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300 yd max Deer/Bear rifle. (308 vs 338 fed)

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Unread 10-19-2011, 10:26 PM
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Re: 300 yd max Deer/Bear rifle. (308 vs 338 fed)

Originally Posted by AJ Peacock View Post
OK, I'll be receiving my 338AM in the next month and I'm already thinking of my NEXT rifle! I don't think this sickness is easily cured.

The 338 Federal has my curiosity up.

Even though I have a bunch of rifles that would easily work for a 300yd bear/deer cartridge. They are all barrel burners. So I was debating a short barreled .338 Federal, figuring it would take a bunch of rounds before requiring a new barrel. This would give me a centerfire rifle to practice with, that I wasn't concerned with wasting the barrel on (been there done that, got the T-shirt).

So, even though I am a Rem 700 bigot, they don't offer the .338 Fed. I'm either stuck with a custom, or a Sako/Tikka.

For a 300yd rifle, I'm sure the Tikka would be fine, (anyone out there had experience with it?). I have one in 7mm-08 that I really don't care for, but my kids shoot it well.

Or on the other hand, a .308 would do nearly the same thing and I could get it in a Rem 700 action.

Thoughts? I really like the idea of the larger caliber, but even though I own some non-Remmies, its hard for me to put hard earned $$'s down for one.

Maybe Remington will soon offer the 338 Federal? That would sure make this an easy decision.

OK, nuf ramblin. Thanks for any of you comments.

Out to that range I'd definitely go for the .338Fed or .338 Marlin.

The other option would be 30-06.

I know the 06 isn't new or cool but it is the most proven caliber of all time on medium and large game in N. America.
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Re: 300 yd max Deer/Bear rifle. (308 vs 338 fed)

338 Federal for me you only live once and who dosent or hasent owned a 308
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Unread 10-20-2011, 12:51 AM
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Re: 300 yd max Deer/Bear rifle. (308 vs 338 fed)

I have killed two elk with a 338 federal and both dropped in there tracks (150 yds) , a 338 is a 338 , more powder allows farther shots but a 338 allways trumps smaller calibers on impact with less meat damage. And very low recoil.

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