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338 Federal 160 grn Barnes TTSX Loaded

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Canazes9, Aug 27, 2011.

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  1. Canazes9

    Canazes9 Member

    Mar 19, 2011
    Loaded up a box of Barnes 160grn TTSX for my 338 Federal today, hope to shoot them tomorrow. Loaded them from the data on Barnes website, 48 grns AA2230. Loaded them a little longer at 2.843 COAL, my Ruger has plenty of room in the magazine. Barnes website lists 2861fps for this load, I'll be satisfied if I get 2700 and good accuracy. Should be a great load for deer & our over abundant feral hog population with mild recoil.

    I will post a range report when I get a chance to shoot them in case one of the other 2 or 3 people in the world that liked the idea of the 338 Federal and actually bought one of the rifles is on this forum.

  2. Strongbad

    Strongbad Member

    Aug 3, 2005
    Austin, Tx
    I shot some of the old 160 gr. X's out of my 338/378. The charge was a little different though. 132+ grains of H-870 lol. They were blazing fast. Comparable to my 22-250 only 3 times heavier. The problem with the 160's is that the BC sucks. So they're not good for any kind of distance work. I only loaded them just to see what they'd do. Unfortunately, though they might've been fast they were not accurate. None of the loads I shot were worth a snot. I've thought about a retest now that they make them in a TTSX version. Best of luck and let us know how it goes. If you have good luck with them, maybe I'll play around with them again.
  3. Canazes9

    Canazes9 Member

    Mar 19, 2011
    Sorry for how long it's been since I last posted, busy with work, family etc...

    Anyway I shot the 48 grain loads and the accuracy was OK, not spectacular - 5 shot groups about 1.5" (about what it will do with factory 180grn accubonds). I did not take my chrony on that range trip. No pressure signs at all.

    After I got done with that round, I decided I would do a little more in depth testing. I developed 5 loads using the data from Barnes website:


    I deviated from the recipe in two ways - COAL length was 2.843" (easily feeds in my rifle, no where close to the rifling (2.965" COAL to touch the rifling with this bullet). I also used Winchester large rifle primers instead of the specified FedGM210M. All cases were once fired Federal 338 brass, trimmed to 2.005", after neck sizing. I used my Beta Master Chrony to record velocities, shooting my Ruger M77 Hawkeye stainless 22" barrel in a Hogue full bedding block stock, topped with a Bushnell Elite 6500 2.5-16x40.

    Load 1) 49.0 grns 2230
    1) 2909fps
    2) 2932
    3) 2922
    4) 2921
    5) 2923

    5 shots went into just inside of 1".

    Load 2) 50.0 grns 2230
    1) 3000 fps
    2) 2991
    3) 3004
    4) 2903
    5) 3002

    5 shots in about 1.5"

    Load 3) 51.0 grns 2230
    1) 3035 fps
    2) 3033
    3) 3027
    4) 3037
    5) 3041

    5 shots in about 0.75"

    Load 4) 51.5 grns 2230
    1) 3042 fps
    2) 3062
    3) 3058
    4) 3056
    5) 3063

    5 shots in about 1.5"

    Load 5) 52.0 grns 2230
    1) 3062 fps
    2) 3048
    3) 3041
    4) 3036
    5) 3057

    5 shots in about 2.5" Primers starting to flatten a little (looks about like factory loads).

    I'm pretty happy w/ the 49 grain load and the 51 grain load. May have time to tweak a little more later, but will probably load some 51.0 loads for my hunting loads this year. Will try to take a range trip later and focus on shooting some groups instead of chrony strings. I will try to remember to follow up with some anecdotal bullet performance data on this load if I have some success in the field later this year.

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