Wanted to know if anyone on this forum has owned or reloaded for a 338-06. I have a 30-06 Weatherby Vanguard with a bad barrel, i was thinking of rebarreling for 338-06 , or just going back with a new 26" barrel in the same 30-06 caliber. This would be a lite carry gun for elk. Any thoughts?
I had one. Did not have a good smith to build it so it drove me a little crazy trying to get trying to get it to shoot. I ended up having it reworked after that it was okay. I used 180 grain bullets the best I remember around 2800fps. If you decide to build one contact me I still have the dies. Dan
The 338-06 is about 100 FPS slower than the 338 Win. Mag. both are good general purpose hunting cartridges but, neither are great long range hunting cartridges. Since this site is devoted to Long Range Hunting you probable will not get much play here.
range it,check the wind, dial in correction, aim and only one shot
I've had one for 26 years and think it's a great elk and moose cartridge. My rifle is a pre-64 Win M70 that started as a .30-06. It was rebored and then stocked in French walnut. I load 210 gr. Nosler Partitions and IMR 4064 powder. Moose and elk here in Wyoming and Colorado have fallen to it and all with one shot. It's a very efficient cartridge, gets the job done without the recoil of a magnum.
I appreciate the replies. While I understand this is a long range hunting site I was curious what to do with my Weatherby Vanguard 30-06 that needs to be rebarreled. I have been looking at other caliber options as well. In the opinion of this forum, what would be a long range caliber that I could rebarrel this rifle to that would work on this action? The 30-06 ballistically seems effective to say 400-500 yards, correct me if I am wrong. I am looking for something farther with this rifle. Would the 6.5-06, 6.5-284 possibly be an option ?