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Old 09-16-2008, 07:19 PM
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Re: New to the site, have some questions on what to pick

Thanks for all the help. I think I will definently get the 338wm. I know there may be bigger, faster calibers, but the 338 will do anything I need it to and then some. My father in-law uses a 243 for deer. He said he can't see why I would want something that big. Then we talked about the 170 class buck he could not get a shot at because it stood behind a small tree. I jokenly said, now I could just knock the tree over and pin the deer down. But anyway, I called around and found a 338wm in a savage weather warrior series. Question, is this a good gun to get, I can order a rem, ruger, brown, tika if I want. The one guy said he could have any of them in about a week.

What gun make would you choose if you were somewhat budget conscious but wanted a good quality gun?

Also, I chose these two calibers because of - long proven history, wide range of factory ammo available anywhere, cheaper ammo, and there is nothing out there that is "that much better" that I want.

Thanks again for the help and advice.

Tom
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Old 09-16-2008, 07:38 PM
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Re: New to the site, have some questions on what to pick

Savage are great guns and well worth the money. I had a Savage 110 LE that would shoot one hole groups at 200 yards with Federal GMM.

Im a REMINGTON man though
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Old 09-16-2008, 08:21 PM
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Re: New to the site, have some questions on what to pick

I have a Savage 300WSM that will shoot from .3" to .5" groups all day long. The accutrigger is good once you spend a little time with it.

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Old 09-16-2008, 08:36 PM
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Re: New to the site, have some questions on what to pick

My appologies to you fine gentleman who had already posted on this and brought up good valid points. I was in a hurry and just read the topic and started typing. I agree the Savage is a good shooter. I had about 20 of those weather warriors go through my shop one year and they were all good shooters. Inside of 500 yards I think you will be in great shape.

A little while back I put in a post about an Alaska hunt when my gun got torn up and I borrowed a 338 winchester but he had no bullets. Way out in the middle of nowhere in Alaska the store had 338 winchester ammo and a few other standard ones. That makes a lot of difference.
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Old 09-16-2008, 08:47 PM
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Re: New to the site, have some questions on what to pick

I would go with the 300 WM, but thats just me. It hits harder (on paper) at long range, shoots flatter, drifts less, retains more velocity (all these aint on paper either). All the right choices for a LR cartrdige if you ask me...

The 338 WM just isn't a long range rifle.

Let me rephrase it, out to 600 yards you wont notice much difference. Past 600 yards, gimme the 300 WM every time.

I hastily dissagree with the poster who says the 300 WM is not a 500 yard elk rifle. You obviously havent' seen that many elk shoulder shot with 180-200g bullets to know that they put elk down right now. I've seen a chit pile of elk killed from 500-800 yards with 300 WM's and good 180-200g bullets when properly placed, which is the shoulder if you want elk to drop on the spot.

Theres nothing the 300 win mag cant do that the 338 does. Except for maybe if you load the 338 w/250g bullet, it will shoot from ahole to brisket. However, its not my opinion anyone should be taking as shots or any other raking shot on elk as its not a killing shot in the first place. A 30 cal 200g bullet will provide all the penetration you need from any reasonable angle to put an elk on his as quicker then chit.
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:08 PM
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Re: New to the site, have some questions on what to pick

I shoot with guys who hunt elk with 300 WM in Savage rifles and have killed them out to 1000 yards. With that said, the 300 WM will give you better BC with the heavier bullets. Budger wise, you can't go wrong with the Savage.

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Old 09-16-2008, 09:21 PM
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Re: New to the site, have some questions on what to pick

How do you figure the 338 gives you higher BC bullets??

The only one commercially available is the 300g SMK and the 338 WM doesn't have the capacity to push that fast enough to make it usefull.

I could make a page list of higher BC bullets for 308 cal in comparable hunting weight or target weight bullets, but I'll save myself the time...
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