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Old 03-12-2013, 03:58 PM
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Sighting the gun in on the range shouldn't be a problem (seems to me that sighting in would be infrequent and you'd likely spend most of your range time shooting something else - I know I would!) I'd be more worried out in the field with the noise of a brake.

On the other hand, if you are shooting from a fixed blind, there's usually time to grab the earmuffs. I wouldn't put a brake on a hunting gun if I could avoid it, but that's just me.

I doubt if a braked 20" .338 would be all that much more obnoxious that the shorty ARs with flash hiders, and there's plenty of those on the range. Last time I was at the range a guy had a cut-down Mosin-Nagant with a barrel just over 16" long, and it sure had quite the muzzle blast!
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:37 PM
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see my thread above.....no manufacturer is chambering .338 Fed right now.

I personally don't see much good in this specialty rifle. The 20" barrel is way to short and inefficient for the .338 WinMag. There are a lot of better performing cartridges out there for short barreled platforms. I would choose the .325 WSM or the Ruger short magnum over this particular rifle ( and I am a fan of the .338 WM, but you need one wearing at least a 24" barrel and 26" is better).
Wrong on 338 Federal, Tikka T-3 is still offered on there web site also DPMS is still offering it. Armalite is also still offering it.
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:41 AM
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On the BRAKE. You should buy a thread protector at the same time you buy the brake. You can use the brake at the range with muffs and plugs. But when you hunt, just take the brake off and put the thread protector on and you will never even her the gun when you shoot at game.

I should say that it is good to use ear plugs ever time you fire a rifle with or without a Brake. A 338 will destroy your hearing. You might not notice when you are young, it but as you get older the loss will be much worse. I know, trust me. Presently I were Quad ear muffs for most of my blind and still hunting trips. the amplifier helps me hear better and turns off when I fire, protecting the little hearing that I have. The Sonic Ear protector plugs are also very good and I use them when bird hunting. Save your ears.
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Wrong on 338 Federal, Tikka T-3 is still offered on there web site also DPMS is still offering it. Armalite is also still offering it.

http://www.berettausa.com/shop-by-de...er/guns/tikka/


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Old 03-14-2013, 12:27 PM
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Are you looking at a different website than me ?
If you look at there data sheet they still list it.
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:44 PM
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Well my dad and I just got back from our Russian boar hunt, we had a blast!!! I used my 338, it is deffinitely a good hog gun.

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I used my 338 Win mag with a 225gr. Nosler Accubond, mine was the big one, it dropped it like a sack of rocks. It was coming my way I shot it at about 30 yards, hit it in the shoulder, it shattered it and exited out of the ham on the opposite side. Complete pass thru length ways, great bullet performance!
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Congrats to you and your dad ! What caliber gun did your father use and where was this ? Kinda looks like southwest Texas maybe.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:21 AM
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Congrats to you and your dad ! What caliber gun did your father use and where was this ? Kinda looks like southwest Texas maybe.
Thanks!!! We had fun! Already planning another trip for next year. My dad used a Savage Light Weight Hunter in a 308 with 165gr. Hornady Interlocks, they worked really good also. He shot his broadside through both shoulders, it busted both shoulders and exited. The hog dropped right where he was standing. We were in Shoshone Idaho, it is southern Idaho and dry desert kinda of resembles Texas alot.

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Congratulations! Looks like you both had great hunts and lots of pork to bring home with you as well!!
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Fritz congrats on a great hog hunt! I love the .338 caliber and know it is great for hogs, elk, kudu, eland, moose and even whitetail with the proper weight bullet.

Hey, great pictures too!
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Bought my Grandson a .338 Savage Hog Hunter....we both love to shoot that rifle. Loaded some Speer Grand Slams and Hornady Interlocks, both 250gr., both shoot equally as well. Recoil, as expected, is at par for a large caliber mag, however, if you are a rifle shooter, these are fun to shoot and accurate....my wife shot it as well, she is 5' and weighs 115.....guys need to grow some lol!
I have to laugh when I hear guys say that a .338 is too much rifle for hogs, when the same guys are out shooting whitetail deer AND hogs etc. with 300 gr. plus saboted bullets going 2100+ fps....

