.338 WM or 338-06AI delimma!
I want a .338 caliber rifle to round out my guns and take care of pretty much anything, except a maybe grizz, when and if I ever make it to Alaska or Canada. I have a Win Mod 70 FW .270 (a tack driver), Interarms Mk X .308 (tack driver with mannlichter stock), and a Win Mod 70 FW 30-06.
I am 99.9% sure that I am going to buy a Savage 116 FHSS Weather Warrior. I really don't want to buy a .338 Win Mag due to recoil and I am not sure I would use it to its fullest capabilities where I hunt 95% of the time (in Alabama).
Is this a good or bad idea: I want to buy the Savage 116 FHSS in 30-06 and have it rebarreled to the .338-06AI. That way I get to keep my Win Mod 70 30-06, which I really want to do, and also have the .338 cal option with the Savage and be able to use my extra 30-06 brass in the .338-06 AI. I also don't want to deal with belted mag cases of the .338 WM.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Opinions? Yes, I am looking for someone to convince me I am making the right choice by starting with another 30-06 for my .338 caliber.
Last edited by Scott S; 07-13-2008 at 05:55 PM.