Hunting rifle

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Rothey10, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. Rothey10

    Rothey10 New Member

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    I bought a new hunting rifle a month or so ago chambered in .338 Winchester magnum. I love the .338 and i used a .338 lapua magnum for the last few years but 4 and 5 dollars a shot is starting to limit the rounds that gun sees. Just thought Id post on here to see what all of you thought of the .338 win mag as a hunting rifle since I've yet to use it against any deer elk or bear here in PA.
     
  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    .338 Win Mag is PLENTY of gun for ANYTHING in the lower 48 and certainly not underpowered for Alaska.

    It could be considered too much gun for most applications in the lower 48.
     

  3. jpattersonnh

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    .338 mag is overkill in the lower 48. Whitetail and Eastern Black bear, way too much.
     
  4. Wambli

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    If I could only have (God forbid) one hunting rifle to cover all North America game up to Brown bear in Alaska it would be a .338 WinMag.
     
  5. Rothey10

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    Well I have two friends that live in Alaska and I usually go up there at least once every two years to hunt. So I definitely needed something for the much larger game. As far as deer I was curious as to how it would perform. After this year I'll probably go back to my 270 or 30-06. Much cheaper to shoot.
     
  6. 300WSM

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    If you reload the 338 may be the all around bestest ever. I used to load a 225 gr over 64 gr of h-4350 and was pushing about 2600+ which is not too powerful for just about any game. :eek:
     
  7. Rothey10

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    I reload just about everything lol. Anything to save a bit of money only to put it back into another gun.
     
  8. Sniper03

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    Rothey10,
    I like the 338 Win. Mag. also. But for White Tail like me with my 7mm Rem Mag plan on loosing a lot of meat especially the shoulder area at close ranges. I hunt Texas so the 7mm Mag. is good for long shots. But in close 100-150 yards on White Tails I have lost a lot of meat. I will be doing some deer hunting in the 150 yard range this year due to terrain and I am going to use my O6 with the proper bullets for the task. But I will be in Texas again also this year and the 7mm Mag. will be with me. Where I hunt 250-400 yard shots are common.
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  9. Rothey10

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    Where I hunt my stand overlooks a large field where I can get shots off up to about 700 yards before it starts getting too thick to see into.
     
  10. Rothey10

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    I'm actually in the process of ordering parts for a .308. I've been planning on building a rifle for myself.
     
  11. mrb1982

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    I am not a fan of the statement "overpowered." I shoot a 7mm rem mag and have never "overkilled" a deer with it. I think the 338 is an awesome caliber and you will be super pleased with it. I'm a big fan of 7mm, 300 win mag, and 338 win mag calibers. Probably my 3 most favorite ever.
     
  12. 300WSM

    300WSM New Member

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    Since your reloading the 338 will kill most everything super fantastico, and do it better then most. :cool:
     
  13. 300WSM

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    I like to think of a shot as being too slow, just about right, or too fast at a certain distance as opposed to overpowered. However if your hunting white tail with a 416, im going with overpowered.:eek:
     
  14. Rothey10

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    I hunt with a guy who used a 50bmg on a deer once. Key word being once because it was obviously much more than overkill.
     
  15. jpattersonnh

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    700 yard shot at Whitetail that have a 9" kill zone? Not very ethical. You must be a retired Sniper. That is not hunting. Your optics must also be high magnification, which would limit close up shots. So who did the custom work on your rifle to make it accurate enough to hit a pie plate at 700 yards.

    How will it kill better? Dead is dead!

    Velosity is not the main factor, energy transfer and penetration are. Lets not forget accuracy.



    I'm not against large Magnums, If all you have is 1 rifle and it is a large magnum, so be it. Claiming to be able to take game at 700 yards w/ the rolling hills of Pa. is what I have a hard time believing. I seriously must have done something wrong in the last 50 years not to be able to hit game at 700 yards. Read this article, My Favorite sentence is " A hunter that takes or brags about 600 yard shots is either foolhardy or just plain dumb. "
    A 600 yard F-class target is 24", not 9" as the kill zone on Whitetail is.

    F-Class Long Range Target Shooting, Part I
     
  16. Rothey10

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    700 yard shot isn't anything. I hit a gallon jug at 1200 yards on the first attempt and ground hog out to a thousand all day long. Groundhogs at a thousand is smaller than a 9" kill zone and it's done in the rolling hills of PA every Saturday by my father, my uncle and myself. Not including the man that owns the property and hunts with us.
     
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  17. Rothey10

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    I have lisping scopes with 8.5-25 zoom and it doesn't really limit me on close shots.
     
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  18. jpattersonnh

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    I'm Calling BS on this BS thread. An 8.5 at 100 yards is what. Your FOV is 4.3 feet at 100 yards. I'd like to see you find a whitetail w/ that. The longest shot I've ever seen in Pa. was 300 yards. A standard 3-9x40mm Bushnell scope, Winchester Mod 70 right hand bolt with a left handed shooter. This is a guy that roamed the desert in 1991 and is one real bad @ss. The shot was on the move.
    Some moron tried a long shot, hit the deer in the hind and my buddy finish it w/ a headshot while the deer was on the run at 300 yards. The @sshole that shot it was pissed that Anton ruined the mount. He showed up 20 minutes after he put it down. What are the odds that he would have ever found the buck. You are a moron. JP
     
  19. Rothey10

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    I use a spotting scope for the far shots to find the ground hogs deer etc. I use a leupold 8.5-25x50mm and you'd be surprised once you've seen the deer how easy it is to spot it with my leupold. Plus as you prob know when a gun is sighted in it's not hard to hit a stationary target. Esp when you know exactly how many clicks to go up on your scope for every distance up to 1500 yards. With a little practice and the right gun it's truly amazing how easy it is to reach out and hit targets from extreme distances. As far as your friend goes he could prob do that from a much further distance. My 60 year old uncle hit a running deer in 22 acre field from his tree stand. He did that with his custom rifle built by the same man who built mine.
     
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