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wildbyrd 11-15-2012 07:33 PM

.338 for deer hunting
 
Just wondering what people know about the 338 round and if it's suitable for deer hunting. Also if anyone knows what the average price of a browning BAR in .338 would be guns in great shape and has brand leupold vx3 scope just can't decide If that's what I want to hunt with. Have a 308 now and love that gun just wanting something new.

orangello 11-15-2012 07:34 PM

Do you really want to have to tote that carcass that far?
;)

wildbyrd 11-15-2012 10:00 PM

Why do u say that does it mess it up bad

Garadex 11-15-2012 10:11 PM

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Originally Posted by orangello
Do you really want to have to tote that carcass that far?
;)

Let me guess, it would be good for bears though.

orangello 11-15-2012 10:14 PM

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Originally Posted by wildbyrd (Post 1015899)
Why do u say that does it mess it up bad

Sorry, i was joking about the extended range. I wouldn't want to walk as far as you could hit a deer with it to drag a deer out.

30-30remchester 11-16-2012 12:13 AM

I shot quite a few deer, antelope, elk and coyotes with a 338 win mag mainly using 250 grain Nosler Partions. Aim true and they fall dead. Nothing magic about it. Great elk cartridge.

Sniper03 11-16-2012 12:55 AM

I agree with 30-30 but the 338 will damage a lot of meat on a deer.

03

natman 11-18-2012 06:39 PM

A 338 will certainly kill a deer, but I can't imagine why you'd want to put up with the recoil when there are so many cartridges that would work just as well and kick a LOT less.

If you insist on using a 338, avoid the premium bullets that you'd normally use on elk and try something that will expand properly on a deer.

willfully armed 11-19-2012 03:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Sniper03 (Post 1016077)
I agree with 30-30 but the 338 will damage a lot of meat on a deer.

03

So will any centerfire rifle caliber. Hit 'em in the pie plate and you only wreck the vital organs.

JimRau 11-22-2012 04:45 PM

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Originally Posted by wildbyrd (Post 1015709)
Just wondering what people know about the 338 round and if it's suitable for deer hunting. Also if anyone knows what the average price of a browning BAR in .338 would be guns in great shape and has brand leupold vx3 scope just can't decide If that's what I want to hunt with. Have a 308 now and love that gun just wanting something new.

As the saying goes, 'dead is dead' but a 338 is a bit of an over kill for deer. But it will not damage any more meat than a 30-30. I have killed several bo with a 338 and it did a fine job and the wound cavity was smaller than my 7 RM.

But because I was in bear country (Alaska) I used the 338.:eek:


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