338 lapua imp w/230 ELDs

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  1. 284winner

    284winner Gold $$ Contributor

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    Anybody run the Hornady 230 ELD-X in their 338 lapua improved ? Thinking about trying out a box I have on hand from my 338 win mag. They have to jump tremendously but as I've said about the ELDs, they love to jump. Any load data out there by a member that has experience ?
     
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    I've only ever run the 300's in my 338 Lapua imp. and they zip right along, I can only imagine how fast you'll be able to launch those 230's and I look forward to hearing about them.

    Not exactly apples to apples, but I have a 30-338 Lap Imp that I shoot the Berger 230's in and with its 28in tube it'll send em at 3250 with 106gr US869. I use US869 in both.

    I don't know what powders you have on hand, but I'd imagine N570, RL33, and Retumbo, in that order, would be your best performers.
     
  3. 284winner

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    No the 30 caliber is a much better performer with 230s than the 338 would be. I'm interested in trying it out on a deer hunt actually. Shots at around 200-500 yards. I have the bullets/powder so figure I'd give it a whirl. H1000 seems like to go too powder rather than RE33 as used in the heavier bullets. I have much better deer rifles but thought I'd give it a go next season.
     
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    The 230's out of a 338 LM with H 1000 sounds like it would be laser beam.
    I shot a hog once with my Sako 338 LM TRG-S using a 200gr Nosler Ballistic Tip going 3400+ with a stiff load of H4831, tipped it over like a metal silhouette falling off it's stand, was very impressive.
    I think the Hornady 230 ELD-X would be a great point blank bullet for a 338 LM at normal hunting ranges for those who would choose such a cartridge.
    Very interested in hearing about your results if you succeed in harvesting a deer with that bullet.
     
  5. 284winner

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    Will do
     
  6. jmackey

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    I have a 30-338 Lapua that I run 230 Bergers in. 3100-3200 is relatively easy with H1000. I’d imagine that you could hit 3300-3400 in the improved with the same weight. The .338 caliber should have longer barrel life than mine with the same bullet weight, but it’s hard to beat the .30 cal hybrid at a 1000 yards or so.
     
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    Agreed. The big 30 caliber with the newest 215/230s is tough to beat. I'm thinking of running the 230s from the lapua around 3000 fps max. Considering deer will be the target, no need to get beat up more than necessary during load development. I don't plan on using the brake with the 230s for this hunt.
     

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