I have hankered for a bolt action .338-06 for years after I sold my TC encore .338-06 8-10 years ago. My wife gave me the OK to buy one last spring for my birthday. I found a re-barreled Rem 700 (I do not know make of barrel). My best two loads are less than 1" 3 shot groups out of my 22" barrel.....I put many-many different loads down the range in search of the ones which grouped the best. It has taken me about 2 months of off and on shooting but this process has been very fun....just last weekend I finally found my honey hole!!!! I will be out this weekend for one last spin before bear season next week....my good buddy is bringing his radar so I can get a clock on the Barnes Load.
CCI200 and Fed210M
Powders tested in all of these combos were:
IMR 4350, IMR 4320, RL15, RL17, H4350, H380, BLC-2
185gr Barnes TSX, 185gr TTSX, 200 gr Accubonds, 210 gr partition, 215gr Sierra, 225 partition, 225 Seirra, 225gr accubond, 230 CT Failsafes
As I shot different loads I just kept narrowing down bullets and then decided on the two I liked the most....185gr Barnes and 210 partition. Loaded 5 shot groups up and incremented .5 gr until I found winners.....
The #1 load measured .57" 3 shot = 55gr RL15, 185gr TTSX, Fed 210M primer, COL 3.30"
The #2 load measure .78" 3 shot = 59.5gr IMR 4350, 210gr partition, Fed 210M primer, COL 3.20"
as our rifle season comes in soon - I hope to test the terminal performance of the TTSX load on Bear and Deer......can't wait.
good Luck, PaLongshank