33 Nosler - what am I missing?

Joe Moore

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I just recently purchased at .33 nosler .. My first rifle or .338 caliber size .. I reloaded 225 accubonds with 80 grains of rl 19 and it 2970 FPS out of a nosler m 48 custom . 26 barrel + 3 inch of break .. very impressive .. it’s not a joke . Wow
 

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I have enjoyed shooting my 33 Nos and it hammers on game.. It is a Lane precision rifle and I have to really say it fits my need.. I have shot the 250 Elite hunters up past 3000 fps with R-26 but I don't like that powder for hunting as I hunt the Desert and I locked up a bolt when I dropped elevation.. I had a stout load of R-26 and it was fine at cool temp but sucked at desert heat temps.. Anyway, I went back to shooting the 250 EH with 4831 SC at 2890 right now and it is a great little gun.. I'm not sure why Nosler made the 33 case smaller , they could have used a 28 nos case and had a lot more case capacity. JMHO..
I have shot the bigger 338 calibers and didn't want that much recoil.. So 33 Nos was my choice.. It outruns both my friends 338 win mags by a good pace, and it doesn't kick any harder.. So, " To each their own." Find what will fit the bill for you... I am really looking forward to some of the new offerings of Hammer bullets.. According to the velocity that Steve is talking about it will be a game changer for the 33 and you won't get your arm kicked off..
My 8 year old loves shooting the 33 and he is very accurate.. Better than me most days.. Anyway, Pick something and Don't look back... Everyone will have a opinion.. I wouldn't tell you to not build a 33.. But I would get some freebore. I don't believe Sammi will make you happy.. Good luck in your choice..
 

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I have enjoyed shooting my 33 Nos and it hammers on game.. It is a Lane precision rifle and I have to really say it fits my need.. I have shot the 250 Elite hunters up past 3000 fps with R-26 but I don't like that powder for hunting as I hunt the Desert and I locked up a bolt when I dropped elevation.. I had a stout load of R-26 and it was fine at cool temp but sucked at desert heat temps.. Anyway, I went back to shooting the 250 EH with 4831 SC at 2890 right now and it is a great little gun.. I'm not sure why Nosler made the 33 case smaller , they could have used a 28 nos case and had a lot more case capacity. JMHO..
I have shot the bigger 338 calibers and didn't want that much recoil.. So 33 Nos was my choice.. It outruns both my friends 338 win mags by a good pace, and it doesn't kick any harder.. So, " To each their own." Find what will fit the bill for you... I am really looking forward to some of the new offerings of Hammer bullets.. According to the velocity that Steve is talking about it will be a game changer for the 33 and you won't get your arm kicked off..
My 8 year old loves shooting the 33 and he is very accurate.. Better than me most days.. Anyway, Pick something and Don't look back... Everyone will have a opinion.. I wouldn't tell you to not build a 33.. But I would get some freebore. I don't believe Sammi will make you happy.. Good luck in your choice..
I was pretty surprised with how well brakes reduce the recoil of the 338 lapua mag improved. Shoots about like a 308 with 150s. Very pleasant. It's not brutal without a brake but nothing pleasant either. POI changes when brake comes off. I hate brakes but love the reduction of recoil and shootability of the gun with the brake on it.
 

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It's too bad there can't be something in between. The 338Win and even the 33Noz are just a tad under for the heavies, but the RUM, Lapua, and 378 cases are beastly. I think the 300Wby case necked to .338 would be perfect and you could use the factory NORMA brass that is better than average. That would be the perfect balance of velocity and shoot-ability. They would feed well and have a wide range of great powders available to fill that case to bore ratio. If only.
 

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It's too bad there can't be something in between. The 338Win and even the 33Noz are just a tad under for the heavies, but the RUM, Lapua, and 378 cases are beastly. I think the 300Wby case necked to .338 would be perfect and you could use the factory NORMA brass that is better than average. That would be the perfect balance of velocity and shoot-ability. They would feed well and have a wide range of great powders available to fill that case to bore ratio. If only.
338 Norma
 

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It's too bad there can't be something in between. The 338Win and even the 33Noz are just a tad under for the heavies, but the RUM, Lapua, and 378 cases are beastly. I think the 300Wby case necked to .338 would be perfect and you could use the factory NORMA brass that is better than average. That would be the perfect balance of velocity and shoot-ability. They would feed well and have a wide range of great powders available to fill that case to bore ratio. If only.
33N is 97gr
338 rum 110
338 lapua 114

The 338 norma is 105-106 and runs perfectly in 3.8" magazine setups. It's still a little small for the 280-300gr pills. Improving the case will get you to 108-109 and then it runs right with the rum/lapua.
 

DNADave

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I think the 300Wby case necked to .338 would be perfect and you could use the factory NORMA brass that is better than average.
Isn't that the .340 Wby? When I look at the cases for both my .300 Wby and my .340 Wby, the only difference appears to be the diameter of the neck.

The difference in recoil between the two is noticeable in unbraked rifles.
 

Quintus

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Isn't that the .340 Wby? When I look at the cases for both my .300 Wby and my .340 Wby, the only difference appears to be the diameter of the neck.

The difference in recoil between the two is noticeable in un-braked rifles.
It is indeed the 340 Wby. I think for a hunting .338 it is the perfect capacity. I do think there is definitely a place for the huge cases in .338 and up, and I LOVE the RUM case. I do feel that the Wby case just doesn't give up much in punch, but is way easier to manage than the really big cases. Admittedly I am a bit of a recoil baby.
 

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It is indeed the 340 Wby. I think for a hunting .338 it is the perfect capacity.
I also love my .340 Wby. It has done all that I have asked of it with ease.

But, I still wouldn't go through a whole box of ammo without using my PAST recoil vest. :)
 

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