Barnes LRX and RL-17, RL-33 powders 338 Lapua or 270 WSM loads

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by drvines07, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. drvines07

    drvines07 New Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    Has anyone loaded any 280gr Barnes LRX for 338 Lapua with RL-33? Neither alliant nor Barnes had tested them and would not offer suggestions. Any other load suggestions for the 280 gr lrx would be appreciated as well. I also had trouble getting info from them for 270 WSM 129gr LRX and 130gr TTSX with RL-17, I would appreciate any suggestions with this as well. I have asked about the 270 wsm on another forum and gotten a few responses that seem to agree 60-62gr works best but would like to have more input. Thank you in advance for any info.
  2. marioq

    marioq Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2012
    Look up barnesuser24 I think. Riley is his name. He's a huge Barnes fan and might have some info for u. I tried rl33 and could not get it to group. 1 inch at 100. Was the best I got. Shot retumbo and it's .5 inches. 3 holes. Minus the .338 and that is damn tight. I only have a 26 inch barrel so that might be why.

  3. cm2014

    cm2014 New Member

    Sep 19, 2014
    I struggled for a while with the 280 grain LRX in .338 Lapua using Alliant Reloader 33 (RL-33). I collected data from 86 grains to 98 grains, and .010" off the lands to .110" off the lands. My measured case capacity (fired brass) is 7.50ml (significantly larger than QuickLOAD default). QuickLOAD consistently under-predicted muzzle velocity so be careful. I have a 24" barrel. The general results are:

    • My gun shoots best at .100" off the lands and 95.4 grains of RL-33 for a muzzle velocity around 2750 fps. I'm getting about .6 MOA with a hunting rifle.
    • There is a huge velocity change with seating depth (more than 150 fps), so if you are thinking of going close to the lands I would start with something less than 86 grain. The velocity is all over the place (and gets sketchy) when you get closer than .030".
    • I found another reasonable load at around 92 grains of powder when .050" off the lands (as Barnes suggests generically on their website) with a muzzle velocity of around 2750 fps. The standard deviation on the velocity was still fairly high compared to the .100" loads, and it did not group quite as well, but was not terrible.
    • I tried to find a good group closer to 2650 fps to be consistent with Retumbo and H-1000 data, but the RL-33 just would not group well below 2730 fps in my rifle.

    Hope this helps someone out, I searched very hard and could not find info on this load. Barnes has not tried it, neither has Alliant. I was shocked to find such a huge bullet jump to be the optimum, and it was one of the last things I tried.
  4. yama49

    yama49 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Here's some data i posted on another site, not rl33 but some more info if your interested
    338 Barnes LRX

    338 Edge