338 RUM bullets

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by bobinpa, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. bobinpa

    bobinpa Well-Known Member

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    I know this is a loaded question, but I want the best bullet, so which is it? I am planning a Moose hunt, but for Moose, Elk, Caribou which bullet would you use? Nosler Accubonds, Nosler Partitions, Barnes(I have heard that some guys get copper with the Barnes). I would like to use a 225 gr bullet and I am just looking for opinions.
    Thanks, Bob
     
  2. Joel Russo

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    For "real close" stuff the Partition will be fine. If there is any distance involved, look no further than the 225 AB.
     

  3. bobinpa

    bobinpa Well-Known Member

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    What difference does the distance make..... I don't understand.
     
  4. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    I've shot alot of TSX the copper is no more than any other jacketed bullets in my rifle, infact less than some. The Terminal performance is outstanding in 7mm & 30 Cal in my experience.
    How far do you plan to shoot?
    The 225 TSX has performed outstandingly in my 338 Win Mag. For true long range the TSX BCs or a little on the low side IMHO, but I have taken game out to 777 yards with the 180 TSX in my 300 Win Mag
     
  5. woods

    woods Well-Known Member

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    I have a 338RUM coming and plan on trying the new 225 gr Barnes Tipped Triple Shocks. They are different than the regular triple shocks in that they are boat tailed. When I got the box I sorted them according to weight and was surprised at the range from low to high.

    They are laid out on the towel separated by .1 gr starting at the top left at 224.0 gr and going left to right to the bullet at the bottom right which was 225.7 gr

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    The breakout is:
    224.0 gr - 1
    224.2 gr - 1
    224.3 gr - 2
    224.5 gr - 1
    224.6 gr - 1
    224.7 gr - 1
    224.8 gr - 2
    224.9 gr - 12
    225.0 gr - 12
    225.1 gr - 9
    225.2 gr - 1
    225.3 gr - 1
    225.4 gr - 3
    225.6 gr - 2
    225.7 gr - 1

    One of them had the tip broken off and I was surprised at the larger hollow point behind the tip than the regular TSX

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    If my rifle doesn't like them then the 225 gr Accubond is next on the list.
     
  6. Joel Russo

    Joel Russo Official LRH Sponsor

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    Bob,

    The 225 Partition has a .454 BC compared to the .550 BC of the Accubond.

    The AB is much better for long range work.
     
  7. philny1

    philny1 Well-Known Member

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    225gr AB

    My 338 RUM is my to go gun. Fairly pleasent to shoot with a brake and easy to load for. Haven't really found anything it doesn't like. Listen to Joel, the 225gr Accubond will get the job done.
    To date have taken a Dall ram, two bull elk and a cow at ranges from 350 to 698 yds all with the AB. Plus we had grizzly tags in AK, I wouldn't hesitate for a second to smack one with that bullet.
    Phil
     
  8. davewilson

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    when moose is on the list, i'd give the edge to the barnes. they are simply the best bone bustin, penetrating bullet out there. i just tested a couple of the tipped 3shocks this evening. shot a 168 ttxs into my standard setup, at least it's been the standard for the last couple of weeks. i put a piece of plywoosd, milkjug, plywood, then several milk jugs behind. at 2917fps, it went through the first 5 and was in the 6st jug. it looked as good as any picture you ever saw of them. perfect mushroom with 4 sharp pedals bent completely around. the interesting part to me was that the 2 x 6 board they were sitting on, and the first piece of plywood were bulged out away from the hydrostatic shock that occures when the bullet passes through. i used these same boards last week when i tested the al tipped and sierra bullets. even though they come apart very quickly, nothing ever happened to the boards they were sitting on or the board in front. this would be at least 6 impacts on each board. it's a testament to the fact that a flat front on a bullet, even though it isn't as big diameter wise, will creat a larger wound channel than a typical rounded front bullet. it simply makes more hydrostatic shock. it's the main reason they kill so well.
     
  9. bobinpa

    bobinpa Well-Known Member

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    Does the accubond hold together if you hit a big shoulder like on a Moose or Elk?
     
  10. davewilson

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    the Accubond is a shed 50% of it's weight kind of bullet. arguably the best choice for "one bullet that can do it all"
     
  11. Joel Russo

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    We haven't had a Moose, Elk, Grizzly Bear, Wolf, or Dall Sheep walk away from an AB yet.

    Just ask Philny1..
     
  12. Lightvarmint

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    Get a sample of all the different ones that interest you and then see what the gun prefers.

    James