338 1:10 twist

trueblue

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Will a 1:10 twist stabilize the 300gr smk and why is everyone using 1:9.3 twist?
 

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Will a 1:10 twist stabilize the 300gr smk and why is everyone using 1:9.3 twist?

I've had two different edges w/10 twist barrels they both shot them good. I'd imagine everyones going to the faster twist for the wildcat bullets.


-Nathan
 

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The 1 in 10 twist is the best all round twist for 200 gr to 300 grain bullets, But if you are
only going to shoot 300 grain bullets then the 1 in 9.2 ,9.25 or 9.5 would 'probably" be
better. (No proof of that just a hunch)>

If you are planning to build a monster 338 (Excalibur or bigger the fast twist is not nessary).

J E CUSTOM
 

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With a .338 Edge or similar I think you will have no problems out to 1500 yards with a 1 : 10 twist and the 300gn SMK.
 

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We use a 1:10 on a 338 Lapua using 300grn SMK's. No problems with stabilization so far. I know it is not a far shot, but I picked an empty shotgun shell off of a backstop this past weekend at 100yrds through the middle dead center with the described rifle and bullet above.

Tank
 

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This is only my opinion so take it with a grain of salt but I wonder how much of this 9.2, 9.3, 9.whatever stuff comes from some of these computer software programs that you input the information and it calculates "the perfect" twist rate.

I am always open for something better but when you have guys like Shawn Carlock, Kirby Allen and Dan Lilja all saying 1-10, well, that's good enough for me.
 

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My 338 Lapua has a 10 twist lilja 27 1/2". All I shoot is 300 smk's. Yesterday I was tsesting a new scope for it. 8-32 x 56 NXS. I only shot 1 three shot group at 1008 yards. pic below. I would rather be lucky than good. But the two previous groups I shot at this same target were 3 shot groups that all 6 fell into 5" shot on two different days. So I say the 10 twist is fine with 300 SMK's. But if you would ever want to go with longer custom bullets a 9.5 would probably be better. I should also say I have shot a 36" gong at 2100 yards with this rifle and was pleased with the number of hits.

Jeff gun)gun)

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With a .338 Edge or similar I think you will have no problems out to 1500 yards with a 1 : 10 twist and the 300gn SMK.

I was wondering if the 9.3 twist would help going through the transonic and may lessen the effects you saw at 2285 yrds.
A good share of the 338 Norma Mags I have read about, which seems to be designed around the 300SMK, run the 9.3 twist.
Granted that this would be out of the norm for most shooting.
 

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The higher the BC the tighter the required twist will usually be. There will be some new high BC bullets coming along requiring a 9 twist or better, If you want to take advantage of them, then you'll need the appropriate twist. If I get a barrel chambered for 338 it will be a 9 twist if not an 8. I am waiting to see what happens in Las Vegas next month and see what Noel Carlson is offering.

-Mark
 

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