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Found a new home for an orphan elk killer

Was able to to acquire a Savage mod 116 in Stainless with a muzzle break, accutrigger, and a Nikon 3x9 BDC reticle scope in 338 Win Mag. This is good as I sold my last 338 due to not being able to get the accuracy out of it that I wanted, what's that old saying," only accurate guns are interesting?". And, also the sale of that gun helped fund last years archery elk hunting trip. Got a lot of time till next fall to work up a good hunt load I can hopefully use to get a critter or two down with. Should at least get a elk and antelope trip done with it.

My new rifle should feel right at home with his new brothers and sisters.

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Orphans usually find a great

Orphans usually find a great home and the return is usually more than what you expected out of them.  And I am sure that it will turn into a shooter, most Savages are.  

In my 340 Weatherby I have found that it loves Barnes 225 grain TSX bullets at close to 3000fps.  They shoot so well out of it I am thinking of getting rid of 150 185 grain Barnes XLC's that can be shot out of the Weatherby at over 3300fps. 

Another bullet you might try would be the Nosler Accurbond.  I have heard some say that they are a good bullet with good accuracy but I have never tried them.

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Reloads done

I had some 225 Hornday SST's on hand as well as 180gr Nosler Accubonds from work with my old 338. As you said Critter, I've heard good things about the 225 Accubond and picked a box up. So, I used the bullet smoke method and got my bullets just off the lands and loaded up each one from minimums to max. I used RL-19 for both 225gr loads and went with H-4350 for the 180gr Accubond. If the 180's shoot exceptionally well I wouldn't hesitate to use em on elk. They should reach 300 Weatherby 180 speeds albeit with less BC and SD but still plenty for elk I'm thinking at standard 400 yard range. Any of em really should be good plenty good for elk but I'm hoping the 225 Accubonds shine as I'd be feeling really good loaded with those after elk.

Critter what's your thoughts on the 180's out of the 33 calibers?

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I shot quite a few Barnes 185

I shot quite a few Barnes 185 XLC bullets our of my .340 and got very good accuracy.  I loaded them up to around 3400 fps before I started to see pressure signs.  These were the moly coated bullets that Barnes produced but no more.  I then switched over to the 225 grain TSX bullet at 3000 fps and the accuracy is still there with a bullet that I can now find to reload.  I haven't tried any of the other brands or even Barnes 185 grain TSX bullet either, I just like the 225 grain one. 

I still have around 200 of the 185 XLC's left on the shelf if I ever decide to reload them again.