I need your opinions

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by bushwackr, May 27, 2014.

  1. bushwackr

    bushwackr Well-Known Member

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    I was going to build me a long range hunting rig, so I bought a rem 700 sps in 7mm stw well long story short rifle was inoperable from the start. Remington wouldn't even send me the rifle back because it was messed up so they offered me a 700 long range in 7mm rem mag, well that was march 11th and still no rifle because of trigger recall. I have dies,brass, bullets etc for the stw. Well it will be 8 more weeks at the smith to rechamber and install brake. I am now kind of thinking I should scrap this idea and try a savage 110 fcp hs in 338 lm. It will be a hunter most of all, I would like your opinion on the calibers.

    Wait for the 7 stw (I prob wont see it in my hands untill after seasons over) or scrap the idea and go with the 338lm savage??? Im not a stranger to recoil so that's not an issue but it one superior to the other.
     
  2. Barrelnut

    Barrelnut Well-Known Member

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    Well, like they say, when you go 338 you never go back. I hear the 300 grainers are hard to beat in the wind.:rolleyes:

    If it were me, I would probably tone it down some and get the 110 FCP in 300 WM and shoot that this season. It would be cheaper to shoot than the 338 LM for sure.
    Then, after you get the 7 STW back, you could make a decision on which rifle to keep. Should not be hard to sell either of those rifles, dies, brass, or bullets.
     

  3. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    I had a .338, and never want another one... I'll stick with my .30's, 7mm's, and .25's.

    I agree. Buy a cheap .300 WM and wait-out the STW build. It will be worth it in the end.
     
  4. bushwackr

    bushwackr Well-Known Member

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    Ok. I just sold my 300 win mag,weeks ago now,I have better been shooting them for 15yrs or better. I like them but time for a change.
     
  5. bushwackr

    bushwackr Well-Known Member

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    If I can find someone that will rechamber the tube for me sooner I would surely stay with the 7mm. But thats sure not an option here
     
  6. bushwackr

    bushwackr Well-Known Member

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    Mudrunner what did you not like about the 338?
     
  7. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    I figured I'd see what all the fuss was... Apparanly it's more hype than anything.

    Cold bore was dead-on...Shots 2 & 3 would be somewhere inside of a 4" diameter radius...
     
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    What are you hunting?
     
  10. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Old faithful w/ a hotrod twist...

    [​IMG]

    .30-06 AI w/ Berger 185 VLD's packed with about 62gr of 7828 SSC, and running (according to QuickLoad, I haven't chrono'd yet) around 2,900 fps in my 26" heavy 1:12. :D
     
  11. bushwackr

    bushwackr Well-Known Member

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    The rifle will be used for whitetail, elk and hogs
     
  12. Bravo 4

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    I agree that this fella doesn't "need" a .338 anything for his intended goals and a 7mag of sorts or a .30 cal can get it done.

    I also agree that your crappy shooting .338 WinMag was hardly anything to fuss about when it comes to long range. However, that's kinda of a poor example to base your experience with an entire caliber isn't it?

    Reminds me of a .270 I had once, it shot so bad that I (and others) couldn't get it properly zeroed. That rifle turned me off of .270's for a long time, but I think I was only 12 and didn't know any better.
     
  13. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    A 7mm or .30 can do anything a .338 can do. Shot placement is key.

    Unless you're shooting dangerous game in Africa, or shooting beyond 1500 yards, I see no reason to step up beyond a .30.

    I disliked .338's long before I owned one. It just helped solidify the uselessness of one for north american game. I've also never liked a .270 Win. Never liked a .30-06 Sprg, either. Still don't. The .30-06 AI is a different beast entirely, and is an Ackley, and I respect and revere PO Ackley's work, therefore I have more respect for it.

    You cannot deny that the .338's are only as popular as they are because they are the newest trend on the block, and because nobody has made any huge advancements in .35, .375, .408 bullet tech that is more affordable and in more supply and demand.

    I would feel the same way about anything larger than a .30 cal as well. It's not just hate for the .338.
     
  14. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    You've seen no reason because you've never shot at those ranges in multiple conditions on big game, still does not mean they don't have their place. I tend to shoot a lot smaller cals than even you on much bigger game but I dang sure will respect what the wind, range and type of animal I'm taking will do with those small cals and there is are times and places where a big 338 bullet just has no equal and it's something you'll know when you see it!