Re: What is your favorite Rifle?
For big game hunting my custom 338-378 wby on a mk 5 action with a 28 " Hart barrel on it. I have built and shot about everything out there from wildcats to standard stuff over the past forty years. I found that the 338 caliber with the quality high BC bullets now available is the best long range killer. I have built and tested most all the big 338's out there and all the popular ones talked about on this forum. I have yet to find anything that beats the 338-378 wby on performance in a hunting weight rifle. I tried the 338-416 Rigby IMP and got maybe 50 fps more velocity but the trouble of reloading wasn't worth it to me. Nothing else out there can compete with the power of the 338-378 wby. If there was I would be shooting it. I have over 150 rifles. There is a noticeable difference with it shooting in the wind at long range and the effects of the bullet striking game. I just feel more confident with the extra horsepower and get all I can get. I like my 340 wby and 338-300 ultramag on standard magnum actions and are a good choice if you don't have a action that can handle the 378 case. But they are no match for the power of the big guns off the huge 378 case. The 338 Lapua improved comes close to it but why settle for close when you can have a 338-378 wby. My pet 338-378 can shoot a 300 grain smk up to 3100 fps and my accuracy load hits around 3060 fps. My accuracy loads with a 200 grain bullet go over 3600 fps, the 225 accubond at near 3500 fps and the 250 grain at over 3300 fps. I have never been able to match that with the smaller lapua and ultramag cases.
I have about everything out there and love shooting them all. They all have a purpose and are fun to shoot. But you asked what is my best and favorite pet and why. So there it is. I have shot numerous animals at incredible ranges with it and have killed everything I ever shot at with it. The last three elk I killed with it were trivial shots in the 650-914 yard range.
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