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Old 12-14-2011, 01:03 AM   #1
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Default 30-06, 338 Winchester Mag, or 300 Winchester Mag

I am thinking about getting another cal besides the 30-06 Springfield. Out of these three cals what would yall get for hunting in North America: 30-06, 338 Winchester Mag, or 300 Winchester Mag

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Old 12-14-2011, 01:38 PM   #2
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Your biggest gain if you want something besides your 30-06 would be the .338 mag but it will only be really useful if your game will include elk and bigger class animals and maybe some bear hunting in Alaska. If you already have a 30-06 and most of your hunting is in Alabama I would consider going down to a .243 or a 25-06 for your next gun so you have something that will reach out there easier/flater and will give you something to use for varmints to deer size game.

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Of the three I listed what is the fastest and will go out farthest?

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I have all the above listed calibers. My favorite is the 300. Works well on western big game. Never failed.

I use two different loads, 150 gr. that's at about 3200 and the 180 gr. at about 3000 fps.

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From what Ive read the 300 goes farther, faster, and has more knock-down power when it reaches its target than the 30-06.

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Your biggest gain if you want something besides your 30-06 would be the .338 mag but it will only be really useful if your game will include elk and bigger class animals and maybe some bear hunting in Alaska. If you already have a 30-06 and most of your hunting is in Alabama I would consider going down to a .243 or a 25-06 for your next gun so you have something that will reach out there easier/flater and will give you something to use for varmints to deer size game.
Why will it only be useful for elk and larger animals? Why not deer? I have also narrowed it down to two rounds: the .338 Winchester Magnum and the .300 Winchester Magnum. I am buying a Savage but they dont make a gun chambered in .338 Winchester Magnum with accustock. Does it really matter if the gun has accustock or not? Would it make it more accurate if it had accustock?
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Why will it only be useful for elk and larger animals? Why not deer? I have also narrowed it down to two rounds: the .338 Winchester Magnum and the .300 Winchester Magnum. I am buying a Savage but they dont make a gun chambered in .338 Winchester Magnum with accustock. Does it really matter if the gun has accustock or not? Would it make it more accurate if it had accustock?
.338 is fine for deer but they are not specially tough to kill so I would not subject myself to the recoil of a .338 WinMag unless I really needed the horsepower for larger game. As a matter of fact even the 30-06 is more gun than what you need for deer when a nice easy shooting 7mm-08, .243, .257 Roberts will flatten them every time without ruining a ton of meat in the process. But hey everyone is different...
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Why will it only be useful for elk and larger animals? Why not deer? I have also narrowed it down to two rounds: the .338 Winchester Magnum and the .300 Winchester Magnum. I am buying a Savage but they dont make a gun chambered in .338 Winchester Magnum with accustock. Does it really matter if the gun has accustock or not? Would it make it more accurate if it had accustock?
No the non accustock is fine also its for hunting I assume, the savage is a damn fine shooter, the accustock is better fitted for target shooters imho
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I've got all three and I wouldn't think of shooting a Texas whitetail with my 338 Win Mag. Probably not even my 300 Win Mag. Heck my 30-06 with 165 gr at 100 yards spun my last whitetail around twice in his tracks before dropping him. Went clean through. Didn't damage much meat at all and I can only imagine that either of the Mag's would have just gone through him quicker. Nothing at all to gain IMHO. Plus most shots around here are 100 - 200 yards unless you go way out in the west Texas plains, I guess. Or antelope hunting. Don't know about Alabama whitetails so maybe you grow them the size of small elk. Don't get me wrong. I love power but a 30-06 is plenty for whitetails at typical ranges. But get what you like.

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Which one is more accurate at long ranges 300 or the 338 winchester magnum

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