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338-300 WSM for a light elk rifle?

 
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:11 PM
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338-300 WSM for a light elk rifle?

So yesterday as I was lugging my 13ish pound rifle up to look at some elk with some of the shorter range guys and it dawned on me "this is stupid" and "what the heck am I doing". So last night I did some searching and it looks like a 338 WSM with a 200gr ish bullet would be a very capable timber/carry rifle. What do you guys think a guy could get out of a 338 WSM, I want to stay with a short action Savage, barrel length and contour not sure about, stock I was thinking the new LR stock from Stocky's Stocks. Ideally I would top it of with a Nightforce 2.5-10 but that ain't happening so that's up in the air. Any input would be good!
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:31 PM
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Re: 338-300 WSM for a light elk rifle?

Sounds like a good idea. The 225g Accubond should come out of there very nicely.

24"-ish magnum barrel would make it carry friendly without sacrificing much velocity.

I have a long action detachable mag Savage that would be just the ticket for this round.
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Re: 338-300 WSM for a light elk rifle?

I had a similar train of thought this year while lugging my 300 lapua around, only I opted for an ultralight 300WSM with a 22" ABS barrel. I'm considering a 210 berger or similar for the higher bc to still take those longer shots. I "need" a more deer friendly rifle anyway... Good luck with whatever you decide. -- Don
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:25 PM
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Re: 338-300 WSM for a light elk rifle?

Why wouldn't you just go with a 300 WSM shooting 200 granish bullets
unless your just wanting to try something new, shooting the 210 berger
or a max would be very similar ballistics,not to mention there might be more
case prep. Not trying to be rude just curious what advantage the
338/300 WSM has over the 300 WSM.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:54 PM
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Re: 338-300 WSM for a light elk rifle?

I understand your feelings on carrying a heavy rifle for elk.

Another cartridge that would work is the 338 RCM.

I just put together one this year. Stuck a 22" #2 lilja SS on an old tang safety M77 SA. Lengthened the mag box to 3.1". 225 accubond with 61 grs of RL-17 2750 fps. Have a CDS turret on a 2-7 VX-2. It shoots well to 500 m, the longest we can shoot at our range. I am very happy with this 7 1/4 lb package. Will be carrying it on my cow elk hunt in NM in just a few weeks.



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Old 10-26-2010, 12:18 AM
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Re: 338-300 WSM for a light elk rifle?

AZShooter, that's kinda along the lines of what I was thinking!!! I dig the 300 WSM but I got a 270 WSM set up so I would like to do something more different and nothing says crushing timber like a 338!! I like the idea of dropping a 225gr Accubomb on an elk, the 140's out of the 270 WSM mows them down!!!!
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Re: 338-300 WSM for a light elk rifle?

Forgot to mention that the 338 RCM fits and feeds with no alterations to the action.

I had Pacific Tool and Gauge make the reamer which is the exact reamer Hornady uses. I had some issues resizing the brass with a redding die and ended up using the Hornady FL set.

I got my hands on a bunch of 180 nosler ballistic tips that were on sale at the pro shop. Easily found an accurate load that is under max. 2925 and very accurate. Not sure what I'll do with those bullets as the 225 accubond will be used for elk.
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