Re: Is 338 win mag a long-range cartridge
My primary hunting close to home is moose, bear and deer. Each year I go to Florida, and will likely include hogs on my next trip. Also, I have a brother in Alberta and intend to go there for elk.
I loaded up my 250-gr. SGKs at 65, 66, 67, 68, 69 and 70 grains of IMR 4350. In my gun, the 65 grain load was best, with the moa opening up with each larger load. That doesn't bring me anywhere near 3,000 fps, but I can figure bullet drop better than erratic patterning.
In fairness, while I have been trying to extend my effective range, all my shots seem to be in dense bush under 100 yards. My hope is that the .338 will perform at all ranges with the bullet I choose for the species I named. Unfortunately, I am pretty sure that kk is what has to perform and it will be hard to blame the gun, the bullet or the powder.