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Old 02-23-2012, 11:59 AM
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Re: 0-500 yard accurate THUMPER

I'd pick. 338 Win over. 338-06/AI.
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:03 PM
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Re: 0-500 yard accurate THUMPER

From what I've read, the main benefit of ai. Is longer brass life by a large margin and better fit in the chamber, easier and less resizing and better burning if the powder. I think you actually get less powder volume but more efficient burning which yields more velocity.
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I still fail to see ( grasp might be a better word!) the advantage of a 338 06' AI vs. a 338 06. It seems the performance is virtually identical, and the non AI brass perhaps more durable, and easy to form.
I haven't owned a 338 -06 AI, just played with the numbers trying to determine what kind of performance I can squeeze out of a carry gun.

What I like about the 338-06 in general is that it gives excellent accuracy and power in a standard long action and you don't have to go belted to get it like you do with the 338 Winny. It gives about 85% of the performance of the win mag with much less recoil. That caliber is about the perfect North American carry gun IMO. You can shoot ligher 160-185gr class bullets and have a very flat shooting deer and pronghorn gun. With the 225 grainers you can have a great dangerous game or LR big game load.

The AI will add 75-100 fps of velocity to the standard version but still be much lower in recoil when compared to the 338 win mag. Maybe more importantly the AI's are great for giving better case life and barrel life. Admittedly barrel life in a 38 caliber gun like the 338-06 isn't going to be a big issue but I will take every advantage I can get.

If you already have 338-06 cases they are easily formed to AI by simply shooting them in your AI chamber.

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Old 02-23-2012, 12:15 PM
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I'd pick. 338 Win over. 338-06/AI.

Absolutely!!! I can see zero use for a 338-06, why screw around forming cases and getting things to feed and have less power than a round you can just punch a bullet in a go to work and have the power you want!!! I see no practical purpose for this round other than just for something to do.
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:22 PM
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I haven't owned a 338 -06 AI, just played with the numbers trying to determine what kind of performance I can squeeze out of a carry gun.

What I like about the 338-06 in general is that it gives excellent accuracy and power in a standard long action and you don't have to go belted to get it like you do with the 338 Winny. It gives about 85% of the performance of the win mag with much less recoil. That caliber is about the perfect North American carry gun IMO. You can shoot ligher 160-185gr class bullets and have a very flat shooting deer and pronghorn gun. With the 225 grainers you can have a great dangerous game or LR big game load.

The AI will add 75-100 fps of velocity to the standard version but still be much lower in recoil when compared to the 338 win mag. Maybe more importantly the AI's are great for giving better case life and barrel life. Admittedly barrel life in a 38 caliber gun like the 338-06 isn't going to be a big issue but I will take every advantage I can get.

If you already have 338-06 cases they are easily formed to AI by simply shooting them in your AI chamber.

Scot E.

So, perhaps 100 FPS, but can you not just form 06" brass into 338 06 via neck sizing? Also, commercial rifles are in the 338 06 Asquare which is non AI. . . . . . correct? Lol, I better stick with my 22.
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Absolutely!!! I can see zero use for a 338-06, why screw around forming cases and getting things to feed and have less power than a round you can just punch a bullet in a go to work and have the power you want!!! I see no practical purpose for this round other than just for something to do.
I have (had) all 3, sold AI to good friend. The 338-06 moves about as fast with the 225 gr. hornady as my 338 WM with a 250 gr. BUT, with a lot less recoil, and the few I've built are extremely accurate. Plan on building another 338-06AI this summer.
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:08 PM
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The 338-06 AI or the 338 Gibbs which has a little more powder capacity blowing the '06 case out a little more. They virtually equal the 338 winchester and are excellent cartridges for accuracy and will kill anything to 500 yards.
Don't let the short response fool you, he knows what he is talking about. He is one of the resident subject matter experts.
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