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In your opinion....is the .338 Winchester Mag an "over-rated" cartridge?? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
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Hmmmmm I had no idea it was even rated. When you get above 30 cal the number of shooters thins out pretty fast.
I bought a Rem 700 in 338 Win that someone "messed" with thus price was right. All I wanted was the action for a 338 super hooty something.
Anyway, started working with it. Ended up its a pretty good shooter. In fact very good. Coyote accurate beyond 600 yds.
Tho, I've shot no big game with it yet [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] Though I've been threatening the neighbor's lamas for some bullet tests.......
Bullet performance would seem to be outstanding. It shoots through everything I use as a backstop.
Sierra 2600s perform outstanding. Wildcat 252s are even better. Accuracy is at 2800fps MV. Kind of a bit of a rainbow shooter and it sounds like a missle going downrange but if you can hit what you're shootin at with those bullets the results are terminal.
To exceed its performance measurably and getting as much bang for the buck as seems reasonable, you'd have to skip over the 338 RUM and go to an Edge/Thunder or Tommahawk with at least 4 inch longer barrels. I know of a 338 Tommy w/a 32" bbl & 100 gr of Retumbo that comfortably gets the 250 SMK to 3120 or so.
To answer your question. If the 338 Win Mag is put in a rifle that is given as much attention to detail as most of the LR rifles on this board, I'd say its <font color="blue">under