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Old 03-30-2005, 10:29 PM
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HB,

What kind of MVs are you getting out of your .338 WM?

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Old 03-30-2005, 10:43 PM
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I'm getting 2919 with a 200gr Barnes X. So the speeds that you were getting with the 56gr load was comparable with a 338 Win Mag with less powder. If not for thoes darn pressure signs............. It would be interesting to see what I could get out of the Combined Tech BTSP. Maby I'll have to play with it a bit this summer and see. But I have some other rifles to play with first.
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Old 03-30-2005, 11:15 PM
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Interesting cartridge and development.

HUNTERBUG, last .338 WinMag load I worked up using the 200 gr. Nosler BT's (twin of the BST less the Lubalox) averaged 3130 fps from a 24" barrel. Was for a friends rifle. Assuming you're also sporting a 24" barrel, I'd imagine your performance would be similar. R19 was used.
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Old 03-31-2005, 02:50 AM
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The 200gr BT which has considerable less bearing surface than a 200gr Barnes XFB so you're going to get a bit more speed . I could get a bit more speed out of my 338 with the 200gr Barnes and even more if I switched to a 200gr BT or the new 210gr Barnes Tripple Shock but fail to see the need. My rifle will shoot 5 rounds with this load into 1.5" with 3 going into .4" and has more than enough power to kill anything I plan to hunt at any range I will shoot. I use RL-15 in my rifle as it's considerably more effecient than the RL-19. I tried the RL-19 with a 225gr Nosler Accubond and my rifle was less than impressed or I should say I was not impressed with the accuracy. I will need to work up a new load next summer but I'll go with either the 210gr Partition or the 210gr TSX.
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Old 03-31-2005, 08:16 AM
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Morning HUNTERBUG >> Wasn't really making any comment on whether you needed the added BT velocity of not. Just saw that you mentioned working up a load using the bullet and thought I'd mention what I found and what was used. Whether you actually get to working up a load using this bullet ... not my concern. Just sharing info based on what you said in a previous post. Later. >> klallen
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Old 03-31-2005, 10:45 PM
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I'm sorry if I came across as flippant, I didn't mean to. I am currently a little perturbed with Barnes and their decision to discontinue the 200gr XFB. My rifle loved that load. I may try the BTST but I use my 338 Win Mag for elk and I'm not sure about the performance on elk. I prefer a bullet that doesn't come apart as I have seen other boat tails do. But if I do get a load with the BTST or a ballistic tip I may take it for coyotes next year just because I can.
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