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Old May 30, 2012, 07:52 AM   #1
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Downloading 338 Win Mag

Trying to get my light build 14yo son out hog shooting.

I had him on a 6mm 788 but he is left handed and cant operate the cluncky Rem 788 action, Even I find it awkward.

Tried a friends M94 3030 but hes not good with open sights

Ive got a heavy barrelled target 308 but its too heavy to shoot offhand.

Last scoped hunting gun I have is my old trusty Ruger M77 338Win Mag. I like it as its big enough for Water Buffalo. I will put a better recoil pad on for him.

How much can I load down the 338 without inducing high pressure spikes. I have lee factory crimp die which I believe can help reduce this. I have lots of 200gn proj.

I have ADI powders: 2208 (close to 4064), 2209 (close to IMR4350) and AR2213SC.

ADI recommend starting loads of:
53gn 2208 (2575fps)
65gn 2209 (2695fps)
70gn AR2213SC (2705fps)

Im aiming for lowest recoil, do you think I can safely go below 53gn 2208?
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Old May 30, 2012, 10:04 AM   #2
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Some ADI & Hodgdon Powders are the Same Exact Powder.

Google "Hodgdon Youth Loads" using H4895 powder. (AR2206H) From the link >

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Old May 30, 2012, 09:03 PM   #3
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The biggest bull elk I ever saw had been shot by a little lady sitting next to it while nursing a baby.
She said she shot it with a 243 in just the right spot, and it staggered a few yards. She said 270s kick too hard.

I can shoot my 338WM all day, becuse I have a grind to fit large Limbsaver that has not been ground. I shoot 250 gr with hot loads 2625 fps in rifle that weighs 10 pounds with scope and sling.

But I have never shot a bull elk.
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