.338 too much for deer hunting?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by shon0331, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. shon0331

    shon0331 New Member

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    Been getting different opinions. In the market for a new deer rifle and thinkin about the savage 11/111 trophy hunter. 338 win mag. Is. 338 overkill for deer hunting?
     
  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    how do you kill a deer any deader than dead??

    if your referring to excessive meat damage. then yes i would consider it a poor round for whitetail.
     

  3. bigdaddy573

    bigdaddy573 New Member

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    If u want to hunt deer with a big gun go to a 300 win mag but a 338 is to big
     
  4. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    My son uses a .338 win mag sometimes for deer. Gotta say it does the job. I don't like the recoil myself but he's a stud and loves it. Nothing wrong with it if you can handle the muzzle blast and kick.
     
  5. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    +2 I have used my 338 on muledeer for the last 7to10 yrs no way is it to much put it BEHIND THE SHOULDER HINT HINT, does no more damage than a 30/06 or any other caliber. Hit the shoulder, well u all should know what happens then even with a 30/30 it tears the hell out of the op shoulder
     
  6. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    No its not to big period. Any caliber 243 an up can tear up plenty of meat if u pound the shoulder shot
     
  7. jpattersonnh

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    I use a 9.3. It is a 9.3x57. Fits in between the .358win and .35 Whelan. Just a .366. Just about the nicest deer rifle to shoot. Recoil is a little above a .223 w/ 232gr, 270 and 286gr are like a 6.5x55 w/ 140gr. very light recoil. Carries enough energy to put a big hurt on any North American game out to 150 yards. If we were talking grizzly, I would prefer a 9.3x62, but at under 100 yards it will do. Carries 2500fpe at 100 yards. When it hits a Whitetail, it lifts them off their feet and drops them flat.
     
  8. jpattersonnh

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    True. Some bullets/calibers/ weights will not make it through the shoulder, so that becomes a huge issue w/ a wounded animal.
     
  9. Muliemaster

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    Yes sir it does
     
  10. bigdaddy573

    bigdaddy573 New Member

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    Ya but is it worth takeing a thump to shoulder look like they give lol but I do agree nuthing is to big I just dont like the extra kick it gives :)
     
  11. Muliemaster

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    Ill be honest with you I can 1 hand my 338, NO IM NOT SAYIN IM SOME BUFF TUFF SOB, im6'2'' 215lbs, I shoot a christensen arms carbon one custom in 338 win mag, it has a 32'' carbon fiber barrel with one of the best custom muzzle brakes on it, christensen makes it, an they put a kick ease recoil pad on it. My brothers 06 kicks like an alabama mule compared to my 338. Now that said the fit is perfect, the lop is exact, my check weld is exact fit to me that helps a ton. Also I have a 338 model 70 that makes u cringe just pickin it up.
     
  12. Muliemaster

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    I do agree that a new hunter/ shooter may want to hold off on a 338 unless they can spring the bucks for a custom with custom pad an a good muzzle brake, if not well plant your butt an be ready for a scope wackin good time
     
  13. bigdaddy573

    bigdaddy573 New Member

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    Lol heck If i had that gun I could to but with your average rifle its not a shooters best friend
     
  14. bigdaddy573

    bigdaddy573 New Member

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    Did see this post
     
  15. Muliemaster

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    That is my one time custom. Wanted one for along time, the wife told me im sick of u sayin how much u want a christensen so go get one, I was on the phone before she finished the sentence. Way to much money with gun an scope but hey I work pretty much 24/7 between the every day ranching, an I haul cows over the road when one of our drivers needs time off. So I said hell do it might as well enjoy something from all the work
     
  16. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If you want a medium bore rather than a 30, you might look at the 338 Marlin Express, 358 Winchester and 35 Whelan.
     
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  17. theropinfool

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    My brother shot his last (mule) deer with a .375. 300 gr partition. Hardly had any meat damage. To each his own.

    I think a nice rifle in experienced hands is the issue. I killed my last elk with a 25-06. Ya, lighter than most guys prefer, but 1 shot behind the shoulder and done.

    If you get a .338 it could be perfect or terrible. All depends on how well you get to know it.

    Hell, if them ol boys could shoot em with .54 cal muzzle loaders...

    My $0.02
     
  18. Muliemaster

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    Yes sir tgats the deal there, guns are like women the more u hold em the better they feel
     
  19. bigdaddy573

    bigdaddy573 New Member

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    Ya those guns ain't cheap wish I could get one lol
     
  20. lonyaeger

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    The question is why would you WANT a .338 when smaller calibers that are cheaper and easier to shoot would be perfectly adequate for deer? Are you going to hunt larger game down the road? Or is this mostly a testosterone thing? You might wind up HATING that rifle, while a .308 or .30-06 is much more adaptable to different hunting situations. I've seen guys completely muck up an elk hunt with a .338 and others who drop an elk with one shot with their good ole .308. Anticipation of recoil can really screw up a shot when in the heat of the hunt.