Originally Posted by canada_kid
hi i am looking to buy a gun, most likely a weatherby mark V for long range elk hunting. i have read good things about the 378 weatherby cartridges, but i am open to other suggestions in the same class as those calibers.
look forward to your replies, thanks
The 338/378 is the most powerful factory 338 available and is very good with the 300gr SMKs
Brass and loaded ammo is expensive but no more than a lot of the wildcats.
The 338 lapua has a good reputation for accuracy but so does the 338 RUM which is its ballistic
equal and brass is easy to find.
The only way to get more velocity than the 338/378 Weatherby is to go with one of the bigger
wildcats like the 338 AM.
The 338/378 has 2000ft/lbs of energy at 1000 yards and 1000 ft/lbs at one land mile with
reasonable loads (2800 to 2900 ft/sec with the 300gr SMK.
That should take care of any Elk.
A 200gr bullet will exceed 3500ft/sec for about the same energy at 1500 yrds.
I like the 250gr accubond for Elk because it is good to 1200 yrds for Elk with 1500ft/lbs of
Some say that the big 338/378 tend to be a little finicky when loading for it compaired to the
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