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    Anyone with .338-06 experience?

    Please share your thoughts about this cartridge.
    Thanks.

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    I thinks its a neat wildcat, but the energy and performance levels arent that much above the 338 federal, which is a factory caliber to be honest.
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    That sounds reasonable.

    I'm thinking about having one of my 30-06 s converted.

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    No experience with it, but I sure think it's neat.
    I think it's a good step up from the Fed. 2 or 300fps better?
    Not too many chances of being under-gunned in N.America.
    That's a whole bunch of stomp'em out to 300 or so.
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    After VERY extensive research and discussion with owners of the old .338OKH, I decided to not have one built for me.

    I do not see ANY REAL improvement in "power" over a standard .30-06, when both are loaded to equal pressures in barrels of equal length.

    I feel the same about the ancient .35Whelen and the only cartridge on a case of similar dimensions that I do find very useful is the older 9.3x62, a brilliant design for practical uses in Africa, by ordinary folks who could not afford a Mauser "Afrika" in .404 or perhaps a Rigby "Big Game" in .416Rigby.

    The fantastic .338WM, is widely available, better ballistics and about ideal as a "big gun" for Canadian uses. My slowest one using my usual 250NPt load gives 2670 at the muzzle of it's 22.5" tube and my faster original P-64 70s, four of them, average 2800 fps, from their 25" tubes and shoot VERY well with the same load.

    The rifles weigh about the same as a .338-06, recoil is NOT much greater and my pair of Dakota 76-.338WM rifles is now being tuned and loaded for to use the 225TTSX over 2800 fps-mv. Faster, flatter, hits harder and nice to shot, just better than the .338-06.

    Build it if you want one as this is 95% fun and games, but, given a 4+1 .338WM quite available, light and CRF, the choice is to me a "no brainer".

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    Or 35 Whelen...a good sized projectile out of the '06 case and factory ammo with about the same availability as the 338 Federal. Depends on what you want to hunt and how far your shots will be.
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    Thank you all, for your generous replies .... I now have a severe dosage of cartridge fever.


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    I have used the 35 Whelen extensively in the past and also the 338-06 a lot in a Cooper I had of the 2 I would say that the 338-06 is definitely more versatile I guess it really depends what you want it to do shoot big hea vy bullets or lighter ones fairly fast my last one excelled with 185 ttsx and reloader 15 very fast I used it as a 300 mag light so to speak but to each his own if you are more interested in hea vy weights you have that option as well
    Cheers Ton

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    I like the '06 wildcats having used most but am biased toward the 35 Whelen simply because I have depended on it since 1964 and it has never let me down.
    At this time I'm playing with a super accurate 8mm - 06 on a restocked and reworked Mauser, shoots much better than anticipated..

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    I'm building one as soon as I get back from work. Probably the ai version so I can trim less. I don't know what bgblkdg is talking about with recoil saying that the recoil is not much greater then the 338wm??? It should be less much less in fact. There's a whole page about what every cartridge does for recoil given the same weight and the (sharpness) of the speed of the recoil. Plus you don't have a belt. Plus you don't you as much powder for similar effects.
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