Re: 7mm-08 vs. .338 Federal
This year my 7-08 took down a ten point 320 pound red stag, a 200 pound European wild boar and a 242 pound wild boar, plus a few other smaller red deers and roe deers. On boar I use Hornady GMX loaded with 45grs Norma URP and it is extremely deadly and gives a fantastic penetration. Fore red deer I have used 139grs SST and 139grs Interbond but I might just go fully over to GMX when I have used up the SST and Interbond bullets.
Mine is a model 7 with 20" barrel with a Docter Unipoint 2,5-10X50 mounted on it. I love it because it's just under 1 meter in lenght so it's extremely nice in blinds and tight areas. It's very very light to carry and the recoil is almost non existing, it is my favorite gun due to its light, accurate, short as a carbine, manageable recoil and it is extremely efficient on game. The 10 point fell 1 yard from where I hit, the Largest boar ran 15 yards from where I hit it and the heart was fluid and was pouring out of the animal. What a great round.
This is exactly why I am also interested in what else the 308 is good for, the 338 federal sounds like a winner, or maybe the 358 winchester. A short light gun not kicking much sending a thump. For me most of my hunting is at pretty short range, less than a 100 yards. I do hunt reindeer where the range is longer but reindeer is a match in heaven for the 7-08 loaded with 139grs SST and it's safe to say it shoots more than flat enough for this hunt. I have used my 338 winmag for hunting large animals however it's a lot of gun to carry and it's best for hunting from a blind not to far to walk really. This caliber flattens what it hits, it's very good for large animals, what I don't like is the length of the system, the weight of it and the recoil of it. Max loaded 250grs bullets is felt and it's easy to develop a flinch unless you train a lot and get used to it. I don't care what anyone say heavier recoil makes you shoot worse unless you work very hard at it, and it's not fun shooting 100 rounds on the range at the time with it. I am used to it, but I prefer less recoil. The way I see it is the 338 Federal is very good use of the 308 cartridge, but maybe 35 whelen is a better match for the 358 cal. Not sure really. I know the 358 Norma Magnum use the same basic design as the 338 winmag however it is more powerful. It actually matches the 375 H&H in some loads, why I have no idea but maybe it's more optimum bullet for the case? It seems to me that 338 Federal is perhaps more optimum than even the 308 itself, just as the 35 whelen is more powerful than the 30-06 even though the case is the same. Could be a better match with bullet to case.