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338 winchester mag.

sirs,does any one use this gun.
WHAT LOADS DO YOU USE AND HOW FAR HAVE YOU SHOT AT ANY GAME.A FRIEND IS THINKING OF BUYING ONE AND WAS INTERESTED IN ANY THOUGHTS ON THIS GUN.
GARY B

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Location: new brunswick
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338 winchester mag.

very capable caliber for anything in the lower 48 and canada. with the right shooter its capable of 500 yard shots but like i said the shooter needs to do his part...good luck! Thumbs up

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Location: Southern NH
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yep

I usually shoot 250g Partitons. I have also shot 230g Failsafes. There is also a 210g Partition as well as other bullets available. The only two elk I have shot were just under 200 yds. I did shoot a mule deer at about 10 yds a few years back. No survivors. Thumbs up I hit the bull twice in the boiler room and he piled up in 30 yds. The cow took two steps but she didn't know where I was. I hit her a little too far back and blew up her liver with the first shot. Not too proud of that one. Second shot throught the lungs. I've never taken a long shot....didn't need to. The ballistics are similar to a 30-06.

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338 winchester mag.

personally i like the caliber. I have used it for alot of different game. A little overkill on deer, but has worked quite well.

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Location: austin and amarillo texas
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338 winchester mag.

the 338 with 250 grain bullets actually has more energy than a 375 H&H after the 150 yard marker, not to mention it shoots much flatter. It'll kill grizzlies, kudu, white tail, and prairie dogs. Everyone claims the -06 is the do all cartridge, but that's just because either they can't handle the recoil of the 338 win, or they never plan on shooting large N. American game at distances further than 200 yards. It's the most highly recommended African plains caliber and can kill anything on earth. Of course, in some African countries, the 375 is the minimum cal for hunting dangerous game. I wouldn't try hunting elephant with the 338 win mag (questionable with cape buffs as well), but I'd feel comfortable going after anything else, great or small, on this planet. My favorite and most versatile caliber. So, I guess you can say I kinda dig the 338 win mag.

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Location: austin and amarillo texas
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338 winchester mag.

P.S. NHhunter- I hate to be nit picky here, but the ballistics of the 338 win mag and the 30-06 are not at all similar. It's like comparing a 22 to a 22-250. The 338 is vastly superior in performance than the -06 with regards to energy, trajectory, and everything else. I've got both cals, and ever since acquiring the 338 winny, I've yet to shoot the -06 again.

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Location: Southern NH
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sorry, should have been clearer

maddenwh,

Sorry, I should have been more specific. "Ballistics" wasn't a very good choice of words. I meant "trajectory". From the Federal charts:

30-06 w/ 180g Nosler Partition
.338 Win Mag w/250g Nosler Partition

Long Range (yds)

50 100 200 300 400 500 yd

P3006F 0.9" 2.0" 0.0" -8.5" -24.4" -48.7" 30-06 180g

P338B2 1.0" 2.1" 0.0" -8.8" -25.1" -50.5" .338 WM 250g

My .280 Remington has about the same trajectory with a 162g bullet. I can pick up any of my guns w/o having to remember how much drop each has at different ranges. They're all pretty similar. All sighted in for 200 yds. There is a definite difference in the energy of a .338 over a 30-06 or .280. It is quite visible on impact. Yes You're not nit picking when it comes to that.

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Location: Potlatch, Idaho
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338

Good info. I have been shooting a 300 win mag out of my encore and love it. I have been thinking about getting a 338 mag for it but I love the 300 so much still don't know if I will.

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Location: austin and amarillo texas
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338 winchester mag.

don't really need it in N. America, but most rifles aren't bought because they're needed. DOOO IIITTT. If you do get it, at least you'll be able to say that you have an arsenal ample enough for anything short of cape buffalo (although, cape aint out o da question with 300 graines of good bullet from a 338, when legal). It'll smoke a brown bear like your 300 does an immature gopher.

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