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Old 01-09-2020, 06:08 AM   #1
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.338 magnum

I have a .338 Win Mag that I got for elk hunting. I've used it on deer and coyotes to good effect. Seems to be one of those inherently accurate rounds.

Although, I find myself using a bow for elk more than a rifle, but that's a topic for another day.

I find I like using 225gr bullets. This seems to be the sweet spot where speed and terminal ballistics converge. I'm getting right around 2900fps from them, if I recall correctly. I don't have my data sheet in front of me and don't want to go get it.
 
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Old 01-09-2020, 06:20 AM   #2
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Could never see the need to go to .338, I've always thought that .308 Winchester and .30-06 would take down anything in North America that I would consider hunting, plus there are at least 70+ different bullets on the market which will give you a wide spectrum of load possibilities. Also, less recoil.
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Old 01-09-2020, 11:48 AM   #3
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I was young and foolish - though I really like this gun.

I don't regret getting it at all.

My son just picked up a 45-70 in stainless, one of those guns I lust after once in a while and then I go naw...and then I find myself thinking about picking one up...
 
 
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Heaviest rifle caliber I own anymore is plain old .308, unless we count the .454 Casull carbine which is actually more powerful with some loads. I had a nice .300 win mag BAR once, but sold it shortly after we moved to Arkansas. Just never needed more than the .308 and the .300WM ammo was painfully expensive; something like $2-$3 a round even then iirc, and that was more than a quarter century ago.

For really big stuff like elk, I can see the heavier guns; I just never hunt those animals.
 
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Heaviest rifle caliber I own anymore is plain old .308, unless we count the .454 Casull carbine which is actually more powerful with some loads. I had a nice .300 win mag BAR once, but sold it shortly after we moved to Arkansas. Just never needed more than the .308 and the .300WM ammo was painfully expensive; something like $2-$3 a round even then iirc, and that was more than a quarter century ago.

For really big stuff like elk, I can see the heavier guns; I just never hunt those animals.
I find myself chasing elk with a bow these days, though there will come a day where using the bow is not an option and I'll revert to the rifle, until I can't hunt any more...
 
Old 01-09-2020, 05:48 PM   #6
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I was young and foolish - though I really like this gun.

I don't regret getting it at all.

My son just picked up a 45-70 in stainless, one of those guns I lust after once in a while and then I go naw...and then I find myself thinking about picking one up...
I have a Shilo Sharps #3 Sporting Rifle in .45-70, great for steel ram takedown at 500 yds, but heavy enough I wouldn't want to carry it without a pack mule for any distance.
 
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I recently picked up a .300win mag Remington 5r Milspec to get back into long range shooting.
As a friend has opened a shooting range with some areas set up for 1000yds ; so far.

I used to do a bit of it out to 600yds regularly and on occasion further. I miss vapor trails and that nice distant clang of a good impact echoing back from the steel.

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