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Old 10-25-2010, 11:11 AM
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best ammunition in caliber .338 win mag ?


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hi Hunters, and loaders !

i am in process to get a .338 WM rifle ( out of german parts), and it is to hunt from Roe to red Dears + Elks and Wilkd boras .. perhaps bears as well .
what are the recommended Ammo from the shop meeting the "killing criterias" : Precision at 200 m, + killing efficiency ??

Every one has own experience ..
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:19 AM
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225gr (14.6g) Nosler Accubonds seem to be popular around here. For large brown bears, maybe 250gr Nosler Partitions. I have limited experience with the .338WM so far, having gotten mine only a couple months ago. I've been using the 225gr Accubonds so far but only for target practice and not at game, yet.
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:30 AM
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.338 Wm

Your bullet choice depends on how dangerous the critter is. For all big animals, I highly recommend the Nosler Partition bullet.

For large brown or grissly bears (or anything else that might eat you), I'd recommend the 250gr Nosler Partition bullet in the .338 WM. For elk, stag, smaller bears, the 210gr Nosler Partition will not only do the job, but will extend your range substantially. I've killed several whitetail deer, five elk (one of them weighing 1200 pounds), a 7x7 red stag, and an Alaskan caribou with the 210gr Nosler Partition at a great variety of ranges and recommend that bullet highly. You need only go to the 250gr for extremely big & dangerous bears.

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Old 10-25-2010, 01:11 PM
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Your bullet choice depends on how dangerous the critter is. For all big animals, I highly recommend the Nosler Partition bullet.
Can not think of a way to go wrong with the Nosler Partition for the .338 Win Mag.
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Old 10-25-2010, 02:28 PM
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I have used the 210gr. Nosler Partition and also the 225 Remington Core-Lokt with satisfaction. Both on wild pigs.

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The 225 Grain TTSX is outstandiing. The first 2 photos are of a coyote taken with the TSX bullets check out the damage and the coyote meat blown inot the tree about 3' off of the ground






Moose taken with the same load 2 days after taking the coyote



The bullet passed through both shoulder blades and exited the animal
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My gosh, that .338 vaporized the mooses body
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:09 PM
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Yup, the 210 is famous in the 338WM, and the 250's are some awesome big bullets for heavy game. My old man used 225gr TBBC's for his brown bear and got complete penetration on all shots taken. If I was going to buy factory ammo, I would probably shoot the 210gr-225gr PT's from Federal or Nosler. Scotty
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:47 AM
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thank you for these various and sharp experiences whitness!

The moose is impressively dead ! as well as the coyote ! by Gee !

So i'll go for Federal premium/nosler partition in 210 and 225gr to start with .
I hope to find them here in Europe .

I am quite impatient to test that rifle ( late december probably ).But for time being I have to wait in bed being severely hurt by a double disc protrusion at the low spine !!

Such forums helps me to cope with it !

Friendly regards to you guys up north !
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:11 AM
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I use Nosler 200g BTs. I have a bunch of Accubonds but never needed one.

Last year my son shot a Red Deer cow with 30-06, 150g Nosler BT, so they are tough enough for me.<O</O
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hi Hunters, and loaders !

i am in process to get a .338 WM rifle ( out of german parts), and it is to hunt from Roe to red Dears + Elks and Wilkd boras .. perhaps bears as well .
what are the recommended Ammo from the shop meeting the "killing criterias" : Precision at 200 m, + killing efficiency ??

Every one has own experience ..
I've been shooting a 338wm for a few years. I've shot 180's to 275's with it, mostly Nosler Partitions and Swift AFrames for game and Hornady Interlocks for practice. Over time I've settled on 250 grain bullets as my tool of choice.

Out to 200 yards I have not experienced too much difference in accuracy or ability to kill game cleanly. With proper shot placement critters die fast. Where I have noticed a difference is after 200 yards. The 250's seem to drift less than the lighter bullets and accordingly the point of impact is more predictable. I think the predictability of the POI is why I just shoot the one bullet weight.

On game, with the few bullets I've recovered, the heavier bullets seem to hold together better and penetrate deeper. So far it's taken moose. elk, grizzly, black bear, deer, wolf, coyote. All of them with the exception of one large miserable black bear died quickly and cleanly. The black bear had no lungs or heart left and he still had the poor manners to come for me. I don't view that one animal as a failure of the cartridge, rather I've found every so often bears can just be ill natured.

I'm a double lung guy and as such I have not experienced much meat damage with the 250's; in fact I've found the 250's seem to create less blood shot than smaller faster bullets in meat.

Each to their own and what works for them - for me with a 338wm it's 73 grains of H4831 under a 250 grain Swift A Frame.
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thanks puddlejumper from B.C !

i like your clear and effective statements, !

by the way you you send a few pictures of your latest gamehunt !! just for appreciating your environment and dreaming a bit ( from my bed where i need to stay for a couple of weeks !)

cheerio !
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I use one of two bullet weights in my one .338 Win mag and that is the 210 grain (Nosler Partition) bullet for deer type animals and for anything that wants to chew on my bones, it is a 275 grain Swift A Frame bullet. If you can not get those Swift bullets, then the 250 grain Nosler Partition will do just fine.

My long range elk gun (.338-Edge) uses Nosler Accubond in the 225 grain bullet weight. This bullet has great ballistic numbers and stays together giving a very good wound channel. A plus for those big elk 400 yards down range! The B.C. is 550 and the Sectional Density is .281.
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can't understand why you think you need a 338 to shoot animals that weigh less than 250 kg. anything from 6.5X55 to 8mm mauser should be more than enough. maybe an 8X68S if you thought you needed the extra power.
IMO anything that needs to be shot with a 338 warrants a 250gr. bullet.
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thanks puddlejumper from B.C !

i like your clear and effective statements, !

by the way you you send a few pictures of your latest gamehunt !! just for appreciating your environment and dreaming a bit ( from my bed where i need to stay for a couple of weeks !)

cheerio !
This wolf I took last year at 276yards (lasered), 250 grain Nosler Partition. Kind of a smaller one but he was going after a friends livestock so...

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One of this springs black bears.




A moose carcass from 2 or 3 years ago. Note the exit wound and the lack of blood shot. 250 grain Nosler partion at about 110 yards.





I took this elk (my first) this fall at about 120 yards, 250 grain Nosler partition. He just folded up on the spot.



The mountain top where I shot the elk.





Some scenary from this fall.



The meat tents after 6 days.



My hunting partners 6x4 from this fall - Nice Elk!



More scenery.


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Old 11-01-2010, 02:20 AM
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Thanks Puddlejumper,

Excellent pics showing beautiful scenaries and successfull hunts !

must be a great experience to spend a couple of weeks hunting in northwest !!

I'll may plan something for my 50th birthday ..

Cheerio
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Wow, nice pics from BC.

I've tried quite a lot in the 338 WM, and the most used was a 250 gr Sierra gameking, from moose to elk to deer. Used the 225 Nosler partition, as well as the 230 gr failsafe (no longer in production). Been wanting to try the XP3, but am leaning towards the 25-06, 6.5-06, and 30-06 for quite a bit less kick on me!
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rifle .338 WM eventually arrived !!

Hi there,

After 1 year of investigation and manufacturing , here is it :

As planned : Barrel of 22.8 " diam .76", mauser K98 sustem, 2-12 X 50 optics ..
easy to shoot .. sub MOA with Federal 225gr TSX barnes .
Check pictures and comment !







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That's a good looking rifle!
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Wow, now that is one very nice 338WM! Wow, you done really well with that rifle! Congratulations. Scotty
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