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Old January 3, 2008, 09:49 AM   #1
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Reloading .338 Lapua Magnum

Hi guys,
first email. I'm developing loads for my TRG42 in .338 Lapua Magnum. Close range shots phenomenal accuracy, 500+ still searching. COL is governed by magazine length. I've tried Reloader 22 as well as a number of Australian made powders - AR2225, AR2213sc and a couple of others. I'm using Sierra 250grn HPBT, Remington mag primers. I've been searching for Retumbo but am having problems getting it in Australia. Am looking at Reloader 25 as it's slower than the RL22 but cannot find tables where they specify .338LM loads. Even Alliant cannot help as they haven't developed loads for this calibre.

Can some of you gurus help please?


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Old January 3, 2008, 11:04 AM   #2
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I will post my loads this evening when I get home.

have been getting sub moa in a custom built 700 action with a krieger barrel with all my loads. Very accurate out to 1000 for me.
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Old January 3, 2008, 05:31 PM   #3
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Hodgdon has data for .338 Lapua magnum.

Looks like 4831, 1000, 4350, and Retumbo are your friend. These are ultra mag class powders.

http://data.hodgdon.com/cartridge_load.asp
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Old January 8, 2008, 08:12 AM   #4
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Thanks for the words guys. I've ended up opting for ADI AR2225 - 98 grains flat with Sierra 250 grn HPBT. They are giving me good sub MOA whereas the Reloader 22 was spraying them around. Can't get Retumbo where I am in Australia, but the 2225 has a very similar profile.


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Old January 8, 2008, 09:41 PM   #5
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In the TRG and the AI, we got best results with H4831SC and Retumbo, also good results with RL25.

Also, use the Lapua Scenar. The 250gr SMK has a terrible BC.
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Old January 9, 2008, 03:42 PM   #6
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Thanks Zak, can I ask what load you RL25 you used? Was it 98grains? I see that the Retumbo, RL25 and ADI AR2225 have similar burning rates.

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Old January 9, 2008, 03:44 PM   #7
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Hi,

I can't remember and my notes aren't handy. It was over 90gr, but not as high as you say. 96.0gr Retumbo is the final load for my friend's TRG wiht the 250 Scenars. I use 90gr H4831SC (or 88gr of the ADI equivalent).
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Old January 10, 2008, 06:35 AM   #8
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Thanks Zak.
I've been getting some good results with the AR2225, I've got a can of Reloader 25 at home, I'll try some loads to see if it's giving the consistancy of the 2225. I've got an order going with you for some cards at the moment, I'm waiting for them before going back to 500meters. They should save me a lot of time and trials. I've been hunting for a long time, This is my first real foray into real long range. I have the rifle now I just need to get rounds downrange.


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Old May 4, 2008, 04:40 AM   #9
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Reloading the .338 Lapua Magnum

Hi guys,
after a lot of trial and error and just plain old range time I've found that ADI Powder - AR2225, the approximate equivelant of Reloader 25 is returning pretty good accuracy out to 500 yards, as far as I can go on the range I'm using, behind a Sierra HPBT 250 grain pill if I put 98.0 grains behind it, using a remington Magnum primer. Sub moa thus far.


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Old May 23, 2008, 08:00 AM   #10
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Try 92.5gr/H1000 under a 250gr Scenar or LockBase.
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Old September 22, 2008, 09:26 AM   #11
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Reloader 25

I must say that after getting my TRG42 out to 500yards she has been returning excellent groups.
3 round group at 100yards - two thirds of an inch
3 round group at 200yards - a little less than an inch
3 round group at 300yards - an inch.
3 round group at 400yards - an inch.
3 round group at 500yards - one and a half inches.
The ADI powder is giving me a larger group so I have opted for Reloader 25, 96 grains behind a 250grain Lapua Scenar.

Great load Zac, thanks.


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Old March 11, 2012, 11:39 AM   #12
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Use Reloader 50 for the .338 Lapaua Mag?

Shooting a Savage 110BA. I have Berger 300 Gr bullets and primers will be 215s. I have survived 3 years of loading for the 50 BMG and have a lot of RL50 powder. Any suggestions as to a safe starting load for this combo? I also have Retumbo but just a couple of bottles. The Savage has a 1:9 twist.
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Old March 11, 2012, 05:02 PM   #13
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I doubt you could get good performance with 50BMG powder in your 338 Lapua. I don't have data, but the folks who tried it say it is even too slow for the 300 SMK. I think you are better off using the Retumbo and sticking with heavier for caliber bullets.

But that is second hand information, so take it for what it is worth.

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Old March 11, 2012, 10:34 PM   #14
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I just found once fired Lapua brass at brassman for $96/50( http://store.brassmanbrass.com/servl...l?sfs=7eeb4427 ). I can never find once fired so I waited until my order was in before I said anything
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Old March 12, 2012, 09:07 PM   #15
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Thanks Jimro. I don't use 50BMG powder, I use Reloader50. It made a difference in the 50 and it was suggested for the .338.
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Old March 13, 2012, 08:47 AM   #16
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Retumbo and AR2225 are pretty much if not the same thing.

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Edit to add: Having a chance to compare ADI data and Hodgdon data they list the same maximum charge and a velocity difference of (1 fps.). I wouldn't go out of my way looking for Retumbo since you have Retumbo.

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Old March 13, 2012, 10:11 PM   #17
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mad, I do like ramshot powders here are links to the powder and some load data, maybe you can get this to work for you and speeds are still good with less powder it may be avail in aussie http://www.ramshot.com/wp-content/up...dgun_rifle.pdf and http://www.ramshot.com/products/rifl...product=Magnum I use this on my magnum loads.
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Old March 13, 2012, 10:23 PM   #18
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mad, I use both hunter and magnum food for thought.
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