338 win mag

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  1. bogcjg

    bogcjg New Member

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    i am new to big game hunting ikwas wondering which would be the best for elk hunting right now it is 306 or the 338
     
  2. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Bog,

    It comes down to preference. A 270, 30-06, 7mm Rem. Mag. 300 Win Mag and others are more than adequate to take down an Elk. Certainly the 338 Win Mag is a good round and would do the job. But is what I believe on the top end regarding what is necessary, but certainly would work. However if I was going for Grizzly I would want all the power I could get. I would then certainly consider the 300 Win Mag or 338 Win Mag.

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  3. JonM

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    i like big bore rifles. ive had a 458 winmag for over 2 decades. bought one at 18. 10 years ago i bought a winchester model 70 in 338 winmag. its a very versatile round but i found it way more unpleasent to shoot than my 458 winmag. a rifle light enough to lug around the woods looking for elk is going to be a very brutal rifle to shoot well for a new hunter of elk.

    i highly recommend you plead and beg with someone who has one to let you try theirs first.

    i ended up selling my 338. i just didnt like the unpleasent recoil profile. its more of a slap than a push. i equate it to being would you rather be punched by tyson or pushed by tyson.

    just my opinion
     
  4. bogcjg

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    so

    so a 30-06 would be better cause i might hunt deer to and other game
     
  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    338 will take deer just fine. if you load your own ammo they can be downloaded to 30-06 levels.

    i hunt texas whitetail with my 458winmag. i just download to 45-70 levels.

    im not gonna tell ya what to do just give my opinions
     
  6. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Bog,

    You are correct the historical 30-06 is very versatile and has a vast assortment of bullets weights you can choose from. I certainly would not recommend a 338 Win Mag for Deer. I hunt with a 7 MM Rem Mag in Texas most of the time due to distance shots but will be taking my Model 70 30-06 this year. The 7MM due to it's speed tears up a little more meat than I like at close range.

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  7. bogcjg

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    thank u though

     
  8. powg

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    elk round

    This my 2 cents . A 30-06 is the best of all worlds .... factory loads from 55 grn to 220 grn from ground hogs to grizzly's ,have been taken with the 06 ....from my experiance with people (real hard core hunters) I can say that the . 338 mags will spend 95 % in the safe and hardly ever even shot ... (other than being sighted in ) .much less hunted with .
     
  9. natman

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    If you plan on using one rifle for general hunting, including elk, get a 30-06. Use premium bullets on elk.

    If you plan on getting a dedicated rifle just for elk, moose or grizzly, then you might consider a 338. Arrange to fire one before you decide to buy one.
     
  10. BombDoc

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    I will second the 338 being brutal. My Ruger in 338WM is not fun to shoot at all. My Dad and I both have them. If you plan on going bigger than elk you may want to consider it. Light loads for elk will tame the recoil and you go balls out if you chase bigger game.

    I'm thinking about getting a new 30-06 so I will watching the thread and hope to see what you settle on.
     
  11. bogcjg

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    is this a good gun and price Remington 770 30-06 Springfield Rifle in Stainless Steel Finish

    349.00 new
     
  12. stalkingbear

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    PLEASE do yourself a favor and stay away from the Remington model 710/770. The 770 is a revamped version of the POS model 710. You can get a Marlin X-7 or a Savage Axis for close to the same price and they are MUCH better guns. If you are wanting to stay with Remington get a model 700 SPS.
     
  13. bogcjg

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    what about this

    is this a good gun Weatherby Vanguard Synthetic DBM Bolt Action Rifle .30-06 Springfield 24" Barrel 4 Rounds Injection-Molded Composite Stock Matte Black Metal Finish
     
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  14. lonyaeger

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    The .338 is MORE than enough to kill an elk. The question is why would you beat your shoulder up with that much and spend that much on ammo when a .308 would do the job just as well depending on your abilities?

    The .338 would be a unitasker, in my opinion, while the .308 would be more versatile.
     
  15. powg

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    elk ...revisited

    As far as guns ...the vanguard in .30-06 or .308 with good glass .nikon ,leupold is the ticket ....if you want a little more ump ......that shoots flat go with a 7mm mag . My money is on the the .308 (the best utility cartridge of the all).
     
  16. bogcjg

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    well

    i decied on the weatherby vanguard 30-06 my friend has one so we can buy amo in bulk
     
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    I live just over the nob from you. I have shot over 10 elk with each caliber so I do have some knowledge. I use a 30-06 now in my later years but in my youth I hunted all kinds of game with a 338, from javalina's to elk. The 338 is a very impressive elk round. Either though will kill an elk, with the 338 having some advantage on angling shots only if heavy premium bullets are used.
     
  19. jpattersonnh

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    It really does not matter what caliber you may think is good, It is the caliber you are good with. .30-06 will work well within certain ranges on elk. 325 yards, no problem w/ a 220gr partition at 2500fps mv. Don't get caught up in the super long range BS. Use this ballistics calculator, it will help more then you know. 180gr partitions @ 2700fps will reach out to 400 yards effectively for Elk.
    JBM - Calculations - Trajectory

    Good choice!
     
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  20. Elwood1

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    I love my 338, but like others have said a 30-06 is plenty for elk. The last elk I killed was with my 280 rem. using 154gr. bullet, killed him just as dead as my 338 would have.