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Old 02-02-2014, 08:30 PM   #1
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Im looking a buying a winchester 338 magnum alaskan model should i put a muzzel break on it and what kind of recoil reduction can i exspect 225 gr sst bullets will it ompare to a 308 or a 270


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Old 02-02-2014, 08:46 PM   #2
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What will the accuracy be good or bad any one own one of these


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a lot of it's accuracy will be dependent upon how bad you flinch from the recoil. even with a muzzle brake the 338 WM is a stout recoiling rifle. and a lot of accuracy comes from finding the right factory load or reloading to find the right combination that works well in that rifle.

and getting a muzzle brake installed correctly is not cheap. not just anyone can do one properly and make it work correctly.
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Owned and shoot a 1895 marlin for years shot my own hand loads in it 52 gr reloader 7 powder with a hornaday 350 gr rn bullet it kicked hard bard enough to bruise off the bench i am hoping the 338 mag will hit as hard at 300 yards. As the 45/70 did at 100 yrds and with the muzzel break it will be a lot lighter on the recoil


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Owned and shoot a 1895 marlin for years shot my own hand loads in it 52 gr reloader 7 powder with a hornaday 350 gr rn bullet it kicked hard bard enough to bruise off the bench i am hoping the 338 mag will hit as hard at 300 yards. As the 45/70 did at 100 yrds and with the muzzel break it will be a lot lighter on the recoil


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i have shot several rifles in 45-70 and also the 338 WM. the 338 WM is a bit more recoil than the 45-70.

i am curious as to what you would be hunting to think you need a 338 WM though. just about any game in North America can be taken with a 30-06 if you use the proper ammo and shot placement.
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Elk moose griz at a longer range then the 45/70 can do with a clean kill 300 yards vs a 100 for he 45/70 bullet choices go from 185 gr to 300gr the 300 gr at 2450 is more then i can get out of my 45/70 safely


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If you go w the MB, make sure you get a model that slides to a closed position or you replace break w solid. Always wondered if it changed POI any...

Muzzle breaks should only be used on the bench and even then, you will irritate people.

A custom rifle maker decided to make the rifle in .338 WM. They moved the accuracy std from 1/2" to 3/4" - of course, people wondered why ? Everything from too powerful, yada, yada but the answer had nothing to do w the gun at all.

The rifle will still group 1/2" or under but do to recoill, they gave the accuray guarantee a "helping hand" to protect fragile egos.

You might want to try the 375 HH or Ruger. For comfort - 9 lb or more including scope weight.

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If you go w the MB, make sure you get a model that slides to a closed position or you replace break w solid. Always wondered if it changed POI any...

Muzzle breaks should only be used on the bench and even then, you will irritate people.

A custom rifle maker decided to make the rifle in .338 WM. They moved the accuracy std from 1/2" to 3/4" - of course, people wondered why ? Everything from too powerful, yada, yada but the answer had nothing to do w the gun at all.

The rifle will still group 1/2" or under but do to recoill, they gave the accuray guarantee a "helping hand" to protect fragile egos.

You might want to try the 375 HH or Ruger. For comfort - 9 lb or more including scope weight.
accuracy of the rifle or the cartridge is not the problem, but the person pulling the trigger and having to deal with massive recoil. hard to maintain good groups when you flinch from recoil! this has been a problem for many years with hard recoiling lighweight hunting rifles. trying to sight them in and work up good groups while building loads for them. part of the reason i don't own any large bore magnums anymore.
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The recoil tables estimate 32lbs recoil 16 for recoil velocity what about a mercury tube . This is for hunting and hiking around in griz country with my kids to go fishing with a scope i should be over 9 lbs a muzzle break and decelerator Recoil pad. Should take some ofthe sting out dont you think ?


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The recoil tables estimate 32lbs recoil 16 for recoil velocity what about a mercury tube . This is for hunting and hiking around in griz country with my kids to go fishing with a scope i should be over 9 lbs a muzzle break and decelerator Recoil pad. Should take some ofthe sting out dont you think ?


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a mercury tube adds weight as well as acting similiar to a shock absorber. i have no real experiance with the mercury tubes, but IIRC, they have to be fitted to the stock by boring it out for the mercury tube. weigh can be your friend when shooting large bore magnum rifles, but the trade-off is lugging that heavy rifle all day long. that can make for a long and tiring day.

recoil pad should help a lot. a good recoil pad. as JonM suggested, if you have the chance to shoot one, then try one out before buying one. it would give you an idea of what to expect in owning and shooting one.
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