It looks interesting but my question would be with the other .338 rounds out there just how popular will it become and will it last?
Good point and it begs the question of how many new rounds to we need? Of course, the answer is none, but the ammunition and rifle companies need innovation to keep selling products so we will see new ones continue to be introduced. I imagine very few will have sustainability but only we the hunter can decide that.
I bought one a couple of years ago while preparing for a moose hunt. Very accurate, modest recoil. Unfortunatly I never got to shoot any thing with it! A little more than needed for deer or blackbear so I traded it off because of shoulder problems.
I have a .338 Federal in a Ruger Hawkeye. A couple of years I ago I shot my first & only elk with it--a young Roosevelt 4x5--probably about 500 lbs. I shot at 170 yards & he never moved from the spot. The 185 Barnes went all the way through him, but did enough damage on the way that he just stopped. I can't handle a lot of recoil, so no magnums for me, but this seemed like pretty good performance at a medium range.
No hands on experience with the caliber but I think it is a pretty neat concept cartridge. My brother really wants one and I can not blame him since he doesn't have a rifle to fill that niche. I have a .338 winchester magnum so you will not probably see me buying one. I would have no problem with him getting one though so I could borrow it! ha It seems like you can get some serious fire power out of that round with out as much recoil as the heavier hitters.
I must admit that I have missed a big game animal with a rifle. And not only was it a bull elk, it was the largest bull that I have had in my sights with a tag in my hand. But, as with most "missed shot" stories, I have an excuse. Moisture doesn't really ever bode well for hunting equipment. When moisture (either rain or snow) gets into a firearms barrel, nothing good takes place. A couple rain drops down there can change the point of impact drastically and a barrel jammed with snow after a...