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Old 01-31-2012, 05:12 PM   #11
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Both are simply a faster round . It is a handloaders cartidge. Just a simple way to add a 100 fps to most common cartidges. I don't load rifles enought to even think about it but if you plan on it then its a great way to pick up some FPS.
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If you want to stay with a long action and get the best ballistics out of a 30-06 length cartridge. I would go with a 280 AI myself. 7mm bullets are long and sleek and give the best downrange energy of the .257-.338 caliber bullets.
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Personally,unless you like wasting time and money fireforming brass,I'd stay away from the Ackley Improved calibers.
Yes,they do pickup a couple hundred fps,but I've never seen an animal in the field holding a radar gun,and they will be just as dead shooting the original caliber.
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TXhillbilly Good thing different people like different thangs ,right.. Try could be no choices for some
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I'd opt for the 35 Whelen if ammo availabilty was an issue.

The other consideration would be the 25-06, but seeing has how you already have the .270 I don't see anything to gain by going to the 25-06. As for the 338-06, great caliber but as far as I know handloading is your only option. That can be an issue if hunting in a location that mandates "correctly headstamped brass."
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TXhillbilly Good thing different people like different thangs ,right.. Try could be no choices for some
That's true! But I've had a couple AI chambered rifles in the past,and the time and money spent just forming brass wasn't worth the gains in overall performance for me.

Different strokes,for different folks!
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I'd opt for the 35 Whelen if ammo availabilty was an issue.

The other consideration would be the 25-06, but seeing has how you already have the .270 I don't see anything to gain by going to the 25-06. As for the 338-06, great caliber but as far as I know handloading is your only option. That can be an issue if hunting in a location that mandates "correctly headstamped brass."
handloading isn't the only option, as Nosler and A-Square both have factory loaded ammo in this caliber. A-Square adopted this cartridge several years ago and started offering factory ammo in it. if you decided to reload, Nosler, Norma, A-Square and Weatherby all have brass for this caliber. all of this is listed in the current Midway catalog. many years ago this caliber had a big following from people wanting a 338 without having to go the magnum route. it is a great caliber and one that i might add to my add to my collection in the future.
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35 Whelen would be my choice.
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Txhillbilly Your right, that for many of use it does take one extra range trip to fire forum with some waisted materials. Its just some of the difference's in the run of the mill shooter and guys that want that little extra. I will stay with my 7mm rem mag but, if I had a range with some distance near me it would be different . The nearest one ,almost 2hrs away closed right after I got up here.
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handloading isn't the only option, as Nosler and A-Square both have factory loaded ammo in this caliber. A-Square adopted this cartridge several years ago and started offering factory ammo in it. if you decided to reload, Nosler, Norma, A-Square and Weatherby all have brass for this caliber. all of this is listed in the current Midway catalog. many years ago this caliber had a big following from people wanting a 338 without having to go the magnum route. it is a great caliber and one that i might add to my add to my collection in the future.
I wasn't aware of that axxe, thank you.

I can find 35 Whelen at my LGS but have yet to see any for the 338-06 or brass for that caliber. That's not to say that there is none to be had but I do like to consider availability of ammo in case I need to buy something right now.

I will contend that if one is travelling, and gets seperated from their ammunition that it will be easier to find 35 Whelen than loaded 338-06 however. That was the point of what I said but maybe could've said it a better way.

Like you I am considering a 338-06 as well. It offers a lot of potential, in my opinion.
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