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  • Anyone have something in .338 Federal? How is it?

    Anyone have something in .338 Federal? How is it?

  • #2
    I dont, but what I've read and the energy charts I looked at it is like shooting a 358 Win but with a up side the 338Fed will shoot flater.

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    • #3
      338 Federal?

      I'd rather have a 338 Win Mag instead!

      Sorry, I’m not into “FAD” guns

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      • #4
        Obviously just about anyone would rather have a .338 Win Mag, and others would rather have a .338 RUM or .340 Weatherby.

        But I think the .338 Fed might not be a fad, it might be pretty useful and find some popularity. That's why I asked. It is in fact possible for something new to be good, even in rifle cartridges. I'm sure at one point someone called the .338 Win Mag a fad cartridge.

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        • #5
          shane out of the new rounds out on the market I dont think a guy could go wrong with a 270WSM or 338Fed. 338 Win mag might be alright but the damn thing kicks more than my 375. Its your money you do what you think best I am sure the 338 Fed will serve you well thats just my 2 cents. good luck.

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          • #6
            I bought a Ruger Hawkeye about two years ago in 338 Federal. Shooting 200 grain fusions hunting in central Pa for deer and black bear. No chance at a bear last year but devasting on a whitetail at about 120 yards. Recoil is similar to 30-06 with much more knock down power. Taking it to Colorado on Elk in October. Gun is same weight as 30-06 / 270 but about an inch shorter and ammo is about same price. Cannot go wrong with this setup!

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            • #7
              Got Kimber 84M in .338 Fed before season last year. Old man living/hunting Montana, went for light weight. Shocked how little recoil, its only 6lbs w/ scope. Good accuracy after shooting in, it likes the 200 gr Fusion and 210 gr loads. Didn's score Elk in '09. Harvested a couple whitetail, no test of rifle or shooter. Lots to choose from out there, look closely....I'd do it again.

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              • #8
                I purchased a Tikka T3 Lite in 338 Federal and it came before our deer season closed. I loaded some 200 grain Balistics Tips because that is all the 338 bullets I had. I killed a nice buck the last day of deer season and I was impressed. The accuracy was great and my gunsmith installed a Sims prefit Limb Saver recoil pad which made the rifle a pleasure to shoot. I own several other Tikka's in 308, 300WSM,22-250, 270 WSM. I have purchased several boxes of 200 grain soft point interlock bullets that I plan to be my whitetail load. Love the caliber.

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                • #9
                  Agreed with Sarge01 and + 1 for you sir!!!

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                  • #10
                    I'll give you my two cents. I have a Sako .338 federal. I've had it for a couple of years now. Beautiful gun, shoots great. The recoil is less than my other two hunting rifles - a 30-06 Savage and a Kimber in .300 wsm. To be honest, the .338 has become my gun of choice for any hunting other than plains hunting. Light to carry, manuverable, and the perfect ballistics for shooting in the woods or stalking a Virginia cornfield. I've used it on hogs, deer, and black bear. It always performs and drops the animals on a dime. On several occassions others have expressed admiration for its ability to make a quick, clean kill. Accuracy is great. I just took it out of the safe for the upcoming season and put 3 of 5 in the bullseye at 100 yards. My gun shoots the 185 grain barnes bullets and the 200 grain fusion best. I'm not a great shot, but this gun is easy to shoot and the recoil hasn't make me develop any sort of flinch. Only two complaints. One, the ammo is a little expensive (no cheap alternative other than reloading) and two, there was a period a year or so ago when it was sold out. But, I take a .22 to the range for plinking, not a .338, so this isn't really a problem. I probably average 20 to 30 rounds a year. I do not work for federal, nor know anyone who does. I'm just a happy owner of a .338 federal.

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                    • #11
                      Since the last post I have shot my 338 Federal quite a bit. I make cases from 308's and reload so the rounds are not so expensive. I reload Hornady 200 Interlock bullets. The accuracy is great and the Tikka is a pleasure to shoot. I think that the rest of my firearms will get a rest during the deer seasons.

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                      • #12
                        Last year I was in the market for a new hunting rifle and after doing my research I picked up a Savage 11 .338 Federal. I put a Primary arms 4-16x44 scope on top and I never looked back. I took it to the range and zeroed it at 100 yards. The recoil was about the same as my 308Win or 30-06. It groups really well and is about as accurate as my .257 Wby Vanguard. I ended up hunting in West Va and hammered a buck. I pulled the trigger and dropped him in his tracks. The bullets passed through and through leaving a big exit hole. I don’t reload yet but right now the 200gr Federal Fusion is the best thing smoking. The price of the ammo isn’t that bad. I found some online for around $26 a box. I plan to order some Federal premium ammo (not sure if it’s the power-shock or vital-shock) and double tap has a round topped with the 185gr Barnes TTSX that I can’t wait to get my hooks on!!! I highly recommend this caliber. Its tough to beat the hard hitting power of this short action cartridge with very manageable recoil. I can’t wait to get back in the woods with it for next years deer season!!

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                        • #13
                          I am a complete novice on this caliber. I judt saw where Savage has come out with an AR10 in 338 federal. Was used on brown bear in Alaska. I am very interested in building an upper for my AR 10.

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