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this is an old thread. I like the 338WM and have killed just about everything with it in AL and Africa; including local whitetail deer and hogs. I must like them, as I have two rifles in that cartridge chambering.

Still more than needed for hogs. Just got back from a Florida hog hunt, the Kimber 260 worked fine for hogs with one shot, DRT. And I got two shoulders and two hams. Smoked the hams earlier this week, now cooking the tenderloins and backstraps.

Here piggy, piggy!
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I could think of worse ways to go than "in the saddle". Like the way I came into the world, in a bed next to a beautiful woman. That Id hog hunt looks A LOT more open & MUCH drier than your avg Fl hog hunt. Here you can expect to get wet to at least the knees, often deeper and a good chance of submerging the rifle. Walking thru a palmetto thicket a bud right next to me stepped on a sleeping hog, neither of us caught a glimpse of it. All heck did break loose & thankfully neither of us fired at something we couldn't see.

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Fred is you should want to power down a little in the future, that .338-06 is a real dream caliber. Ammo is by A-Square and company or reload your own like I do. It will do anything the .338 mag will do out to 250 yards and that includes the taking of the biggest of bears.
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Savage Hog Hunter in 338 Win Mag = Tack Driver?

I happen to have purchased a Savage Hog Hunter in 338 Win Mag before they were discontinued in favor of the 338 Federal cartridge. For hog hunting, the 338 Federal is perhaps a better choice, but I am very glad I grabbed one of the 338 Win Mag versions before they disappeared. I wanted a "blind" gun for black bears that had a short barrel for maneuverability in a hunting blind but that still had a large bullet diameter and cartridge strength to put down a large boar from roughly 150 yards or less. I also have a 338 suppressor i largely use for a 338 Lapua of mine and wanted to be able to use that with the rifle as well. I ended up picking this rifle last year for just over $400 bucks, barrel already threaded (saved me another $75-100 bucks for gunsmith fees), and topped it with a Sightron scope I had kicking around in my safe. I hurried and put together a load for it last year that got me by for the black bear season, but this year have finally gotten around to working up a "real" load for it, working to maximize the gun's power and accuracy potential. I decided to try the 250 grain Nosler Accubond bullets that I had some of, after looking at Quickload. I also decided to give the new Reloder 26 powder a try after seeing its potential in Quickload and wanting a powder that was temperature insensitive. Well, turns out that this combination is exceptional. On three successive range trips now I have gotten 3-5 shot groups all under 1/2" and some as small as 3/8" at 100 yards. Seating depth was the last important factor with the load development, and this load liked to be about 20 thousandths off the lands. I am getting 2635 FPS as my velocity average for this load, which is exceptional given the short 20" barrel. Given this load accuracy and velocity and bullet BC, it is supersonic to roughly 1300 yards. Pretty crazy for a 20 barrel in 338 Win Mag, huh? It makes we want to use it for other applications as well, given that the gun is so lightweight and powerful and maneuverable - and crazy accurate with the right load!
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"Given this load accuracy and velocity and bullet BC, it is supersonic to roughly 1300 yards. Pretty crazy for a 20 barrel in 338 Win Mag, huh? "

But someone posted that you should not do that with the .338 WM in a 20" barrel. I have Savage Hog Hunters in .308 and .223 and they are shooters. Still need to replace the stocks. They have blind magazines. I was going to get the bottom metal for them when I get new stocks, but may just keep them as is. Never had a blind mag, and now I am getting used to them.
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Blind mag disadvantage?

NO FLOORPLATE to open at the wrong time & dump ammo on the ground. Does FAST unloading matter that much? No experience with that particular rifle or caliber, BUT the giant "WILD" hogs you always see pictured (photo shopped), you know the ones Volkswagon sized, are not the average size taken down here by a long shot, avg size is probly closer to 80-150 lbs, big ones do exist but other than bragging rights, they won't taste or drag better. IMO an AVERAGE hunter would be both more accurate & have a faster follow up shot with the 308, which if using a good quality bullet would be quite adequate at realistic ranges if the hunter does his part. Ammo would be cheaper, more available, quieter & have less recoil. If you can shoot a 338mag well, have at it.
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