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Old 04-29-2004, 11:22 AM   #1
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Anyone experienced with this load? Opinions? Apparently close to a 35 Whelen.
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Old 04-30-2004, 07:26 AM   #2
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I have one made up on a Remington action with a Wiseman bbl and McMillian stock. Out to 200 yds it acts just like a 338 on game. Beyond that the trajectory starts to loop a bit. Great woods rifle. Lots like the Whelen, but a bit flatter shooting with my loads and 250 gr Noslers.
Old 05-01-2004, 10:40 AM   #3
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Well it's good enough that Weatherby finally made it an offering in its rifle line
Old 05-08-2004, 05:05 PM   #4
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Try it, You'll like it........

I took a current CRF M70 and rebarreled with a 24" LILJA in the .338-06 several years ago. No sooner finished and I Used it on a quick trip to South Africa on several antelope species from little impala to wildebeest,waterbuck and a seriously large Livingston Eland. All one shot kills with a 250 at a mere 2440 fps.

Got home and used it on my largest bull elk to date; big bull at a lasered 320 yards. ONE shot in and out and in about 10 yds down he went. Finished off a few wounded elk with it too shot by other hunters. Never used more than one shot on anything since I got the gun.

I use 250gr partitions at 2500 fps and the 225 partitions at 2650. It does kill like a .338 Win until you get 200+ yds. Still sems to do pretty good out to 300 though.

VERY moderate recoil and muzzle blast for the impressive performance. An easy ctg to fireform and load for. Easy on barrels too.

The old time African hunters who killed more game than anyone other than our buffalo hunters liked the heavy for caliber rounds in a very moderate velocity. A few of their favorites as "mediums" were the .318 Westley Richards and the .333 Jeffery; basically the same performance one now gets from the .338-06. Except we have the amazing bullets we have now, which makes things even easier.

Probably not a huge difference between the .35 Wh and the .338-06 especially on game but I like the .338 better. Reminds me of Elmer Keith's old .333 then later .338 OKH. Always wished I had the Smith engrave ".338 OKH" on MY barrel instead of .338-06.

Great round,worth a try.

FN in MT
Old 07-16-2004, 02:43 PM   #5
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I am surprised more manufacturers aren't offering 338-06 rifles. Based on bullet selection (160 grs thru to 300 grs), and if your not looking for screaming velocities and recoil, it's got to be one of the most versatile calibers around - ideal for anything in North America and most plains game in Africa. As soon as Sauer get their custom facility up and running in the fall, I am going to order one of their barrels in this caliber for my 202.
Old 10-27-2004, 06:12 PM   #6
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You guys are killing me.
I had a custom Mauser with a 26" 338-06 barrel, and you have me missing it.
Old 10-27-2004, 06:14 PM   #7
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Long range?

Is this a longer range cartridge that would take the niche of a 300WM or a medium velocity in the 30-06 range?
Old 10-27-2004, 08:52 PM   #8
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I think it's closer to a 30-06.
Old 10-27-2004, 09:13 PM   #9
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So what would be the advantage of this over a 30-06 or 300wm or 338wm? Does it fall right between in terms of recoil, flat trajectory, ect?
Old 10-27-2004, 09:22 PM   #10
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I honestly don't know, but I think I've heard people who shoot it say that their .338 bullets have better ballistics at normal hunting ranges than the 30-06, and I'm sure it's more gentle than the magnum cartridges you mentioned.

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