Originally Posted by Topshot
Hello, this is my first post on this very interesting web site, I hope you can help me out.
I have been bush hunting Sambar deer in Australia for a long time now with my .338WM Sako Hunter and have always enjoyed great success, Most shots at under 200 yards. But recently I have started hunting a new area where long shots are the norm. Sitting on a ridge top and looking for deer on the other mountain. Shots from 300 to over 1000 yards are on offer and the stags in this area are huge! ie Elk size.
My question is should I stick with my .338WM for this type of hunting or should I opt for a new rifle/calibre combination? If so what?
There is nothing wrong with the 338win mag but if you wanted to step it up a bit without
a lot of gunsmithing then the 338 RUM would be an easy rechamber with factory ammo and
no other work on your rifle.
If you want to change barrels stay with the 338 cal .
If you want a real horse that you can buy factory ammo (At twice the price ) look at the 338/378 Weatherby and some bolt face work.
There are a lot of wildcats in 338 that you can go to but you won't get any more velocity
than the 338/378 unless you go to the 338 AM.
I prefer the 338 RUM because it matches all except the 338/378 in a factory round with
a hunting length barrel (26")and has the proper head stamp on the brass.
Just my opinion
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