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.338 experience?
« on: February 23, 2024, 05:24:36 PM »
I keep toying with the idea of the 338 Wby RPM. No good reason really, certainly isn't a need. Never used any 338 though, haven't even seen it on game personally. But I like its numbers, and not looking for a huge 338 Edge type round. Good performance, lightweight packages, sounds like it's pretty accurate.

Mainly use my 280AI for deer and elk. Last year used a 308 on my moose. Seems like it could be a great Alaska rifle. But is there any real difference in effectiveness from what I have to it?

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Re: .338 experience?
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2024, 05:37:21 PM »
I used a 300 win mag for 8 years on elk, then switched to 338 wm -  significant increase in effectiveness. Thats on over 20 elk taken.  They stopped moving when hit with 225 gr trophy bonded.  The increase in diameter makes a difference.  No brake needed - my 338 wm kicks a bit less than my 300 wm. 

Past 500 yards I prefer Lapua/ Lapua Ai or 338-378 but do have a 300 wm set up for long range with 215 bergers for deer. 


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Re: .338 experience?
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2024, 05:57:54 PM »
338 rum with 225 accubond has proven stellar on elk for me.
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Re: .338 experience?
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2024, 06:11:05 PM »
I love my 338 lapua and it flattens big bruins.  260 grain Hammer hunter at 2950 fpsÖ..whatís not to love.


My next 338 will push a 175 grain Hammer Hunter.   Thinking 338 lapua or RUM.

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Re: .338 experience?
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2024, 06:55:58 PM »
  The increase in diameter makes a difference.  No brake needed - my 338 wm kicks a bit less than my 300 wm. 



I also felt that the 338 wm seems nicer to shoot than a 300 wm. That was with 210 Nosler Partition in the 338 and 180 in the 300wm .
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Re: .338 experience?
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2024, 06:42:12 AM »
Good morning Taco,

I'm big Win Mag 338 fan and have shot 15 or more elk with it using the old Hornady 225 grain Interlock.
Also, I have used a 7MM Mag for a dozen or so shooting mostly 160 grain Speer Hot Cores.
The 338 really lays em down, as does the 7MM.

About 4 years ago I rebarreled an old Sako Finnbear338 Win Mag to 33 Nosler.
The action and magazine allows me to extend the 270 grain ELDX closer to the lands which produces real good accuracy.
It also provides a little more room for powder which I have taken advantage of.
The bullet leaves the 25" pipe with brake at about 2920 fps.
This is with 81.0 grains of RL19 which is beyond max recommendations.
This 33 Nosler is the real deal, it extends my comfortable shooting distance knowing I have the energy at 700+ yards.

I'm getting ready to convert to RL23 powder (Same Bullet) for the temperature stability factor.
I have also decided to go with Pederson brass as the Nosler brass does not impress me.
Hopefully it works out.

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Re: .338 experience?
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2024, 09:20:47 AM »
Hope you have a good supply of RL23 on hand, I haven't seen it in stores in years.

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Re: .338 experience?
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2024, 09:36:57 AM »
I keep toying with the idea of the 338 Wby RPM. No good reason really, certainly isn't a need. Never used any 338 though, haven't even seen it on game personally. But I like its numbers, and not looking for a huge 338 Edge type round. Good performance, lightweight packages, sounds like it's pretty accurate.

Mainly use my 280AI for deer and elk. Last year used a 308 on my moose. Seems like it could be a great Alaska rifle. But is there any real difference in effectiveness from what I have to it?

Thanks

Well Taco,  since you have a 280AI already,  look into the 338/06AI   :tup:  Surprising what just a little change does to cartridge!
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Re: .338 experience?
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2024, 10:21:11 AM »
Iíve found the 338 Win Mag to be a killing son of a gun. If I could only own one rifle that would be it (Iíd rather be over gunned than under) They recoil, but not unreasonably so in my opinion.Browning A bolt with a composite stock and a 26Ē barrel is more pleasant than some lightweight Ď06ís Iíve shot.
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Re: .338 experience?
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2024, 10:28:40 AM »
I have that same 338 ABolt and couldnít agree more

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Re: .338 experience?
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2024, 10:32:25 AM »
Iíve had the .338 win mag, .338 RUM, .375RUM, .338RCM and at the end of the day I have went back to the win mag. It more than does anything I want it too and itís easy to find ammo for.
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Re: .338 experience?
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2024, 01:26:59 PM »
I killed my first elk with a 338 WM. More recoil than I like but not as bad as some folks might have you believe. Factory ammo got expensive after COVID and I wouldn't be surprised to see it stay that way for a while.

