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11-14-2019 02:27 PM
PaLongshank 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.

Range: 100yds

Primers tested:
CCI200 and Fed210M

Powders tested in all of these combos were:
IMR 4350, IMR 4320, RL15, RL17, H4350, H380, BLC-2

bullets tried:
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
09-09-2019 12:58 PM
Drilling Man I've been loading for the .338-06 since the 70's, never found a good 225 grain bullet...


For ME, 200's worked better on deer/blk. bear, and for caribou and moose 250's worked much better. The bullet I prefer for brown bear is the 275 Speer...with 250NP's coming in second...


The 250 NP is a good, one bullet for everything...


DM
09-05-2019 07:15 PM
iiiranger What you need to do is get the name right. Old Elmer Keith and his buddies came out with the .333 OKH (O Neil, Keith and Hopkins) long ago. It was the '06 case necked up for the .333 bullets of the British .333 Jeffery but .338 bullets were far more common for the .33 WCF and so guns were made and loads developed for the .33/'06 -- .333 OKH. Of course some had to have more power so they used a shortened .300 H&H case to make the .334 OKH. Ackley lists if from long ago. I think it would fit into a 98 Mauser. Of course 03 Springfields were very common. Keith said it was just the ticket for knocking down elk. Enjoy yours. Historical gun. Happy Trails.
06-26-2019 11:05 AM
yooper77
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Originally Posted by Fyrstyk View Post
Thanks all. I'll look up some of the manuals you mentioned. I have several reloading manuals, but most are over 20 years old and don't have alot of the newer cartridges. I never felt a need to get any newer manuals as I have worked up loads for all my guns and probably won't change them. The 338-06 intrigues me, and I don't know why it is not more popular, but it is probably due the number of new cartridges now on the market that are in the spot light that overshadow it. I think it is a very versatile round that is easy to load, has great ballistics, and doesn't punish the shoulder.
I have a Weatherby Mark V Ultra Lightweight in 338-06 A-Square and it's my favorite rifle cartridge.

I've reloading mostly Nosler's 210 grain Partitions, but I've tested a few Hornady 225 grain Interlocks.

My rifle loves IMR-4320 and IMR-4350.

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06-08-2019 08:54 PM
quickdtoo There's a good amount of data available online.

Tim

https://load-data.nosler.com/load-data/338-06-a-square/

http://www.hodgdonreloading.com/

http://www.accuratepowder.com/wp-con....0-Web-REV.pdf
06-08-2019 06:56 PM
Fyrstyk Thanks all. I'll look up some of the manuals you mentioned. I have several reloading manuals, but most are over 20 years old and don't have alot of the newer cartridges. I never felt a need to get any newer manuals as I have worked up loads for all my guns and probably won't change them. The 338-06 intrigues me, and I don't know why it is not more popular, but it is probably due the number of new cartridges now on the market that are in the spot light that overshadow it. I think it is a very versatile round that is easy to load, has great ballistics, and doesn't punish the shoulder.
06-08-2019 09:36 AM
SEM Speer's loading manual has good data so does Hornady and Nosler manuals
06-08-2019 09:22 AM
pdkfishing My bad. Didn't mean to emphasize 15 loads. Just bad typing.
06-08-2019 09:20 AM
pdkfishing www.hodgdonreloading.com lists 15 loads 15 loads for the Speer 225 grain softpoint boattail and 13 for Hornady's 250 grain softpoint. No experience with the 338-06, but have had good results in a wildcat 8mm-06 improved rimmed and H414.
06-08-2019 08:09 AM
Fyrstyk
338-06 Loads?

Anyone load for this round? I have been looking for a load using a 225 grain bullet. Not many loading manuals have data for this round. I have been interpolating data from the 8mm-06 but would like to know if anyone here has experience with this round.

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