Long Range Hunting Online Magazine

Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Rifles, Reloading, Optics, Equipment > Rifles, Bullets, Barrels and Ballistics


Any 338-06 owners here?

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-07-2010, 09:54 AM
Bronze Member
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 48
Any 338-06 owners here?

I decided to give the 338-06 a try, my barrel should be here today, 24" 1-10 twist, will be on a savage action.

Anyone have some favorite elk loads for this cartrige?

What do you guys think the max range for elk would be?
Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2010, 02:06 PM
Platinum Member
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Sedalia, MO
Posts: 1,253
Re: Any 338-06 owners here?


I have an M700 that was just rebarreled to a 338-06. It's wearing a 24" Hart 1x10" barrel, and I already have a batch of Lapua '06 brass already necked up and ready to reload. No stock yet, so it's not operational at this point.

This is my second 338-06. The first was an '03 Springfield I built up many years ago. In that one, I found best accuracy with the 250 grain SGK with about 47.3 grains of IMR4064. The hunting load with the same bulit was was RL-19 at 61.2 grains, for about 2500 fps. With the 215 grain SGK, the accuracy load was RL-19, at 59.4 grains. The Hunting load was the same powder, bumped up to 65.8 grains. If that sounds familiar, it's right out of the Sierra manual; that was my rifle that was used to develop that data.

I'd be more inclined towards a Nosler 210 or 225 Partition for elk now, but that should be a good place to start with the loads. For anyhting at more extended ranges, I'd probably take a look at the new Berger 338s. Still, this isn't really what I'd call a long range cartridge. Great hunting cartridge, no doubt, but not one I'd want to be stretching across canyons or open plains unless I really had to.

Lapua USA
Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2010, 02:22 PM
Bronze Member
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 48
Re: Any 338-06 owners here?

Thanks Kevin, one of the deciding factors for me was availability of lapua brass, as far as range I was hoping the cartrige would be strong enough for 300-400 yard elk.

Do you have any advise for necking up the lapua 06 brass?
Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2010, 02:27 PM
Platinum Member
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Sedalia, MO
Posts: 1,253
Re: Any 338-06 owners here?


I used a Sinclair mandral die and one of their 338E mandrals, with the addition of just a touch of Imperial inside the necks. I'll run these through a 338-06 size die (bushing type, just touching the necks) and then load up as usual. Had no problem at all in the neck-ups, it's not that much of a stretch.

The range issue shouldn't be a problem. I wouldn't hink twice about a 300 yard shot, and 400 should be entirely doable. Never used it on elk, but it sure puts deer down like a hammer. I may get a chance to try it on moose in Finland later this year, and it should be about perfect for them.

Kevin Thomas
Lapua USA
Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2010, 10:38 PM
Platinum Member
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 2,615
Re: Any 338-06 owners here?

I have the 338-06 AI and the 338 Gibbs. I have best luck necking 35 whelen brass down and making a nice shoulder to headspace on. Aneal the necks and they will give you long case life. I have been shooting 200 grain ballistic tips and 210 grain swift scirrocos in them. No problem taking elk at 400 yards. They are very accurate hard hitting rifles. Next I am going to the 185 Barnes for the higher velocity while retaining a .432 bc which is better than the 200 grain nosler. I have no problem shooting the light barnes bullets at game. This is not a long range cartridge so I figure I may as well get the flattest trajectory possible that will kill effectively.
Predictions are difficult, especially when they involve the future
Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2012, 07:28 PM
Platinum Member
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 1,459
Re: Any 338-06 owners here?

LTLR, I've always followed your posts, 338-06, 338-06 ai, 338-06 a-square. Or just plain 35 whelen.

Black bear and hogs out to 200, deer and elk out to 400-500? What's easiest and best to reload and get accuracy? I'm a new re loader. I have 300 wm, 7 stw already and 7 wsm. Going to sell my 338 Lapua as I don't have anything or place to shoot it these days. I have a never used FN Commercial model 1950 action in 30-06 that I want for rough weather and hunting with. I think 1 of these 4 is the ticket.

Replacing the 338 Lapua with a custom Ruger No 1 in 300 Weatherby, between the stw and that, I probably won't need anything at my current level, 750 yds or less.


Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2013, 11:19 AM
Silver Member
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Alaska
Posts: 331
Re: Any 338-06 owners here?

My favorite 338-06 load

210 gr Nosler Part
iMR 4320 @ 52.0
fed 210m primer
WW brass

2650 FPS in my 338-06 WBY UL 24"

Heavy 250gr bullets tend to rob powder space, ok for short range work, but to get the most out of the 338-06 I suggest bullet weights 225gr and lighter.

Reloader 17 suppose to be excellent in the 338-06 with 225gr Hornady SP @ 63.0 to 63.5 MAX for 2700 FPS. that is excellent performance from the 338-06.

I keep my shots around 300 yards on moose with the 338-06.
Same distance as the 30-06.......for deer you might extend the distance 50 yards.
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads for: Any 338-06 owners here?
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
338 AX owners? gahlizard Reloading 3 11-14-2009 09:31 PM
6.5 WSM Owners buckturd Rifles, Bullets, Barrels and Ballistics 2 07-11-2008 04:43 PM
7mm rum owners bsb Reloading 4 08-21-2006 09:56 PM
Rem 700 LSS - 300 RUM owners Varmint Hunter General Discussion 1 05-26-2006 05:57 PM
6.5 WSM owners please help Agunner012 Rifles, Bullets, Barrels and Ballistics 2 11-19-2003 02:53 PM

Current Poll
In the last 12 months, what was your longest rifle kill on big game?
0 to 200 yards - 26.01%
1,546 Vote
201 to 400 yards - 32.16%
1,912 Vote
401 to 600 yards - 23.03%
1,369 Vote
601 to 800 yards - 10.03%
596 Votes
801 to 1,000 yards - 3.89%
231 Votes
Over 1,000 yards - 4.89%
291 Votes
Total Votes: 5,945
You may not vote on this poll.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:26 PM.

Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC