Originally Posted by Topshot
A standard .338WM will do an Elk at 600yds. The .338 RUM much further.
I shoot a .338WM at the moment and am having built a .338 Edge for early next year. The .338WM is my walk about rifle for nornal type hunting and the .338 Edge will be used only for sit and ambush situations, where long shots are on offer at extreem ranges accross canyons etc.
I think if you want a light walk about rifle, stick with the .338 WM. However if you want an ambush type rifle then go for the big guns. Which one of the big cartridges depends on your budget and need for speed.
This long range shooting adds a whole new dimention to hunting.
The 338 Win Mag does great in a lighter rifle with a muzzel break out to about
700 or 800yrds.
The 338 RUM will extend the range to 1100 yrds using 1500 ft/lbs as the limiting
energy @ the point of impact.
The 338 Lapua is a blistic twin to the 338 RUM, But components are more expensive
and the Lapua requires the larger bolt face like the 338/378 and not recomended
for the remingtion size bolt.
The 338/378 will add 100yrds to 200 yrds to the RUM and the Lapuas range but brass
is expensive and a larger action is also required.
The price of the 338 win mag and the 338 RUM is about the same in a custom rifle,
the Lapua and the Weatherby will cost more to biuld and feed.
I hope this helps in making your decision.
J E CUSTOM