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What can any of you guys tell me about it? I know it was made by federal. some kind of of a cross breed, who makes a rifles in this cal? would I be better off having my 308 re barreled in 338 Federal ? Any idea's what the cost would be?  Anything u want to add go for it.
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It was federal's version of the whole short mag thing... kind of a 338 short mag so to speak...and while its not the power house the 338 magnum is, it is an awesome round in it's own right. I had the oppurtunity to use one on wild boar and it proved to be a real thumper on their end, with not bad at all recoil on my end! Tikka makes the t3 in 338 federal and I think ruger does in the hawkeye. Very nice caliber, but I would not convert my 308.
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I've got a 338 Fed Ruger Hawkeye.  I'm happy with it so far.  I haven't killed anything with it, but mines very accurate with 200 grain bullets and RL15.  
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Armalite sells upper recievers and barrels in .338 federal. If you already own an AR-10 and want some more pop it gives you some options. Anything that says Armalite is gonna cost you. Still, Im looking at them...
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Kimber, Sako, Tikka and Ruger to name a few.
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I have a Sako 85 in .338 Fed.  Mine is very accurate.  It isn't a "short mag" at all; it's simply the .308 case necked up to .338.  Recoil is fairly mild, yet it packs a pretty good punch at short to medium range.  I've killed a dump truck load of feral hogs with it so far, using 210 gr bullets, and it's been a very effective hog killer.  
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For all practical purposes, the 338 federal is just a .308 Win. necked up to accept .338 bullets.  Like all .308 Win. based cartridges, it is inherently efficient.  It is not a short magnum in that it uses moderate doses of medium burn-rate powders, and produces moderate velocities.  It is at its best with light for caliber bullets of tough construction (think Barnes X).

If you are using the rifle for target (especially long range) I would recommend sticking with .308.  If hunting for big game at moderate distances (400 yards and in), I think the .338 Federal provides a real advantage, but the .308 is no slouch either.


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Nothing wrong with redundancy, its just proves the point.
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OK the rifle  I would re barrel would be my savage 10fp.(308) It would be used for everything from target to hunt elk @ mid to long ranges.
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Re barreling your own would be great fun and the savage is about the easiest rifle to do this to.

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Like Ted, I, too, have a Sako 85 in 338 Federal, and I am very pleased with the cartridge.  I have a 1.5-6X42 scope on the rifle.  I have, to date, taken 5 deer and 3 black bear with it, and I am impressed by the way it performs on game.  It is probably due to bullet construction, but I have always gotten excellent penetration.    
 
For example, I use 185 gr TSX for deer.  The longest shot I have taken was about 165 yards, and the deer was weighed at 275 pounds.  The deer presented a quartering shot - the bullet entered the shoulder and exited behind the opposite rib cage.  I used the 210 gr Partitions for the bears. 
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I believe Sako is dropping the .338 Fed. due to "slowed" sales. I almost bought a Sako 85 in .338 Fed. when they first arrived. Price was decent but I decided to "wait". Now I kinda wished I would have bought it. I've seen some good deals on Gunbroker though.
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Get it while you can.  From my totally unscientific observation, it's looking like .338 Fed ammo and brass is becoming increasingly harder to find and I wouldn't be surprised if rifles and ammo for it is eventually dropped from production.  I don't think that chambering gained the popularity that Federal expected.  It's a shame, as it's a good cartridge.
 
I'm glad I got mine when I did.  Ironically, when I bought my Sako 85 in .338 Fed, I did so not so much for the chambering but because that particular rifle happened to have one of the priettiest pieces of wood on it I've ever seen on an out of the box factory rifle.  I wasn't planning to buy a new rifle that day, but I fell in lust with it because of its stock and some other-worldly force suddenly made me plop some money on the counter before I knew what the hell I was doing.  Luckily for me, I don't regret buying it.
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Ted, quite teasing us, show us some pictures of the eye candy.

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he posted pictures of it a couple of times i do believe.
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                                                   Come on Ted, pic please!!!
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I'll try to post one soon, but doing so is sorta hijacking the man's thread, ain't it?
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post a way man. OK now here something else. I've only really heard about re barreling but never done it or know to much about it. lol sorry any tips on how to go about it? Would it be cheaper just to buy a new rifle? I'm kind of wanting to stay with a bull barrel.
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I converted a savage 110 from 30-06 to 35 whelen.  Required: Barrel nut wrench, Go & NoGo gages and the barrel. All can be obtained from Midway and theres alot of info on the net regarding the procedures to follow.
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Originally posted by hunterwingler hunterwingler wrote:

post a way man. OK now here something else. I've only really heard about re barreling but never done it or know to much about it. lol sorry any tips on how to go about it? Would it be cheaper just to buy a new rifle? I'm kind of wanting to stay with a bull barrel.

i guess if you really want a super accurate barrel you could possibly spend a lot of money, but i dont know if it would be as much as a new rifle.
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