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What is your favorite .338 win mag bullet?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by mookmanjdj, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. mookmanjdj

    mookmanjdj Oregon Coast Member

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    I have a Ruger M77 in .338 win mag. I want to develop a load for hunting in the coastal range. What bullet and grain do you like the best?
     
  2. k7grc

    k7grc Banks, Or Active Member

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    I'm still working on mine.
    I've tried; Nosler #16337 210 grain with 67.5 gr. W231

    and

    #57625 AccuBond 180 gr. with 79gr. IMR7828. both work well.

    This summer i'll work on the larger gr. bullets.
     
  3. sheepdip

    sheepdip Redland Well-Known Member

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    I load a 200 grn hornady interlock over 75 grns of 4831 gives just shy of 3000 fps. shoots flat and hits hard:thumbup:
     
  4. chainsaw

    chainsaw East side of Or. Active Member

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    My Savage 111 likes 250 gr. Partitions.with 72 grs.of imr 4831.shoots 3/8" groups when I have a good day.
     
  5. sneakboxer

    sneakboxer NW OR Active Member

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    You mean W760 right?
     
  6. k7grc

    k7grc Banks, Or Active Member

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    yes, I had w760 written down in the load data book, and for some reason I have w231 in the Pointblack software.
    Thanks for pointing this out.
     
  7. sheepdip

    sheepdip Redland Well-Known Member

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    3/8" groups? is that a 1 shot group? thats damn tight for a big bore hunting rifle! or is it a dedicated paper puncher?
     
  8. gehrheart

    gehrheart fidalgo island Well-Known Member

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    another vote for Nosler Partitions, 250 grain.
    loaded about 83grains of H4831 and a WLMP WBY load.
    shoot Sub-MOA

    I have been wanting to try out some of the Barns offerings in .338..
     
  9. gehrheart

    gehrheart fidalgo island Well-Known Member

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    I have seen a lot of good hunting rifles up through 458 that can shoot groups like that or better!
     
  10. chainsaw

    chainsaw East side of Or. Active Member

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    Factory hunting rifle.I shot a 3 rd group sunday using 68 grs of rx 19 and Sierra 215 gk bullets that was smaller than 3/8".Dont think for a minut that I shoot like that all the time,I dont.I get lucky sometimes.I do believe though that the rifle is very capable of this kind of accuracy.
     
  11. 2506

    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    I use a 250gr SGK over 75gr of H4831 for about 2800 fps. When I worked up that load, the Sierras were about the only 'premium' hunting bullet out there. My particular rifle shoots that load well, so I never saw the need to change it. I think if you're going to shoot a 338, a 250gr is the way to go. If you start getting into the 180-200gr range, the BC is terrible, at which point you might consider a 300 Win or Weatherby.
     
  12. 2506

    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    Pics or it didn't happen.
     
  13. chainsaw

    chainsaw East side of Or. Active Member

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    Cant find the partition target,but heres the sierra gk target I shot sunday.low left was first shot readjusting scope from partition load.second shot high left third ,fourth and fifth shot measuring about 5/16".
    CAM00051.jpg
     
  14. sheepdip

    sheepdip Redland Well-Known Member

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    I have two reloading manuals in front of me right now, speer #11 says max charge of 71.0 grns of 4831 behind a 250 grn bullet. speer #14 says 69.0 grains behind a 250 grn bullet. they also say that the b.c. is very similar and in some cases favor the 200 grn bullet
    I also looked in the sierra book, they list a max load of 74.8 grns of 4831
     
  15. chainsaw

    chainsaw East side of Or. Active Member

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    My Lyman 45th shows 76 grs of imr 4831 as max.compressed load of course.
     
  16. mookmanjdj

    mookmanjdj Oregon Coast Member

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    That's some really good info guys. Thanks a lot. Nice group chainsaw.:cool:
     
  17. sheepdip

    sheepdip Redland Well-Known Member

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    my ruger 77tang safety will shoot 5 shot groups that you can cover with a silver dollar with the 200 grn hornady interlock most of the time. elk cant tell the difference between 1/2" and 1 1/4" groups inside of 400 yards. sight mine in about 1 1/2" high at a hundred
     
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  18. sheepdip

    sheepdip Redland Well-Known Member

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    83 grains of 4831 behind a 250 grn partition? thats not a .338 win mag load. post #8
     
  19. gehrheart

    gehrheart fidalgo island Well-Known Member

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    Well... no. Its for the 340.
    Couldnt remember off hand the winmag load I use or the 338-06 load.
    I tend to use the 338 nosler for all three.
    I love the 338 in all its types!!
     
  20. sheepdip

    sheepdip Redland Well-Known Member

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    well hell we werent discussing .340 weatherby dammit!