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Old 03-04-2013, 03:25 AM
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Re: 338win mag brown bear

Ya, the 350 gr TTSX at 2550-2600 fps is pretty amazing the TTSX BT is really the only bullet a guy would need for most of the worlds hunting.

It just really chaps me Ruger didn't make it in a magnum length action, 10" twist and 416 Remington. But that's beside the point. The 300 gr TSX in. 416 is one bear slaughtering bullet. At 2800-2900 fps it dumps them like popping a balloon.
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:36 PM
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Re: 338win mag brown bear

Another reason to step up to the 375 H&H or Ruger is to get a shorter barrel. With a 338 you won't get very good performance from a short barrel. When hunting brownie's you are often walking through the alders and less barrel is better. 99% of the shots on brownie's are under 100 yds, you don't want to have to reach out for one. I am going on my 2nd brownie hunt this fall and chose to change rifles for this hunt. I got a Sako in 375 H&H with a 20" barrel. Getting 2600 fps with a 300 g Swift A Frame.

My old bear rifle had a Leupold 2.5x8 on it. I am looking at getting a Leupold VX R 2x7 for this one. You might check them out. Have heard nothing but good about these scopes, not a bad price for a lighted reticle and I have never had a Leupold fail me. Like said previously, put the red dot on it and go bang! With dim light on a dark bear, crosshairs can be hard to see.
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:33 PM
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Re: 338win mag brown bear

338 will work great and you don't need a brake unless it is a light weight rifle.
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:49 AM
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Re: 338win mag brown bear

I haven't had a chance to hunt bear with my 9.364 Brenneke yet. But I expect it to duplicate the results of the 375 s. The 375s don't need a brake. Yes they are nice. But the 375 isn't really bothersome in the recoil dept.

Course the o.p. was talking about a 338 .and the 338 is a great way to go also. . . Both the 375 and 338 are very useful for a lot more than bear also. I've killed over 20 Sitka black tail deer with each. I think more than 30 with each possibly more.. they just make a 1-2" hole thru them. With very little blood shock.
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:25 AM
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Re: 338win mag brown bear

You don't need a muzzle break. Recoil is much more fun than magnum muzzle blast in your face and ears, any day. Your guide will thank you too.
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:42 PM
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Re: 338win mag brown bear

.338 win will work fine.

remember, shot placement is king. put the bullets on the spot, very good bullets that is. that equals a dead bear. also, continue to shoot until the bear is for sure dead, none of that one shot and wait to see if the bear died stuff.

good luck on your hunt
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Old 03-10-2013, 01:00 AM
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Re: 338win mag brown bear

Yes, that's an excellent point. 2 excellent points. 3 actually.

338 Win is a good round for brown bear. Use good tough bullets. Shoot it well and keep shooting till the bear stops wiggling. !!!
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