I just purchased a Tikka T3 in 338 Federal. I am awaiting a calm day to sight in the rifle. This seems to be my ideal all-around caliber for what I hunt. I plan on using it on a moose hunt the end of September. I will let forum members know how it performs, if i get to shoot a moose.
Finally had calm winds today and sighted in the Tikka in .338 Federal. With Federal factory loads, the 210 gr Nosler load, It shot minuite-of-angle at 200 yds. Sighted in dead on at 200 yds, it is 3" high at 100 yds. I am very pleased with the accuracy!
I would like to try to breath some life back into this thread. I have been kind of excited in the 338 Fed since it was introduced. The balistics seem almost to good to be true and if you do an intranet search no one has anything bad to say about the round at all infact the buzz is very, very positive. Old Professer your feed back was good to get indeed.
I was at a Gander Mtn the other day and saw a Ruger "Hawkeye" in the 338 Fed cal. The Hawkeye looks like a well built gun with a 22 inch bbl and weighed about as much as a Rem Mtn Rifle (seems to be kind of a ruger Mtn. rifle?) The action appears to be a M98 and you cant beat that.
Right now I am very close to selling my 700BDL in 7mm mag and getting that Ruger! So any other feed back on the 338 or the Ruger Hawkeye??
ADKBEAR, I did in fact get rid of my Browning BAR in 7mm Mag (by giving it to my son-in-law) when I got my .338 Federal. For the hunting that I anticipate I will be doing, the .338 Federal is just what i want. I have always been a big bullet fan and the .338 Fed kicks less than the 7mm Mag.
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