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Old February 3rd, 2017, 01:22 AM   #1
 
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Reduced .338 Win Mag load

I am starting to build a reduced .338 load using .338 Hornaday FTX 200 gr.bullets and Hogdon H4895 powder. I am hoping these bullets expand well at reduced velocity. If you have a reduced load using this combo please share your info.
What brought this idea on is last year I ended up taking a nice buck from a treestand and it was contorted shooting, stand up,turn around lean around tree that ladderstand is on, put shoulder against another tree and shoot. 3rd shot from .338 dropped the buck, I doubt I could have pulled trigger on a 4th shot. Felt like truck hit me 3 times! Gun is a Ruger 77 paddle stock



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Old February 3rd, 2017, 10:50 AM   #2
 
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I have never l Ioaded over about med. load for anything...whether it be hunting rounds or target rounds....just me maybe but it always gets the job done.

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If I recall that stock does not have much of a recoil pad. Mine is in a wood stock with a thick recoil pad. Much more comfortable to shoot even with 225 and 250g loads. See if you can get one put on that stock and still have a manageable length of pull.
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A good recoil pad is the answer.
When I was shooting my .300 Win Mag and my 12 GA shotgun with the OEM recoil pad, I used to get bruises after less than a dozen shots.
A Limbsaver recoil pad took care of that on both rifles.
This way you can use the most effective round for whatever you are hunting.
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Thanks guys,
I tryed a Limbsaver slip on pad years ago and it was just a tad to long in the legth of pull dept. This was after removing the stock pad. I will see what else may work.
The .338 Hornady bullets I ordered I believe were made for the .338 Marlin express. At around 2200fps. I think they would be a little rough on deer at full Win mag velocitys. Hogdons h4895 powder is a powder that i have not used yet and has a burn rate that is compatable with reduced loads. Please research this on hogdons site, it is quite interesting if your looking to make reduced loads. I am wondering if anyone here has experiance with this powder and reduced loads.
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Just curious, but have you found an actual "proven" recipe for a reduced load .338 Win Mag? Only reason I ask, is I know Hornady warns about running a "weaker/reduced" load for the .300 Win Mag. I know the warning is found in their 9th edition reloading book. It mentions a dangerous hangfire, and even dangerously high pressure could result when using a case of that size. I personally wouldn't want to experience either with a .300, much less a .338. Again, not harping or telling you what to do......just curious.
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I have not used it in 338 win mag cases but I use a caseful of trail boss powder under a 300 grain cast bullet in 375 ruger and get about 1400 fps. It is 38-55 power levels. I think the same idea would work in 338
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Thanks guys,
I tryed a Limbsaver slip on pad years ago and it was just a tad to long in the legth of pull dept. This was after removing the stock pad. I will see what else may work.
The .338 Hornady bullets I ordered I believe were made for the .338 Marlin express. At around 2200fps. I think they would be a little rough on deer at full Win mag velocitys. Hogdons h4895 powder is a powder that i have not used yet and has a burn rate that is compatable with reduced loads. Please research this on hogdons site, it is quite interesting if your looking to make reduced loads. I am wondering if anyone here has experiance with this powder and reduced loads.
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Forget the slip on version.
I did trim the stock to get the correct overall stock length.
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I only loaded 250gr bullets when I was loading for the 338 WM. 58grs IMR4895 was probably the lightest load I tried. Didn't shoot well at all. 71grs IMR4831 shot great with a Hornady Round Nose @2700fps. 74grs H450 over a 250gr Speer Gran Slam was the best but, it's HOT. Goes where you want it though.
You are going to have to find out what light load works best in your rifle. I was shooting a Browning Stainless Stalker. Great rifle.
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Ok thanks for the replys. Here is what I'm trying to see if anyone is familuar with. Google H4895 reduced load. The first one at the top is from Hodgdons it is in caps HODGDON REDUCED RIFLE LOADS.they have a 1 page guide explaining a 60% rule for H4895 powder. It is only applicable if a H4895 load is listed for a cartridge. It is also on Hodgdons web site I think under resources/reduced rifle loads. Check it out it may be of interest for youth or "old man" loads. I will report back in a few weeks after I make a few new loads

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