Final score just under 450 inches. Close to, if not, the all time World Record non typical elkShawn O'Shea shot that bow somewhere near where I live in Central Alberta. He arrowed it at 18ish yards. I shoot targets at very long range but I hunt to get within 100. Just google Shawn O'Shea world record elk if you doubt me.
The .338 is a great caliber with 225 or 250 grain bullets ! Moose and bear guides like them ! I think you got the spectrum covered with 6 5 to. 375 thought unless you just want another good rifle !Getting ready to get after the bucket list over the next several years. Deposit down on what should be a high quality drop camp elk hunt next year in Colorado. Very likely MT antelope this October (party has 3 pref points). Others on the horizon may include moose and/or caribou somewhere, audad or mouflon, nilgai, (the latter three during our soon-to-be retired jaunts down south), and possibly African buff and NZ red stag if we can ever get back to international travel. Speaking of which, my wife loves to travel more than anything, thus the initial plans on Africa and NZ (but let's hope she doesn't inquire about trophy fees! ). My currently available calibers: 6.5 PRC, 30 06, 300 WinMag, and then jump up to 375 H&H (not adding the 450 BM to the list, my local whitetail and black bear gun). After adding the 6.5 PRC (initial hand loads tuned to 0.33 MOA), I told myself that will be it for the arsenal. However, a semi-retired, avid hunter and budding long range enthusiast should never make such shallow promises to himself. Soooo, I am considering adding a 338, and looking hard at the Nosler 33 M48 Long Range Carbon (spendy brass, at least currently, but I won't be shooting it a lot). I need to also outfit my son for CO elk, who I hope can make the trip with me. Any thoughts on this? I know, it seems a bit silly asking you all if I should go buy another gun, a different spin on preaching to the choir. However, I do appreciate the amount of experience on this forum, thus know I will enjoy reading your feedback either way. Thanks in advance.
The hardest kicking gun I have ever fired was a Browning single shot in 45/70. My friend Tom bought it just because he could. It had an octagon 22 inch barrel and a crescent butt plate and was to die for.I like the fact that my 338/06 doesn't need a brake in a packing weight rifle.
The idea that any rifle needs a brake is a relatively new one as such things go. I have been shooting rifles now for 58 years, since I shot my first 22 at age 11, and I have never owned a rifle with a muzzle brake.
I watched a guy sighting in his Stone Sheep rifle once in British Columbia. If you want to see serious sheep hunters these are the best of the best. No idea what the gun was but my guess is it was not more than 8 pounds. I did ask and learned the chambering was the 300WSM. The gun had no brake.
His groups were under an inch. It is one thing to shoot one inch groups with your Sheep Rifle. It is an entirely different thing to do it with a light, hard recoiling gun.
Yes 3230 with a 338WM, in Mark 11 Ruger in a 24" barrel. The load was develop in early 2000's You won't fine that in any reloading book. I'll put out a little more info on that load. Fed 210 primer in Rem case, W760 powder. 70+ grains. Necks turned. Cases weighted. Now using 200gr Accubond Nosler bullets the load is hot, but no creators in the primers, just flat. No ejector marks either, which would even be higher chamber pressures. This load was develop in Mex-lifornia during warn to hot weather. Never check on how the temperature effects the velocity, because W760 is effected by heat, but how much, I don't know presently. No info on temperature effect the powder presently. Hopefully this year I will get a chance to figure that out. Earlier last year my son had gotten a Browning in 338 WM, and we loaded up 12 case to see if it would handle the powder charge. It did, but that was it. We haven't had time to get back to it. I am having a 338 WM in a 26" being built to see what I can achieve in velocity with it. The 5 shot grouping was under 1/2" @ 100yds.Excuse me, but did you say 3233 fps out of a 338 Win mag with a 200 grain.......?