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7mm-08 vs. .338 Federal

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Unread 03-17-2010, 01:48 PM
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7mm-08 vs. .338 Federal

Hi Guys,

I know, you will not regard said calibers as being truly "long-range", but I'd still like to get your opinion.

I do own a 7mm-08 and used it for everything up to 125 kg (red deer) to my complete satisfaction. For a new rifle I am considering a caliber with a bit more punch that will enable me to go after all African plains game.

Please let me know what you think. (I do not want to chose .308, because the caliber is forbidden in France as is the .3006, 8x57).

Many thanks for your advice!

cheers
Michael

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    Re: 7mm-08 vs. .338 Federal

    The .338 Federal is a great cartridge. Wide range of bullets to use, plenty of power, and recoil isn't bad. I say go for it, and enjoy !
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    Re: 7mm-08 vs. .338 Federal

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    Originally Posted by McStern View Post
    Hi Guys,

    I know, you will not regard said calibers as being truly "long-range", but I'd still like to get your opinion.

    I do own a 7mm-08 and used it for everything up to 125 kg (red deer) to my complete suggestion. for a new rifle I am considering a caliber with a bit more punch that will enable me to go after all African plains game.

    Please let me know what you think. (I do not want to chose .308, because the caliber is forbidden in France as is the .3006, 8x57).

    Many thanks for your advice!

    cheers
    Michael
    If you're buying a new rifle than I'd consider any one of the 300 magnums as a good step up and a good choice for African plains game. The 338 Fed isn't going to do anything your 7-08 isn't already capable of doing.

    Just my 2 cents
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    Re: 7mm-08 vs. .338 Federal

    I would agree. I'm not sure you will gain much with a .338 Federal since it is based on the same cartridge as the 7mm-08.

    I'd include a 7mm Magnum or a 300 magnum as a good choice for Africa. Note that if you're going for the "larger" plains game I'd lean towards the 300.
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    Re: 7mm-08 vs. .338 Federal

    I'm not following your guys reasoning that a 7mm-08 does everything a 338 Federal will do. I'm not looking for an argument but the way I look at it there is a big difference between what a 175 grain bullet can bring down and what a 300 grain bullet can bring down. There may be an argument to be made in favor of a magnum with regards to effective range but a 338 is a lot more bullet than a 284.
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    Re: 7mm-08 vs. .338 Federal

    It's alwasy going to be an "apples vs oranges" comparison. However, since the case of the 7mm-08 and the 338 Federal are the same, by definition you can't fit any more powder in one case than you can in another. A gallon jug is still a gallon jug no matter how big the opening.

    However, bring in a bigger jug and you've got a better chance. If the original poster is going to be purchasing a different rifle anyway, why not get something worth taking on the trip?

    Take a peek below at the velocity and energy charts. 300 Win Mag wins over the 338 Federal and 7mm-08 in both categories. I used the same type of bullet for each rifle; it's impossible to use the same grain/BC.

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    Energy Comparison:

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    Re: 7mm-08 vs. .338 Federal

    Many thanks to you all.

    Maybe, I should re-iterate my question: I do already own a 7mm Wby. mag. so I do not want to go that way. I am looking for a nice little short cartridge (short barrel, short system) with not too much recoil but enough power for the bigger animals.

    The reason I am considering the .338 is that I thought it might be more appropriate for the larger European game, i.e. moose or wild boar AND big antelope at shorter distances.

    Realistically, I'll not reach out beyond 200 m. A European moose will probably not be heavier than 400 kg. Although the Swedes are using 6.5x55 on moose, I'd prefer a bit more power than the 7-08.

    On the other hand, it should still be possible to hunt roe deer, which max at app. 30 kg, without destroying the animal/meet.

    In short: I am looking for a comfortable, practical 1-rifle-battery-rifle

    thanks again for your advice!
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