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Old 05-22-2008, 08:13 PM
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Default .340 Wby w/ 275gr Swift A-frame?

I don't reload, but I want to load my .340wby with 275gr swift aframes.

Would that info be listed in a swift reloading manual? Does anyone have that manual, or how can I find what some loads for this configuration are?

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Old 05-22-2008, 08:41 PM
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A friend and I have 340 Wby. Mags. we bought 20 years ago for elk. We loaded the 250 grain Sierra bullets. Wehad great results with these bullets. We tried a few other bullets, but they would not shoot as well as the Sierra's. The Barne's bullets we tried were disappointing, but they were the X-bullets. I do not believe I would pay for the new expensive Barnes bullets. There is no way they could perform any better than the Sierra, and I doubt if they are any more accurate, but they sure do cost a lot more. My 340 has not been out of the safe for over 10 years.

If you need any brass or dies, let me know. I might have some extra I could give you a good deal on. Tom.
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:46 PM
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Who currently makes 275gr bullets in .338 caliber? what about 300gr?

May be taking a .340wby for bison.....considering loading up for it, otherwise 225/250gr? Any suggestions?

The old buffalo hunters of many years ago had nothing near as powerful as you talk about using. They killed hundreds of buff from one "stand" without moving. They sure didn't have .338 power. I think that nearly any factory ammo for the .338 that shoots well in YOUR gun will do just fine. If you are a handloader, the 210 and 225 gr. should give you all and more than you need, driven at respectable velocities, provided they give you rasonable accuracy also. I really feel that your needs will be met with the bullet weights normally accepted for .338 usage----i.e........much less than what you originally questioned.......
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:48 PM
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break that baby out! haha. is it a weatherby? sako? I personally don't reload, yet. have a friend that is his business/hobby, sure he probably knows but not calling him tonight or just yet anyway.

haven't been elk hunting or what? ever get to use it on an elk? This would be for bison, currently its the biggest cartridge I own, and may be backing up my father who may be using a bow I figure....probably both if we get to that point....he's turning into a bow nut, so i think if he could take one with a bow he certainly would, but if breaking out the rifle would mean going home with a big boy he wouldn't object. So either way I think having something big would be good to have. might be time for that .458 lott, maybe if I get him to sell the Harley.....haha.
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Old 05-22-2008, 09:53 PM
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I shot 2 elk with my 340. It is a Weatherby MarkV action in a McMilllan custom stock. It is also a left handed rifle. The rifle shoots well. My buddy has shot several elk with his 340. He killed a bull in AZ two years ago that scored over 400. It is a monster bull, but it took him ten years to draw the tag.

I doubt if I ever get to use mine on elk again. I am a handicapped person now, and climbing around the mountains is a thing of the past.

I have been saving my money up to buy a motor home. I would be able to travel croos country if I can put that together, and I might be able to swing it in another year or two.

I know a great place in CO where I can do some long distance elk hunting. I might get to go back there some day. If so then I will probably build a 338 Lapua in a target style, long distance rifle. I doubt if I ever use the 340 Wby. again. Tom.
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Old 05-22-2008, 10:26 PM
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Tom,

I assume you know more than me, but I know there are many opportunities out there for handicapped hunters....I personally know NM has some good options....better seasons...better draws etc...

400" AZ elk, very nice, 10yr plan sounds about right too, hopefully one day that'll be me, though I think I'll draw a bow tag before a rifle....

I think the .340 with 225 or 250 is enough to kill and buffalo, though if I'm backing up my dad with it while he's bowhunting that could be another story, I'm thinking 275 or 300gr would stop an angry buff better than any 225 or 250s, not sure though it would do that much better.....458lott would be more ideal for that.



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Old 05-22-2008, 10:43 PM
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I did go on a Black Powder elk hunt in NM four years ago. And the guide was very cooperative with my inadequacies. It was truly a hunt of a life time. I saw ten legal bulls in one day. I shot a good 5X5 with my cast bullets in my MZ. But it was a fairly expensive hunt. However I would truly love to be able to do it again someday, and you are right, I may just do it again.

The bull was not a large trophy, but he was a trophy to me. The MZ hunts are the most fun as far as I am concerned. The weather is decent, and watching the bulls bugle is truly an experience of a life time. Tom.

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I know the antelope in NM have that option tag....so thats another option, its wild hearing a bugle in the woods from fairly close, exp'd that last fall.


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Old 05-23-2008, 06:56 PM
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Swift A-Frame makes 275 gr. .338 bullet. I would use a 250 gr. Barnes TSX, Swift A-Frame, TBBC, Nosler Partition, using Norma MRP. Good luck.
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Who currently makes 275gr bullets in .338 caliber? what about 300gr?

May be taking a .340wby for bison.....considering loading up for it, otherwise 225/250gr? Any suggestions?
When the .338 Win. first came out, Winchester offered a 300-grain load for it as well as a 200 and 250. I am not certain that anyone ever offered a 300-grain bullet for handloading, but Speer at one time did furnish a 275-grainroundnose for the .33's. But it was discontinued years ago. Probably right after Elmer Keith died-don't think anyone else ever bought any!!

I do not know of a 275 or 300-grain .338 bullet available today, either as a component or in a loaded round, except for that Swift-A-frame at $55.00 for 50! I think a .338 solid in 300 grains would make a great load for African game!
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