Originally Posted by Muliemaster
Then what are u tryin to do except try to say the ,06, is close to the 338, come on the 338 smashes the 06 period
I'm going to give this one last try.
In no way, shape or form was I trying to compare the 30-06 and the 338 in terms of POWER. I agree, and have said several times now, that the 338 is more powerful. There's no need to tell me yet again.
The OP asked about the 338 as a long range round. I compared the TRAJECTORY
of the 338 to the 30-06 because the 30-06 is a familiar round. No other comparison was intended.
Perhaps a picture will help:
This is a comparison of three cartridge's TRAJECTORIES. The green line is the long range trajectory of a "woods round", the 338 Federal. The red line is a truly flat shooting round, the 25-06. The blue line is the 338 Magnum, which sort of splits the difference.
I didn't include the 30-06 for the sake of clarity, but trust me, its trajectory is virtually identical to the 338.
My point is that if you are going to choose a cartridge for long range shooting, there are better choices than the 338 WM in terms of trajectory
. Not knocking it, just pointing out that there are flatter shooting cartridges out there. That's just the simple truth.
Other considerations may influence which round is "better" but the OP hasn't given enough information to make a more detailed decision.