8 MAG "THUNDERSTRUCK" project

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by NONYA, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. NONYA

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    Finally got my g5 B&C stock,fit is PERFECT,drop in,the bedding block is outstanding,the adjustable front rail/sling stud is really neat.Waiting on my Badger bolt knob,1 piece rail and extended mag to arive on the 26th and it will be complete...for now....hope to have Kirby put the finishing touch on her this summer.Sticking with the AC?DC run I started with "Dirty Deeds" I named this old 8 mag that my father carried all over the world "Thunderstruck",it has killed most of the African antelope,griz in Alaska and Russia,countless Bull elk,a pile of big muleys,black bears and my best buck,hope to make my first 1000 yard kill with it ASAP!
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  2. canderson

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    NONYA,

    Do you think that I can borrow the Thunderstruck name? That is what I was going to call my 338 AM when it gets here. Hopefully in a couple of weeks.:D
    Great looking rifle.

    Chris
     

  3. NONYA

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    Since we both come from a town with the same exact name why not?
     
  4. liltank

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    Nonya,
    What are you using for bullets? What kind of distance and BC are you getting? I always eyed up the 8mm but never really looked into it.

    Tank
     
  5. NONYA

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    180 grain TSX for the field,180 gr accubond for varmints and paper/steel,probably use the Noslers for anything over 500 yards,should be slowed down enough by then to make them perform as advertised.80 grains of IMR 4350 puts it just over 3200 fps.I may experiment with some RL22,never use it before but I like the idea of getting up near 3300 fps.
     
  6. remingtonman_25_06

    remingtonman_25_06 Well-Known Member

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    Nice looking rifle!! What are you using for optics??

    I think the AB will work aways inside 500 yards, just to pass some money saving ideas along your way. Those Barnes are waaaaaaaay overpriced, waaaaaaaaaay over-hyped and about as worthless as tits on a boar IMO.

    The AB has a maximum impact velocity rating of what, 3000fps?? If you start out at 3200fps, I can almost bet by the time you get to 100 yards, your velocity will be at 3000fps, or maybe slightly under which would make them work as "advertised" from about 100 yards on out.
     
  7. liltank

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    Boy, it would be nice to see somebody develop a nice bullet for the 8mm. I bet mounted a top a necked down Lapua case or 300 Rum case, it would be a hard hitter at long distance.
     
  8. Tyler Kemp

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    How is that Millett scope treating you?
     
  9. Gene Jr.

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    liltank,

    Must be a PA thing. I've been dreaming about a 8mmX300RUM for several years now and I'm getting really close to starting a build. Just searched Midway and there are a lot more good 8mm bullets than there used to be!! Exciting stuff.

    I have experience with a 8mm Mauser but this would be a whole new ball game. I'm glad to hear a good report about the 8mm mag. I've heard lots of poor accuracy complaints about it in the past. I think it was Jarrett that pointed the blame toward Rems choice of barrels for it?

    "Thunderstruck" is a nice looking project and a great way to keep a good rifle from slipping into retirement.

    Gene
     
  10. NONYA

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    Love it,trying to find another but everyone is backordered.Accuracy has never been an issue with this 8 mag,it shoots a ragged hole at 100 if the shooter does his job with handloads.If you think Barnes are junk its obvious you have no experience using them on game,Ive got a pile of trophys on the wall that would argue that,nothing penetrates better at long range,and thats what this project is about.gun)
     
  11. NONYA

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    Done till I can get Kirby cornered...
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    That looks sharp!
     
  13. Limbic

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    I'm a rookie on 8mm but wouldn't you get better BC out of bullets that were a bit heavier for caliber?
     
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