen this thread?

    http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f17/lets-see-your-berger-kills-94959/

    Toward the end there is a pic of one recovered from a 25-06. Looks perfect to me.

    I don't want to talk you into anything. Use what you are confortable with. It is your hunt. But don't believe the BS!! I have plenty of Berger kills and I know first hand. My experience has been way worse with other bullets not expanding. I need to get out and prove how far one of these 300 Bergers will penetrate by taking a 3/4 shot or something. But I am not typically an azz shooter. I can tell you this, no elk has held one for me yet broadside, even under 300 yrds.

    Jeff
     
  9. barnesuser28

    barnesuser28 Well-Known Member

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    Let us know how they workout.