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Anybody regret NOT going 338?

 
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:54 AM
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Re: Anybody regret NOT going 338?

If you look at the video of Shawn's dad taking that elk @ 1314 yds, you will notice that recoil is not a factor. Why? Because there's a brake on the barrel. Now I used to be a no brake kinda guy, but over time, since getting into LR, I've changed my view on that. Probably 90% or more of serious LR shooters use a brake for several good reasons.

That said, my Sendero 300 RUM, which I recently sold with a new build on the way, had no brake and I was fine with it. When at the range and firing strings, I used a slip on recoil pad which made the recoil quite tolerable and in the field one or two shots isn't going to affect me, especially with adrenaline flowing. But, as I said, I've changed my view on brakes and my new RUM will have a brake and so will every other LR rifle I own with a kick more than a 25-06. For enjoyability of shooting and barrel stability and being able to get on target to spot hits and misses.

And BTW, when I shot more than 20 rounds through my 7 RM, my shoulder was definitely feeling it and flinching started to set in. The recoil pad wasn't the greatest, but a 7 mag definitely was a good kick to it.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:53 PM
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Re: Anybody regret NOT going 338?

I can not agree more about the use of brakes. 20 rds through a 7mm Rem is still flinch city no matter what! But I still believe the 7mm is just about the best all around long range caliber for the masses. Once that is said I personally use a Jim Brockman built (lever fame) 338-378 Weatherby that just out performs the 7mm all around. My 2 favorits are a 7mm Rem and the Weatherby. Both have taken elk at long ranges. 7mm 934 yds and the 338-378 Weatherby took a cow elk @ 1283. Both measured with 2 diffrent rangefinders. Both have Brakes and I can say the 7mm is MUCH more pleasurabe to shoot for practice and the 338-378 is much less pleasurable to recieve a 300gr accubond from. For the best out of all worlds I would give thee 338 up for the 7mm anyday. Thank God I don't have to give one up!
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:02 PM
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I can not agree more about the use of brakes. 20 rds through a 7mm Rem is still flinch city no matter what! But I still believe the 7mm is just about the best all around long range caliber for the masses. Once that is said I personally use a Jim Brockman built (lever fame) 338-378 Weatherby that just out performs the 7mm all around. My 2 favorits are a 7mm Rem and the Weatherby. Both have taken elk at long ranges. 7mm 934 yds and the 338-378 Weatherby took a cow elk @ 1283. Both measured with 2 diffrent rangefinders. Both have Brakes and I can say the 7mm is MUCH more pleasurabe to shoot for practice and the 338-378 is much less pleasurable to recieve a 300gr accubond from. For the best out of all worlds I would give thee 338 up for the 7mm anyday. Thank God I don't have to give one up!
I can't speak for the 338-378, but I have shot a couple of 338 Lapua's (a couple of LRH member's rifles) that were braked and they were very pleasurable to shoot. Also shot another member's 375 AM with a massive Allen Pain Killer brake on it and it was like shooting a 243 or less. Maybe you should get a larger brake for the 338-378?

That said, if I had to choose between a big 338 and a 7 mag for LR elk hunting out to 1K or more, I would pick the 338. Take elk out of the picture and that changes the whole story for me. For an off the shelf 7, I would probably pick the Dakota or the LRM. I am actually thinking of also doing a 7/300 Norma Mag Imp or Lapua Imp sometime in the future.

The 7's are fine but I prefer bigger holes in bull elk.
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Re: Anybody regret NOT going 338?

Man this place is realy looking like a ATV forum where kids go to logon on to have ******* matches to prove how great thier oil burning heap is with" better than yours" brand Mud tires!
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Re: Anybody regret NOT going 338?

I started my elk career with 243, then to the 7RM, and I felt like I was pushing it to the limits.Then about 25 elk ago I went to the 340 WBY.I put 350 rnds down that thing first spring.Heres a pict on my first 6x6 at -10, WBY tatto.Now my 18 yr. old boy pounds game with the 340 and tries to sneek one of my 338 Normas from me too.I just love the 388,take a win also.I shot the 340 10 years no brake , but am a big brake fan,I run with hoop earplugs as a norm,same as at work.My light Norma is a cup cake if you shot a unbraked mag as much as I did.
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:32 AM
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Re: Anybody regret NOT going 338?

Nice elk. Did that scope catch you above the eye? It looks like it got you pretty good ...
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:02 AM
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Nice elk. Did that scope catch you above the eye? It looks like it got you pretty good ...
Thats commonly refered to as the Weatherby tatto . Steep up hill shot at 500+ before the day of RF.
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