Re: 0-500 yard accurate THUMPER
I appreicate this discussion and feedback guys. Here's a little more about what I'm doing.
First off, I have a 7mm STW and a 338 Lapua with a 27" barrell, they are both tackdrivers, so another 338 wm or edge or Lapua is not on my list right now. If I did that I'd definitely build a 338 Lapua ai. A friend of mine and he's an accomplished 1000 yard benchrest shooter, gunsmith and 365 days a year hunter. The guy kills a lot. His Lapua ai is more powerful than mine and the ai part gets him in the upwards of 25-30 reloads. But ai typically burns powder more efficiently and adds to case life. Enough about Lapua ai.
I bought an FN Belgium made Model 1950 30-06 Commercial Mauser action, new/unused specifically as a dangerous game action. It's an awesome action. So I am thinking poor man's magnum and considering 35 Whelen and wai which is based off the 30-06 cartridge, but a friend and DG builder has been trying to get me to go 338-06 which is based off the 06 case too. And from my research the 338-06 is an awesome medium-Intermediate range thumper. The vast array of 338 bullets with higher bc's and higher sectional density make it better for ranges past about 250 yards then the 35 Whelen or 35 wai.
Additionally I could use this as a whitetail gun out in the 300-700 yard range I'd guess. So Black bear, big hogs, brown bear under say 75 yards and deer and elk going out in the 500 range, it's a good catridge I'm coming to believe. Close in dangerous game too. So I'm looking for a versatile dangerous game caliber with reach too. Also, I'm going to have iron sights for thick hunting. Am I on the right track?
Last edited by etisll40; 02-23-2012 at 03:17 PM.