Discussion in 'Main Message Board' started by Ralph DeGeurin, May 16, 2017.
Any one shooting a 338-06
Had one a few years ago, McGowan barrel on a Savage. It was accurate, and not bad recoil. Dropped a moose at 250yd doing severe internal damage. Still kicking myself for selling that barrel.
338/06 Ackley on a Win M54; CP Donnelly barrel. It had a write-up about 20 years ago in Handloader Digest. Performance with lighter bullets approached 338 Win Mag.
Sounds good just got mine Remington 700bdl unfired not sure brand of barrel but it shoots Good getting 1in groups with Hornady 225 bullets using 35 whelen brass.
I've been shooting mine since 1988; great elk medicine!
Mine is on my boyhood pre-'64 Winchester M70, rebarreled by Donnelley also to .338-06 Improved. It gets a bit over 2,800 fps easily with the Nosler 210gr Partition, and goes end-to-end through bulls if needed (it did once).
Articles in Handloader convinced me long ago that this was a premiere overlooked big game caliber. Steve Timm did a great one in that mag that would convince anyone, ditto for one by Ken Waters.
What brass are you using. Most people seem to use 3006 but I am using 35 whelen just run it through the 338 sizer and load
338-06 on a Savage Action, Shilen 26" barrel. Shoots sub MOA out to 600 yards with Hornady 225 bullets. I just started developing a load for Barnes 160 grain TTSX. They are grouping 1" at 200 yards.
All my brass is Winchester 30-06.
35 Whelen could be necked down with a slight increase in diameter, not likely to be enough to warrant turning. 30-06 brass is much more common and generally cheaper. It can be necked up, making it thinner but not enough to affect the bullet tension. Either way should work well.
3 elk, 1 moose, and 2 deer.
I built one on a Rem 700 with a 24" Douglas barrel and load mostly Barnes TSX. Sold my 338 Win mag soon after. I neck up '06 military brass, mostly because I have several thousand rounds of the stuff to feed an 03-A3 and a Garand.
I've always used virgin/unfired R-P 30-06 brass for it, as I had a box of 500 in the shop when my rifle was complete. No issues of any kind so far, best 100 yard groups run just under 1/2" with the Nosler 210gr Partiton. Far more accurate than a medium bore has the right to be.
They seem to be great rifles one of my sun's has one that came from the man I got mine from. I worked up a load with 210 Barnes and shoots great got elk with it this season. Used Barnes because that is all the man had ever used in it and only used sweet shooters to clean it.
I like the 35whelen brass so I don't get it mixed up with my 06 brass.
I am. 200gr Nosler and Reloader 15.
Same setup as me pretty much. Those 160 TTSX sure put the hurt on big game!
I like the idea of this cartridge a lot. However I helped a friend one weekend form a big driveway and he gave me a ruger77 in 338 win mag. I just wish I had something to shoot the 33 caliber I already own at. But there just aren't many moose or elk in south Florida.
Midway stocks 338-06 Norma A-Square brass. Not particularly cheap, but can't imagine needing more than 50 cases for a hunting rifle
I've got an 8mm-06 ackley 200gr@2725. 24" mil sure barrel 1moa or less It's on the heels of the 338. I like mine. I live in Indiana and we just got opened for rifles for deer. I hope to bleed it in this fall
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