Originally Posted by COBrad
Like I said, my experience with 338's is based on 250 gr. bullets at a few hundred yards. I would need to see what you have seen to become convinced.
With the experience you are describing, I would expect you to be an expert tracker, and find most of the reasonably hit animals you shoot.
Maybe one day I'll have the chance to see for myself. My next LR rifle is going to be a 338 something, but that won't be for a least another year. I haven't reached the limit of the 7 mag I'm currently shooting, yet.
I understand your skepticism and even started a thread here when I first used this combo as damage was much worse than I figured. Three barrels later I realize what Elmer Keith meant.
The smk usually sheds 50% and doesnt stop so you have deep penetration + 150 grs of detonation. Its nasty.
Gut hit animals usually have 10" holes in them as the lack of bone causes them to spllit open like a prairie dog.
Speaking of prairie dogs I have seen quite a few deer hit in the chest facing you and the bullet blows out both sides of them just back of the ribcage with the bullet exiting out the rear or piling up under the shin if it hits big bone in the back. The shock alone splits the hide and blows guts out the skin ruptures. This is on smaller deer but still impressive.
I dont like saying what I say because I beleive in shot placement. I have almost never had to rely on horsepower but when I did the 338 300 smk is just a different level. Makes a big 300 look like a varmint gun. 300 grains is a bunnnnnnch of weight. It sheds more weight than most people start out shooting and still has 150 grs to continue on.
Shot placement on a prairie dog doesnt matter. A 300 smk on a 150lb deer is getting mighty close.