Originally Posted by Rothey10
That's pretty cool. It would be fun to shoot.
Rothey, all of my go to hunters are Husqvarna rifles. The 9.3x57 is a 1943, The 8x57 is a 1955 built on a 1947 large ring '98 FN receiver, one of 10,000 made on those 1947 receivers from 1947 to 1962. Lastly is a small ring Husqvarna '98 M1600 in 6.5x55. My oldest son has a 1931 M46 9.3x57 and my middle son has a sportered 1942 M38 Husqvarna 6.5x55. If you want to talk about long range, I also have an original M41b Sniper (A Swede also) that the scope (a 1937 German A-jack) is graduated out to 800 yards. No guess work there.
To me there is more to firearms and hunting then sending lead down range.
Aleksi, I have a few 91/30's left. I just sold a pristine Finn capture, a 1938 from the Winter war. Double SA stamped.
Why do I think the .338 WM is overkill on Black bear and whitetail? Most of the hunting done for those specics here in the North East is done at less then 150 yards. Your rifle/ cartridge has the energy/ penetration ability for a 500 + yard shot. If you hunted elk in the west every year, ok I could see it. Here in the east a .308 would work as well at 250 yards on Black bear and 400 yards on Whitetail.
Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against a large bore rifle, it is the velosity.
Years ago I was looking for a new hunting rifle. I had been using a 1917 Spandau GEW98 that was sportered and had a receiver sight. I wanted more so I could use it for Elk in Colorado. I started reloading for it asap, a 7mm Reington Magnum. I started loading 140gr ballistic tips. The very 1st Whitetail I shot w/ it was under 100 yards and the bullet exploded on impacting a rib, litterally on the surface breaking the rib and sending shrapnel into the body cavity. The deer got right back up and started to run, I hit it w/ a second shot that put it down. I found out later that the speed of the bullet caused its failure. I never used BT on game again, and am leary about shots at 100 yards or less w/ that rifle to this day. Now I use partitions and Barnes in 7mmRM. I use 6.5x55 and 9.3x57 for hunting here now( 8x57 also). Both have little more felt recoil then a .223. Both are under 7lb's and have actions smooth as glass.
The .338WM is a large game, heavy skinned cartridge. Whitetail are thin skinned medium game. I would make sure you find a bullet that will actually expand properly. Sorry for being long winded.