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338 250gr scenar performance?

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Unread 03-04-2006, 04:16 PM
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338 250gr scenar performance?

I was wondering if anyone can shed some light onto how the scenar performs under hunting conditions? With the new 338 federal cartridge coming out, a nice long action with a long throated barrel might be in my near future. Even if you can only launch this beast of a bullet at 2400 fps, the high BC seems like it would still make it pretty useful. Whats everyone thoughts?
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Unread 03-04-2006, 08:54 PM
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Re: 338 250gr scenar performance?

M, doesn't seem like a good combo to me. just not enough case capacity to do anything a 308 can't do. 338 cartridges,at least till now, pretty much started with the 338 win mag.there's a reason for this.
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Unread 03-04-2006, 09:39 PM
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Re: 338 250gr scenar performance?

If you are gonna go 338 I would suggest the 338 win mag or up. You need horsepower to push those heavy bullets, that equals case capacity. If you are interested in long range (I assume you are since you asked about the Scenars because of their high BC) you need to go faster than 2400fps. If you are just looking for a lighter weight or less recoil, I agree with Dave Wilson's comments, maybe something in .30 cal would be better.

Now for your actual question on the Scenars. I have used them in my 338RUM, 338-378, and 338 Kahn. They shoot very good. I also achieve the same accuracy with Sierra Match Kings in the same weight, which are a 1/4th the cost. I have not used the Scenar for game but have used the SMKs on several deer at ranges from less than 200yds to 700yds. They have performed well in all cases, although there are some on this site who do not like them for hunting, others do, and I am certainly not trying to rekindle that argument here [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Unread 03-05-2006, 08:41 PM
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Re: 338 250gr scenar performance?

Hang in there, I will be testing them on elk bone and cow bone very soon! I'll post the pics. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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