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hello all  how is everyone? I have a question   does anyone have a 338 win mag  and do you like it?
I am considering trading for one 
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Yes, I have an Abolt in 338 and its a great caliber for for moose, bear and elk. What are you planning on hunting with it?
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the .338 to me personally is a tweener. its stuck between the .300mags and the .375's. ive never owned a .338, ive shot a few of them, i prefer to use the .300's up to 200gr bullets, if i need anything bigger than that i reach for my .375H&H.
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I have never had a 338WM but have wanted one for years and in fact ordered one that never came in in a Browning semi auto. The Tikka is made in a 338 WM and is one I would like to own. I have had 458WM and a couple of .375H&H rifles and I very much like the 375 H&H. At long range the 338WM holds close to the same energy as the 375 H&H so it a very fine choice for large game.
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I have a Remington .338 Win Mag, and used it to take my 8'3" Russian brown bear.  One good hit, and the bear went straight down.  Ditto for a hunting partner who also used a .338 on his brown bear.
 
It's strictly a business rifle if you shoot full power loads.  I'm only good for twelve shots off the bench with these loads.  Then I close up shop so I don't develop a flinch.  The .338 isn't gentle, but it sure did the job on those big bears! 
 
There are milder handloads listed, but I haven't tried them.  I've used a .30-06 for most of my other U.S. hunting.
 
If you plan to hunt dangerous game in Africa, the .375 is a better choice.  If you are only hunting North America, the .338 is a great choice.
 
I suggest you try working the bolt (uncocked) on whatever rifle you get.  With a Remington rifle, I can slap the bolt open and closed with the palm of my hand in about the time it takes to work a lever action.  This doesn't work as well on some of the other brands of rifles that I like. 
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IMHO, the .338 Win Mag shines with the premium bullets, everything from the 200 grn Nosler Accubond to the 275 grn Swift A-Frame.
The .338 Win Mag has proven a bear stopper and moose dropper here in Alaska and should work well in the lower 48 states.
The 210 grn Nosler Partion or 200 grn Nosler Accubond should work well on deer and even elk, the 225 grn premiums should also work well, full charge 250 grn premiums might be overkill on deer and elk but if you want to be able to shoot a deer or elk from either end the 275 grn Swift A-Frame will do the deed..I have seen what it does to a large bull moose.
The lighter bullets don't recoil like the heavier ones do and get downrange quickly.
You can load cheaper heavy bullets at a lower velocity, think 2500 fps max and not spoil much meat, actually 2250 fps would work well with a 250 grn at 200 yards or closer.
Lots of factory ammo from light to heavy.
Most countries in Africa require a .375 as minimum for dangerous game and many are beginning to think about making the .400 caliber minimum on buffalo.
For the lower 48 the .338 Win Mag is versatile and lethal.
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I have a relative shot a antelope with one and it blow the hind quarters clean off. I would think it would do much the same on deer??
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The .338 Win. is an excellent cartridge, IMO.  I don't currently have one, but it is on the short list.  I have seen the cartridge used on various species with success.

I would pair it with a controlled expansion 225 gr. bullet and go hunting myself.
 
While it wouldn't be my first choice for deer or antelope, it would do fine with a good quality bullet.  With all due respect to rustic, it is clear that his account is one or more of the following:
 
1.  Exaggerated.
2.  A bullet failure.
3.  Improper bullet selection.
 
Any of which would not be the fault of the cartridge.
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Originally posted by Bitterroot Bulls Bitterroot Bulls wrote:

The .338 Win. is an excellent cartridge, IMO.  I don't currently have one, but it is on the short list.  I have seen the cartridge used on various species with success.


I would pair it with a controlled expansion 225 gr. bullet and go hunting myself.

 

While it wouldn't be my first choice for deer or antelope, it would do fine with a good quality bullet.  With all due respect to rustic, it is clear that his account is one or more of the following:

 

1.  Exaggerated.

2.  A bullet failure.

3.  Improper bullet selection.

 

Any of which would not be the fault of the cartridge.


No, I did not see the animal after it was shot. I am pretty sure he was not exaggerating but he was using Rem. Corelocks so 2 and 3 are the fault I suspect.
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Certainly less meat damage on the whitetails that have been shot with it at our camp (not too many) than a 270 and that was personally observed. Bullet selection/construction no doubt was the cause.
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