Thoughts On The 338-06 Caliber, Or Re-Barrel?

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I picked up a Cooper repeater that is chambered in 338-06 and I'm thinking about re-barreling it to a 25-06, or 7x57. I would like some opinions as if
I should leave it in the caliber that it is now or go ahead and re-barrel it? I live in Nebraska so Whitetail would be what I would be using it for. I don't know anything about the 338-06 so any opinions on this caliber would be greatly appreciated.
 
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It’s a Fantastic cartridge and rifle for sure,but it’s a little big . But if your into Smack down and can handle more recoil it will work great . It’s a 30/06 case opened up to .338 bullet size ,many riflemen love the cartridge. If you get a screaming deal on price you could always trade it , personally I’d not rebarrel it ,there’s a older saying don’t shoot the doner, lol meaning you might fall in Love with it cause it shoots so darn well . You call have fun Cheers 🥳🧐🥳
 
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The other two cartridges you listed are fantastic, no doubting that for a second, but the reality is that the 338-06 is one of the most versatile cartridges out there that has never been taken up by a major rifle manufacturer…..which is huge shame.
My very first Mauser ‘98 VZ24 I built is a 338-06. I mulled over all the options open to me, 25-06, 275 Rigby, 280AI, 270, 30-06 and 35 Whelen. After looking at the array of good bullets and good BC’s, the 338-96 just made sense to me.
I use mine quite often on large deer and it kills them dead with ease. They never run more than 20, and the kills seem faster than with my big 338’s.
A 210g Partition doing 2750fps is no slouch and for really big critters, a 250g Partition doing 2600fps will bring down just about anything.

Cheers.
 
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Keep it and shoot it. I've had and built just about everything, the 338-06 is one of my favorites. It'll reach out if you shoot 160s or 185s. Like magnum said, flatten just about anything with the heavier bullets.
 
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I’ve been real happy with mine. It’s an ultralight that started life as a 30-06 Kimber Montana. Had it punched out to 338 and chopped at 21 inches. Right at 5 lbs bare, but it’s plenty accurate for hunting out to 350 with a little 2.5-8 Leupy on top. 2800 with a 205 Hammer is no slouch.
 
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I’ve been real happy with mine. It’s an ultralight that started life as a 30-06 Kimber Montana. Had it punched out to 338 and chopped at 21 inches. Right at 5 lbs bare, but it’s plenty accurate for hunting out to 350 with a little 2.5-8 Leupy on top. 2800 with a 205 Hammer is no slouch.
That sounds like a sweet rifle.

I want a lightweight versatile rifle and am looking at doing a switch barrel in 338 Win and maybe 25 Creed
Best of both worlds in a rifle

Edit: meant to say 338 Federal
 
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Do you mean 338WM?
Because if you do, the case heads of the two cartridges you mention are very different. Can’t be interchanged unfortunately.

Cheers.
 
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I think its a perfect cartridge in a perfect caliber. Just load up some 180-200gr and knock the gee whiz out of any deer you shoot with it. I would not change a thing other than add a picture of it with a dead deer in your memories book.
 
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You can easily load it hot or load it down. It would be a great addition to your collection.

H4895 can be used to make some mild loads:



Here are some inexpensive bullets you could put to use. I purchased 400 recently.

 
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I picked up a Cooper repeater that is chambered in 338-06 and I'm thinking about re-barreling it to a 25-06, or 7x57. I would like some opinions as if
I should leave it in the caliber that it is now or go ahead and re-barrel it? I live in Nebraska so Whitetail would be what I would be using it for. I don't know anything about the 338-06 so any opinions on this caliber would be greatly appreciated.
A few years ago I had a 270 Win rebored to 338-06, loaded it with 180 gr Nosler AB at over 2800fps and shot a big whitetail in MO and a 6x6 elk in CO. I love that rifle. Its very accurate, cheap brass, and puts critters on the ground.
 
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Pic? Cooper generally makes some really pretty rifles.

Option: rather than rebarreling… if you don’t like or need it, you can likely sell an unmolested one for equal or more, and buy a rifle in the chambering of your choice more cost-effectively.

Heck, if it’s a nice Cooper in .338-06, I’ll buy it off ya!!!
 

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