338 Lapua Hunting Loads

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by ivo, Aug 11, 2004.

  1. ivo

    ivo Well-Known Member

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    My New rifle is supposed to be coming in this week (Sako TRG 42) and I'm searching for a real accurate hunting load. I know a lot of people are using 300 SMK's even though they aren't a hunting bullet but what the hell if it drops an elk at 600yds its good enough for me.
    Does anyone have any experience with either of the following:
    225gr Nosler Accubond
    250gr Sierra Gameking
    From what I understand the these rifles generally seem to like boattails.
    Does anyone else shoot a 1 in 12" twist barrel, if so what seems to work?
    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. chris matthews

    chris matthews Well-Known Member

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    Afraid I am one of the MK fans for my Lapua. But if I had to choose another bullet, especially for a 12 twist (mine are 10)then I would use the Accubond.
     

  3. c east

    c east Well-Known Member

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    Not real sure but the 300gr MKs may be too much for the 1/12" twist...
     
  4. Dave King

    Dave King Well-Known Member

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    In my first 338 Lapua I used the 250 Gameking (~3200fps). Very accurate and I killed a few critters with it. Another bullet that I used than, and a buddy still uses, is the 200 Ballistic Tip (~3400 fps).

    The Gamekings I recovered had shed the jacket as is typical on a lead core bullet (non-bonded I guess) but the dead critters didn't seem to care.