.338 for deer hunting

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by wildbyrd, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. wildbyrd

    wildbyrd New Member

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    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.
     
  2. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Do you really want to have to tote that carcass that far?
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  3. wildbyrd

    wildbyrd New Member

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    Why do u say that does it mess it up bad
     
  4. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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

    orangello New Member

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    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.
     
  6. 30-30remchester

    30-30remchester New Member

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    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.
     
  7. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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

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  8. natman

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    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.
     
  9. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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

    JimRau Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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:
     
  11. Blueguns

    Blueguns New Member

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    .338 is a little much. You can do it if you want though. Personally, it's not something I would want to do.
     
  12. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    Just don't Choot em with a .50 BMG. Lil bit over kill.
     

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  13. JonM

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    i shoot a 458 winmag a lot and used to have a 338 winmag. i find it an incredibly unpleasent round to shoot. i liken it to getting slapped by dolph lundgren as opposed to being pushed by sylvester stallone when compairing the two.

    the recoil of a 338 is very fast and sharp. i just dont care for the recoil impulse of the 30magnums.

    i would suggest trying to beg or borrow a shot or two out of one before you buy if you have never shot some sort of mid 30's magnum

    oh and i use 458 winmag on whitetail from time to time. this year i have to sideline my model 70 express due to the leupold vx7 self destructing and the glass delaminating
     
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  14. locnload

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    A good friend that I hunt with every year uses a 338 for mule deer and elk. His shots are usually quite accurate so excessive damage is not an issue and he dosen't spend a lot of time tracking. He has taken some nice big bucks with that monster and we can often tell when he shoots, sounds like a Howitzer. :)
     
  15. nitestalker

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    The .338 is very popular in the Mtn. west. The caliber is very accurate over open space. It kills without masssive meat damage if you use the 250 gr. bullets. I have no idea what over kills means, is that a PITA term? The .338 loaded with light bullets is a poor choice. It is like any seriouse hunting rifle if you are concerned about recoil get a 30-30 with a big rubber butt pad.;)
     
  16. purehavoc

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    With the cost of .338 ammo I personally would just go .308 no need for a 1000 yard rifle if your only shooting up to 100-600 yards. That is just my opinion so take that for what it is
     
  17. lbwar15

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    Before anything I would check state law. Some states limit you on calibers you can use for certain types of game. I believe here in AL the biggest we can use is .300 win mag and .7mm.

    My dad hunts with a .300 wsm. He is really considering on dropping to .270 or .30-06. Last year he shot a buck at 20 yards. There was literally nothing left of the front shoulders.
     
  18. gunnut07

    gunnut07 New Member

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    What 338 cartridge?

    338 Win Mag
    338 Weatherby Mag
    338-378 Weatherby mag
    338 RUM
    338 Laupa Mag
    338 Edge
    338 Ruger
    338-06
    33-308
    330 Dakota

    There are plenty more out there as well.....
     
  19. nitestalker

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    In the eastern states like Alabama they limit the upper end rifles? Too bad.:(
    That sounds like another useless control over gun owners.:(
     
  20. lbwar15

    lbwar15 New Member

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    That's about the only crap gun law here. Doesn't realy bother me tho. I would not hunt with a caliber that big anyway. Unless I was hunting something much bigger that whitetail. Speaking of AL gun laws. I was talking to a friend of mine who is a LEO. Apparently AL is an open carry state. And you only need a permit for CC. I did my research before getting my CC and never ran across that one.