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    Default Good morning at the Range

    Went out this morning to try out some test loads in my 338-06 AI and 358 Norma Mag.

    338-06AI 22" A&B Barrel rem model 700
    Hornady 200 gr SP
    CCi 200 Large Rifle Primers
    RL 15 Powder
    COL 3.654 measured with Hornady bullet comparator

    57 gr- avg-2684 fps
    58 gr- avg-2742 fps
    59 gr- avg-2791 fps .500 group

    358 Norma Mag 24" A&B Barrel rem model 700

    Nosler 225 gr Accubond factory seconds
    CCI 250 Magnum Rifle primers
    RL 17 Powder
    COL 3.400

    75 gr- avg-2900 fps
    76 gr- avg-2950 fps .650 group
    77 gr- avg-2989 fps .800 group hard extraction-this was the only pressure sign

    All groups were 3 shot. All in all it was a good day at the range. I would say these loads are definately minute of deer and elk. More proof that Adam and Bennett barrels are good shooters.
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    Nice work Swede. I'd say the elk & deer need to start worrying....
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    Went out this evening with the family looking for grouse, we got 2, and saw a nice fat cow and calf wapiti. Archery season opens tomorrow morning though, rifle season on Oct 10.
    Now I just have to decide which one to carry on opening day, decisions decisions.
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    That 225gr Accubond would be pretty scary at nearly 3K out of your Norma. That sounds like a great shooting load and would be about ideal for elk up close or really far off! Great shooting, sounds like the A&B barrels are keepers. Your 338-06 sounds like it is shooting pretty well too, but the Norma sounds like it shoots like it is on fire! Scotty
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    I think I'll try some different powders in the 338-06AI this winter. It shoots really well, just not quite what I was expecting as far as velocities. Although it does only have a 22" barrel, so I don't know if I can expect much more or not. And yes, i was very pleased with the Norma.
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    Even still, your 338-06 throwing 200gr bullets at nearly 2800 is pretty good. Especially using a 22" barrel. That seems pretty good. Have you checked out any of Hodgdon's Data for the 338-06. They had some good loads the last time I was looking up some loads for my buddies 338-06. Scotty
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    No I haven't checked out Hodgdons yet.
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    They have some great data on for the 338-06. Seems like you are well heeled for about any elk in Idaho. Looking forward to some field tests with the big gun. The Norma is still pretty high on my hit list for rifles to own. Scotty
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