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300 Win Mag or 338 Win Mag

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Unread 09-15-2008, 03:12 AM
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Re: 300 Win Mag or 338 Win Mag

If you're serious about hunting game the size of elk at the ranges you mentioned, .338 Lapua or .338 Edge would be my pick.
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Unread 09-15-2008, 05:27 AM
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Re: 300 Win Mag or 338 Win Mag


JD and LongReach are spot on. Those RUM, Lapua and Edge class 338's are in their own league. Comparing them to a 338 WIN MAG, all shooting 300 Seirras, is like comparing a corvette to a chevette when pounding big critters at 1000+ yrds. My project was intended to bridge the gap between my 300 WM and 338 Lapua at moderate ranges primarily to shoot feral pigs here on post.

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Unread 01-03-2009, 05:58 AM
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Re: 300 Win Mag or 338 Win Mag

Originally Posted by ICANHITHIMMAN View Post
What would you chose if you were me and you wanted to hunt deer to elk sized game out as far as 1200 yds. I think the 338 balistics are superior but I dont know how much so in the Win Mag case?????

Hello again.. I see your looking for a gun too use for elk hunting. Have you looked at sniper central website?? The 300 win mag does make it out there too 1ooo yards, but power wise too knock a elk down , so they say, it needs at least 1300 lbs of energy too do it.. I still like the idea of a lethal kill in the kill zone obviously . So im pretty sure the gun would do it..
I do have a ruger m77 with magna port barrell, 300 win mag, topped with a nikon 4 to 12 scope with the mil dots. One heed of warning, they all kick, once you get to the 300 and 338 calibers.. Ouch at the range, but you wont know at an elk or a animal of any sort, you know how the adrenaline kicks in.
I have shot mine with factory ammo out too 600 yards, and it shoots great and decent killing size groups, i just bought a reloading set, so im sure im gonna play a lot of games now just for bragging rights.. I also shoot 600 yards with my target 308, factory bullets, but i did shoot 4 bullets handloaded from my brothers reloader, thats why i bought one now.. hint hint,, so much more power, less lines used up in your scope.. Anyways, just thought i'd chat, your in honeoye falls, im in caledonia, my sister is here with her 3 children and i cant sleep. hahahaha... might as well start loadin shells huh.
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Unread 01-03-2009, 04:10 PM
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Re: 300 Win Mag or 338 Win Mag

The 338 sure has alot of power & ballistics for medium to what most people call long range. But I think the 338 case needs more powder cap. to shoot to long range. To me it is easy & the 300WM outruns it, but when you go to a bigger 338 case, the tide suddenly turns. So for me, I would go with the 300WM comparing these 2, but if you want a real stud, go to the 338RUM or Edge.
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Unread 01-03-2009, 11:27 PM
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Re: 300 Win Mag or 338 Win Mag

I have both, in indentical Ruger M77 MkII's. Then I can figure out which is best. Trying to work up loads for the .338 Win Mag now.
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Unread 01-11-2009, 01:52 AM
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Re: 300 Win Mag or 338 Win Mag

I have a .338WM and it shoots the 300 SMK real well. Velocity spread is about 8 fps for and average of 2433 fps. The load is with 69grn of ADI 2213SC. This load is mild to shoot from my 9.5 lb Sako with brake.

If you have all the other equipment required for long range shooting then the .338WM with 300 SMK will deliver quite a thump at 1000yds on any animal.
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