33 Nosler

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I posted about the 33 nos in the hunting forum but I haven't heard from anyone who's had one.
I'm looking to shoot the 265 ABLR and maybe the 252 MTAC.
Efficiency is important to me but I'd like to run a 265 around 2850 from a long throated 28" barrel.
Anyone have experience with this round?
I'll be elk hunting with it to 1100 Max, targets way beyond that.
 

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I can't speak to the performance of the 33nosler from experience. I can tell you that 338 norma mag or 338norma improved is an excellent choice from personal experience.
 
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I can't speak to the performance of the 33nosler from experience. I can tell you that 338 norma mag or 338norma improved is an excellent choice from personal experience.
Yeah it looks like a good one with the right action.
I'm going to be sub 10 lbs scoped so not looking for the biggest case.
How's the recoil with the NM?
 

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Jimmy Sloan designed the cartridge to run in a standard 700 LA. Of course it has the lapua bolt face so you would need to have it opened. Or just run an action set up for .585 cases. Recoil isnt bad with a good brake. I've seen up to 2950fps with a stiff load of retumbo and 300gr bergers out of the improved version I'm running with a 27" barrel. My rifle is 15lbs with optic and I have the big slabbed brake from piercision rifles so recoil is very minimal.
 

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Personally I wouldnt consider the 33 nosler due to brass selection. With the norma you have Peterson and lapua brass. Both of which are substantially tougher than nosler brass.
 
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Another vote for 338 Norma. Mine is improved. I am a huge fan of that cartridge. It will be significantly faster than the Nosler.
 
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Personally I wouldnt consider the 33 nosler due to brass selection. With the norma you have Peterson and lapua brass. Both of which are substantially tougher than nosler brass.
I hear you on the brass,
My thought was to form 30 nos ADG brass to 33 nos
 

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well you could get some 30 nosler brass from Bertram brass, they do have them in stock. Run it through a die and open it up to 338. I think the 338 NM is also a good choice. I've got one that sits in the safe in a kmw stock and badger action that I don't shoot much any more. it's a great round, I shot the 300 bergers, but I like the 275 mth cutting edge better. a bit quicker. Id put a terminator break on what ever you decide to go with, it'll mitigate a pile of recoil.

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Yep I'm aware, just like the Rums they had to make the 33 the smallest case for some reason...
 

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Yep I'm aware, just like the Rums they had to make the 33 the smallest case for some reason...
I was told by a Nosler rep they changed the headspacing to prevent customers from accidentally loading overbore ammo into a rifle. Probably the same reason you're like .120" off the lands loading into the magazine on their m48 rifles. Lawyers.
 
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Thanks for the input guys.
I decided to just go with a 338 rum since I have a custom 4" action, and ADG brass is available.
I thought about the edge as well but I'm thinking the extra powder capacity isn't worth it..
 

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I've got a .338 Edge which seems to work well enough. 2800-2900fps with a 300 Berger OTM seems to buck the wind pretty well. Recoil's not too bad with a brake (more ports are better...) on a 10lb rifle. You're probably right too that the SAAMI .338 RUM will handle anything in the western hemisphere. Animals won't know the difference.
 
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