Great choice otherwise, especially if you want to use one rifle on everything.


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Re: .338 experience?
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2024, 01:39:51 PM »
This last month on the 20th I used a 338 to shoot a buffalo. The round entered just in front of the front shoulder and clipped the top of the buffalo's heart. He made it about 50 feet and piled up and was done. Recoil is not as severe as shooting the 350 Remington. That rifle will rattle your fillings.

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Re: .338 experience?
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2024, 03:18:08 PM »
I've killed numerous mule deer with my 338 Win. mag. Quite of few people gave me "chin music" for using that large of a caliber on deer and antelope, but my rifle really shoots the Barnes 160 gr. bullets good and with modest recoil. I've shot many 3 shot 100 yard groups that you could cover with a dime. It also shoots heavier bullets fine.

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Re: .338 experience?
« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2024, 03:57:28 PM »
Just got a model 70 338 winmag
Havenít sighted in yet
Surprised by lack of ammo available
I did use ammo seek to find some back east
Ukraine must be using all our sporting ammo these days huh 🤔  :chuckle:
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Re: .338 experience?
« Reply #15 on: February 24, 2024, 10:29:07 PM »
My dad and I each won a Browning X-bolt 338 WM at a RMEF banquet in 2006. It has been my exclusive hunting gun ever since. It loves 225 Accubonds and shoots lights out. I run a modest 3x9 Leupold scope on it and have killed 2 moose, more than a few elk, and 5 or 6 blacktail with it. The recoil as most have said is more of a push than a slap. I also have a Ruger #1 in 7STW and it kicks way harder than the 338 in my opinion.

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Re: .338 experience?
« Reply #16 on: February 25, 2024, 07:29:05 AM »
A friend of our family who was a big game guide in Wyoming had this to say about cartridges. He said two of the most successful cartridges his hunters used was the 30-06 and the 300win. He said clients lost more game than any other cartridge combined using the 7mm rem mag. This hurts me to say it, but he was NOT a fan of the .270win either. What was his choice of cartridge...the .338 win mag. He loved his .338. That all said, my opinion is a good shot from any of the mentioned cartridges is a dead animal. Not looking for a fight here, just wanted to add that a very successful guide chose the .338win mag, and figured I'd tell his story.
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Re: .338 experience?
« Reply #17 on: February 25, 2024, 08:24:48 AM »
33 nosler is a great gun. I have all calibers of mark v weatherbys
  30-378 is extremely accurate. Deadly and very accorate out past 1400 yds. My 338-378 is even better. Much better performance than the 338 lapua. 300 gr Berger is the most hard hitting accurate bullet i have shot out of it. Much better to shoot the 250 tactical berger. Harder shell. Better penetration less recoil. 3200+ fps. The 300 grain berger has an off the charts BC. Projectile is longer than a .556 loaded round. 250 grain. Nosler  accubond shoots great. Everything it hits tips right over.  If you want a 338 that knock them off of their feet. It will work on everything you would ever hunt. I have a 33 G&A. It performs between the 338-378 and the 338 Lapua. Bullet placement is key for any caliber. My 28 nosler is by far the most accurate caliber i have shot. 195 gr berger at 3202. I can hit a 30x30 steel plate at a mile. It also has dropped everything it has hit. 33 nosler or 33 RUM. Both are great hard hitting rounds. Less recoil and very flat shooting g with the 210 gr nosler. Well over 3000 fps with out the recoil.

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Re: .338 experience?
« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2024, 05:41:08 AM »
I keep toying with the idea of the 338 Wby RPM. No good reason really, certainly isn't a need. Never used any 338 though, haven't even seen it on game personally. But I like its numbers, and not looking for a huge 338 Edge type round. Good performance, lightweight packages, sounds like it's pretty accurate.

Mainly use my 280AI for deer and elk. Last year used a 308 on my moose. Seems like it could be a great Alaska rifle. But is there any real difference in effectiveness from what I have to it?

Thanks

Unfortunately I donít see the 338 RPM having longevity. It will end up getting discontinued like many well designed cartridges before it. If you do get one Iíd buy 400-500 pieces of brass to go with it. I have included a link. I personally own a .338 win mag and use the 250gr Speer Grand Slam. Shot a big male black bear with it a couple years ago. He didnít like it. Good luck.

https://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/item/0005840067r/338-weatherby-rebated-precision-magnum-unprimed-rifle-brass-box-of-50
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