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7mm-08 vs. .338 Federal

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Unread 03-19-2010, 05:46 AM
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Re: 7mm-08 vs. .338 Federal

if you are looking for a truly versatile rifle for africa i dont think you can go wrong with a .375H&H Mag.
i have taken game from duiker to cape buffalo with one and never found it wanting .
you can load bullets from 200gns all the way up to 380gns .the long cartridge feeds like a dream
if your ammo doesnt show up at your destination you can be assured your PH will always be able to lay his hands on some .375H&H i think he would struggle to find you some .338 Fed.
i use a win mod 70 CRF bedded into a mcmillain stock had the barrel cut a 22" put a swarovski 3-9x36 in a set of talley qd rings so i can still use the irons. it weighs in at 81/2lbs scoped and balances properly which i think is very important for a african rifle as most shots are taken off and or off sticks
regarding meat / hide damage on smaller game i find it is a lot less than many lighter calibres. i have used it on red dear and driven boar in europe with satisfying results.
just my 2cents
hope its helpfull
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Unread 03-19-2010, 11:23 AM
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Re: 7mm-08 vs. .338 Federal

The 338 Fed sounds like a good choice for a short action light weight rifle. The larger bullets will do the job on the heavier critters and the Barnes 160 gr TTSX would shoot just as flat as your 7mm-08.
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Unread 03-19-2010, 12:39 PM
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Re: 7mm-08 vs. .338 Federal

How bout the .325 WSM?
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Unread 03-19-2010, 02:43 PM
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Re: 7mm-08 vs. .338 Federal

Originally Posted by ovastafford View Post
How bout the .325 WSM?
+1 I just read this post from beginning to end and was immediately thinking the same thing. .325WSM is simmilar to a 300 in trajectory, but also simmilar to a .338 in energy delivered. Not to mention its on a short action like you want.
Balisticly superior to anything mentioned yet in a short action.
.325WSM .325WSM .325WSM .325WSM Hands down
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Unread 04-16-2010, 02:32 AM
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Re: 7mm-08 vs. .338 Federal

Dear all,

many thanks again for all your input.
Concerning the .325 WSM: two potential drawbacks as far as I can see:
- standard short actions are mostly too slim, are they not?
- short barrels (22'') are probably not the best thing to go for?

thanks for your thoughts.

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Unread 04-17-2010, 08:59 PM
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Re: 7mm-08 vs. .338 Federal

Short action really limits your choices when you are talking African Game. 325 WM would be my best choice with something like a 220 grain AFrame.
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Unread 04-18-2010, 01:42 AM
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Re: 7mm-08 vs. .338 Federal

if its going to be a custum rifle why not a 338 wsm?
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