new 338 federal

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by fmsniper, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. fmsniper

    fmsniper Well-Known Member

    Jul 16, 2002
    - 7mm Rem Mag..175-grain, TKO 20.3, 3180 ft-lbs, 2860 fps
    - 338 Win Mag.......200-grain, TKO 28.5, 3866 ft-lbs, 2950 fps
    - 30-06 Spg............180-grain, TKO 21.4, 2915 ft-lbs, 2700 fps
    - 30-06 Spg............200-grain, TKO 23.1, 3060 ft-lbs, 2625 fps
    - 308 Win................180-grain, TKO 21.7, 2743 ft-lbs, 2620 fps
    - 308 Win................200-grain, TKO 21.7, 2690 ft-lbs, 2461 fps
    - 338 Federal.........180-grain, TKO 24.6, 3200 ft-lbs, 2830 fps
    - 338 Federal.........210-grain, TKO 26.7, 3224 ft-lbs, 2630 fps


    So what do you think, any good for medium long range???
  2. remingtonman_25_06

    remingtonman_25_06 Well-Known Member

    Jun 4, 2003
    Those numbers are at the muzzle I suppose? What are the numbers at say 500 yards? Not to great I would think. The thing starts out way to slow, and lets face it, there really aren't that many good high BC bullets available for .338" untill you get to the 225g AB or heavier, which the 338 federal wont shoot fast at all. I dont know, I think the cartridge is quite worthless from a long range perspective. Just my opinion. I wish they woulda went the other way and made the 25 souper, or 25-308 a factory cartridge.

  3. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

    Jan 20, 2004
    and besides that.....a 338 cal doesn't turn into a 338 cal until you get to 225gr bullets and above, if you catch what I mean. Of those listed the most direct comparison is between the Fed and the 06. Not much difference but the 06 would have just a bit more reach.
  4. RDM416

    RDM416 Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2005
    Remmingtonman got it right. Too slow for long range work. It will be a hammer for short range stuff though (300yds or less). The 180grn nosler bt would do well at those ranges/speeds. For long range in a 338 you need more horsepower to be able to push 250 to 300 grain bullets at reasonable speeds.
  5. Varmint Hunter

    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2001
    I'm thinking that this cartridge will fall flat on its face quicker than the 256 Win mag.

    I can't even imagine the intended use. With such a small caes capacity it will be relegated to the various 180gr bullets. It may be an interesting whitetaill thumper at moderate range but would it do anything that the .308 wouldn't? Besides, a 180gr .308 bullet would have a higher BC and better sectional density.

    Its interesting - that's about all I can say. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
  6. JD338

    JD338 Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 2005
    For short to med range, it should do fine. Not a LR round.
    The 180 gr AB has the Poly tip bobed off making it look like a protected point. I guess they did this to fir the case and the magazine. Gonna cost some BC points!

    Think I will stick to my 338 RUM and my 35 Whelen for the up close stuff.