Good info to know. Glad to hear it is working out for you now, those are some great groups. Cant wait to hear about the load development.Blkram":1u6sas8d said:It has been awhile, but here is an update...
Finally got out to the range with this rifle again this summer, and just to make sure it wasn't a scope issue too, I mounted a VX-3 3.5-10x40 B&C on the rifle. (Rifle package dropped from 8 lbs 3 oz to 7 lbs 12 oz.)
Groups were in the 4-5" range for the various factory loads that I had shot previously. Best group was 2"
Talked to the gunsmith that rebarreled the rifle for me, and took it back to be checked over. Took about 3 months, but got the call yesterday that it was ready for pick up.
Apparently the 338 Federal reamers have quite a bit of freebore (long throat). Just too much jump for the hunting bullets that I want to shoot, as I am not interested in using long VLD's in a short action cartridge (let alone any other hunting rifles I have). They cut a couple of threads off and rechambered it with a shorter throat.
Test targets with the Federal Premium 210 gr Nosler Partition printed 3 shot group @ 200 yards of 0.893" centre-to-centre, at an average of 2505 fps (that's 125 fps slower than Federal's advertised velocity). A little slow for my taste, but will still perform reliably on big game out to 300 yards.
The Federal blue box 200 gr Soft Point printed 3 shot group @ 200 yards of 0.477" centre-to-centre, at an average of 2687 fps (that's 13 fps less than Federal's advertised velocity). That will give me reliable expansion on big game out to 400 yards.
Looks like this rifle is going to perform!
Can't wait to get out and try the other factory ammo that I have on hand;
Federal Premium 180gr AccuBond; and
Federal blue box 200gr Uni-Cor.
Then it will be time to develop a handload with the 200 gr AccuBond and Re-17.