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.338-08 (Federal) and .338 Win Mag (Sauer 90) Load Workup
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Default .338-08 (Federal) and .338 Win Mag (Sauer 90) Load Workup

I 'need' to get a load worked up for both the newly purchased Sauer 90 chambered in .338 Win Mag, and the Savage 110 for which I have the .338 Federal (.338-08) barrel. I've been doing my typical preliminary number crunching even though I have very precise loads for the Ruger M77 I have that is chambered in .338 Win Mag. I thought I'd start from scratch with the Sauer, and of course I need to start from scratch with the Savage.

For the moment, I simply want to memorialize the .338 caliber bullets I have in hand. I will go into the gory details in subsequent posts.

160 "X" #33878 - I have 16 of these left over from trying to get them to shoot straight in the Ruger.
175 "XFB" #33880 - ~150 on hand

180 Ballistic Tip #BT3395 - ~100
180 Accubond #57625 - ~100
200 Accubond #39595 - ~100
200 Ballistic Silver Tip #51200 - ~150
200 "Spitzer" #59186 - ~50
210 Partition #16337 - ~100

225 BTSP #3320 - Lead-tipped - ~100

"Generic" - Bulk purchase from Midway
225 BTSP - Pretty sure these are Hornadys - 100
250 Flat Based, Graphite Coated, Tight Hollow Point, I think these are the old "Fail Safe" "mono-metal" bullets that the cops and medical community screamed bloody murder about when they first came out. The medicos said, "This bullet was designed to kill", as if that was a BAD thing for a bullet! Idiots! Then they complained that they might cut themselves on the "fragments". - ~50

My two "go to" bullets for the Ruger are the Hornady 225 and the 210 Partition. Both shoot VERY straight from that rifle.

Of course the bullet that provides the best PAPER external ballistics isn't on the list: 225 Accubond. But that will be soon remedied as I ordered two boxes from Palmetto Armory.

Subsequent posts will have QuickLOAD output, and then range reports. I'm itching to shoot the Sauer!

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