Re: Federal legitimizes the .338-08.............
I got rid of my .338 win mag because the case wasn't big enough. Actually in testing the 338 had very low penetrating power. I was on a buffalo hunt and several people had to repeatedly shoot the animals to put them down. Shot placement was part of it. The 225 and 250 gr slugs just aren't fast enough compared to their diameter. The 1500 pound animals would just shudder on impact and run off.
At the local range the 338 win mag max loaded could not penetrate 1/2 of mild steel targets @ 200 yards. All you get is big impact craters. But the same targets are easily punched clear through by .277, 284, & .308 out of magnums
So the velocity to diameter ratio has a big effect on penitration. The 338-08 would really suck.
.270 Ackley improved 29 inch 1.250 dia. target barrel 7mm STW 28 inch 1.250 target barrel. I also love my .458 mag for varmints and the biggest game in the world.