.338 Win Mag Loads for Elk and Moose

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Shooter54, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. Shooter54

    Shooter54 Member

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    I have just purchased Blaser R8 in 338 win mag. I am anticipating shots to 400 yes. As such do any forum members have recommendations for loads out tot this range?
     
  2. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    I'll suggest the 225 SST by Hornady. The 215 Sierra Game King is a good one also.

    Tank
     

  3. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

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    for the .338 Win I would take liltank's advice on the 225 SST's. they are really cheap to shoot and I have found them to be accurate and perform well terminally on game. I use them out of my .338 RUM and they are a great bullet. If you want a tougher bullet then I would use the 225 grain TTSX. I have also had very good luck with them, they're just pricey.
     
  4. Sendero_Man

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    the 225 and 250 accubonds are great on game too...
     
  5. WildRose

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    The 210gr Scirocco II should be an awesome perfomer in this caliber as well.
     
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    According to Swift's website, it has a .507 G1 bc which should make for a great short barrel light weight medium range (600-700 yard) big game rig..
     
  7. Shooter54

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    Thanks to all for the excellent responses. This was my first posting on any of LRH forums and I did not know what to expect? Are there reference materialslightbulb I can locate on the web to assist in load development?
     
  8. liltank

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    Not sure on this sight, but reloadersnest.com is good source. I would suggest starting there and see what you can find. Mind you, when ever you find other peoples loads, work up to them. Sometimes people post loads that work well for their particular rifle, but not necessarily safe for yours. There is some very knowledgeable people here that can offer some sage advice. When I loaded for .338WM about 15yrs ago I wasn't very successful. My cousin ended up loading for me. I was new to the game then and still learning. Hope to get another 338WM some day.

    Tank
     
  9. Shooter54

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    Sage aadvice, Liltank. I am very new to the reloading game with some old equipment so I'll need to get the critical essentials, both in equipment and procedures..
     
  10. Shooter54

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    Any opinion on the G7 Ballisstics Calculator?
     
  11. liltank

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    It's pretty good. I use it often. I have an ipod so I use the FTE Ballistics program as well. I just printed out to field cards off the G7 Ballistics calculator yesterday. So do you need advice on equipment for reloading or what exactly are you needing in information? For a well rounded reloading manual, I like the Lyman 49th edition. I use three different manuals when I load to compare load data. The Sierra load manual has never steered me wrong either. The Sierra and Lee loading manuals have some great reading in the beginning of the books on "How to load" and some extra advice on advanced techniques. Don't know if you have found the sight yet, but Accurate shooter has a ton of info with with advanced loading info. They won't actually have a lot of information on the .338WM, but all the information is still pertinent for brass preparation and load work up.

    I think you'll find that H4350/IMR 4350, H4831/IMR4831, H1000, Ramshot Magnum, Accurate RL19 and 22, will work well for the 225 Hornady's. If you want to shoot the heavier bullets, then I would suggest slower powders. Here is a great reference for comparing burn rates. This is useful when you want to try different powders from other companies and want to stay in specific burn rate. Burn rate is the speed of the powder burn to propel specific weight bullets. The lighter the bullet, the faster the powder you want. The heavier the bullet, the slower the burn. Here is one I use by Lapua:

    http://www.lapua.com/upload/reloading/reloadingburningratechart2011.pdf

    This should get you started.

    Tank
     
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    alaska Well-Known Member

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    My favorite Moose Rifle the 338 Win

    225gr Nosler Part or Accubond
    Reloader 19 @ 78.0
    federal 215 GM primer
    WW cases
    2900 + FPS in old Win 70 with 25"

    My load for 8 years

    this load is very close to the Alliant Reloader 19 powder website load also
     

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