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Unread 06-14-2014, 10:37 PM
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300 or 338

the, 300 has a good range and power
recorded range about 2500yards
the, 338 has a great range and heavy power.
recorded range about 2800yards.

I need feedback on what's better
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    Unread 06-15-2014, 04:52 AM
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    Re: 300 or 338

    You will get varying opinions on this...

    I am one of the nay-sayers for the .338 caliber rifles (which seem to be rare these days thanks to the new.338 craze). I believe there is very little a .338 can do, that a heavy-for-caliber 7mm or .30 caliber can't do, when pushed hard enough.

    But there are those that are die-hard .338, and have their sound reasons, as well.

    I had a .338 WinMag, and I never could see what all the fuss was about...

    In Alabama, the only large game we have to hunt is whitetail deer...And my "puny" 7mm RemMag with Berger 168 VLD's will drop them out to 800 just fine. And if that's not enough, my 7mm STW and .300 Ackley will drop them ALOT further out.

    Being an avid medium-sized game hunter, I am biased. So my opinion is only truly valid from a deer hunter aspect.

    Buy what yoi want, but I personally think anything larger than a .30 cal for deer is pointless.

    But oncd again, that is opinion.
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    Unread 06-15-2014, 05:17 AM
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    Re: 300 or 338

    I think I'm saying the same thing as MudRunner2005 with my comment.

    Its not the caliber, its the use and user.
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    Unread 06-15-2014, 11:39 AM
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    Re: 300 or 338

    There is a reason you see a lot of 338s on used racks after hunting season. Sticking to hunting and shot placement, I say 300 and I'm a 7mm guy like mud.
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    Re: 300 or 338

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    the, 300 has a good range and power
    recorded range about 2500yards
    the, 338 has a great range and heavy power.
    recorded range about 2800yards.

    I need feedback on what's better
    I agee with the feedback so far, as well. I would go with the lighter of the two unless you want a specialty second (third...fourth) rifle for occasions where the additional power might be needed. I would use 338 on the big bear if I had the choice, but the 300 has such a huge range of bullets and choices and ranges and types, it's an awesome all around rifle. 7mm is great too, not quite as much variety but takes out anything in the lower 48.
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    Unread 06-15-2014, 03:29 PM
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    Re: 300 or 338

    the answer comes down to one word... DISTANCE
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    Unread 06-15-2014, 08:30 PM
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    Re: 300 or 338

    What will you be using it for. . I loathe and despise the 30 caliber and I've had close to 20 of them. I've killed several deer with 30 cals and dozens with the 338. If all you want to do is knock over a deer then the 30 s work fine but so does the 338. . However. The 300 gr 338 bullets really fly flat and bullets like the 300 gr bonded core and 285 TTSX 275 gr Swift A Frame and 265 TTSX will work great on heavy game.

    The way I look at it. But I'm looking at it from an Alaskan view point. I would go 338 automatically.
    I have a place where I hunt caribou that has plenty of grizzlies hangin around. Shots at bou could be 800 yards but could also need to dump a grizzly at 15' while packing the bou out.
    Wider is better on bear and in the 338 excellent long range bullets are available.
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