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. 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.
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.
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.
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. You're not nit picking when it comes to that.
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.
The goal of all hunters is a quick, humane kill where the animal drops in it's tracks and is dead within seconds. But in a pursuit that has as many variables as hunting, sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. However, game can be tracked and recovered with the right skills and with patience.
First of all, you need to wait the right amount of time after the shot before tracking a wounded animal. I've heard estimates of waiting 30 minutes for a hit in the vitals and 5-8 hours for a...