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30-338 vs 300 Win Mag

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Old 08-12-2008, 04:08 PM
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30-338 vs 300 Win Mag

I need feedback on these 2 rounds.
I am going to have a rifle rebarreled to one or the other and need to get all the info I can on both rds.
Rifle will be used for deer and hogs up to 600 yds.

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Old 08-12-2008, 04:21 PM
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Re: 30-338 vs 300 Win Mag

300 Win Mag. Factory ammo readily availible if you don't reload, and the 300 Win Mag is more than enough cartridge for what you are looking for.
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Old 08-13-2008, 03:55 PM
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Re: 30-338 vs 300 Win Mag

I'm pretty much in the same boat as trueblue, although I'm looking at hunting different sheep (up to the larger animals) in a variety of places.

I have no doubt the 300WM will get out there (done it before on deer), but am more concerned about the difference in bullet drop out to 600 and the need for quick range-zero-fire...

All thoughts and comments greatly appreciated!
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Old 08-13-2008, 04:47 PM
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Re: 30-338 vs 300 Win Mag

the original 30-338 was designed to be 300 win mag capicity with longer neck for 1000 yard NRA shooters. So no MV advantage and fireforming involved which can be a pain at times.

Now if you are talking necking down the 338 Lapua, whole nuther story.

But for what you want either the standard 300 win mag or even the 300 WSM will more than suffice.

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Old 08-14-2008, 02:52 PM
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Re: 30-338 vs 300 Win Mag

I have two (almost) identical rifles; one is a 30-338, and the other is a 300 Win. THey both shoot the same for accuracy and trajectory. I (slightly) prefer the 30-338 because it fits a 3.400" action, whereas the 300 Win. needs a 3.600" action. Plus, I enjoy necking down W-W 338 casings in my Redding bushing die.

Oh, and both of my rifles are 12 twist (one a Krieger, the other a Bartlien)
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Old 08-15-2008, 09:09 PM
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Re: 30-338 vs 300 Win Mag

What about thinking about the 300rum or the 338Rum??
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Old 08-22-2008, 02:44 PM
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Re: 30-338 vs 300 Win Mag

Well, there is one more things to consider at this point: readily available ammo

God forbid, but if the airlines at the last minute decides it does not want you flying with ammo (it happens, trust me, on more than one occassion), then you're up a certain creek, with no paddle...

With the 300WM you can go to the local store and buy whatever they have, in one case, sitting next to the frozen foods... no kidding, in Hungary). With anything more exotic (even the .30-338) you're out of luck and probably a whole lot of $$$, sitting in a foreign land and no gun to shoot with.

But this is probably a minor issue for most. Have not looked at the 300rum or the 338Rum, but will definitely look into it.

Thanks all!
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