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Old 06-13-2008, 08:57 AM
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Looking for pros and cons comparing .338 rifles vs. .308 rifles for heavy game in the field.
Which do you own and why did you choose it ?
Did you compare them before you purchased ?
Tell me your success with your firearm in the field...

Thanks in advance for your replies...
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Looking for pros and cons comparing .338 rifles vs. .308 rifles for heavy game in the field.
Which do you own and why did you choose it ?
Did you compare them before you purchased ?
Tell me your success with your firearm in the field...

Thanks in advance for your replies...
The .338 Winchester magnum is a heavy duty round suitable for elk or moose by anyone's standards.

I see people at the range who have .378 Wbys, stuff like that. Sometimes in a lightweight rifle.

In general I dont think people with guns like that ever practice enough to be good with them.

No disrespect but if you are asking a q like that it suggests you are not particularly a rifleman. So I'd say, a rifle you shoot well is worth a whole lot more than one you dont.

A .308 is very adequate for nearly any use, a bit much for deer reallly. Perfect general purpose high power round. Not too expensive to shoot a lot, like some magnums.

I have heard a lot of people say they need a heavy rifle coz they will hunt moose and grizzly bears, but you know, not that many people ever really do.

I've taken moose, walrus, caribou with a .243 and it worked fine. A .308 outta work fine for you.
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based on your opinion looks like the .308 cal. is what I need to start looking for...no offense taken...I'm into preserving bears; not exterminating them. thanks for your helpful advice.
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based on your opinion looks like the .308 cal. is what I need to start looking for...no offense taken...I'm into preserving bears; not exterminating them. thanks for your helpful advice.
Im not into exterminating bears either. I thought i was going to have to exterminate a bear one time
but lucky for both of us he decided his interests were elsewhere.

A good .308 bolt gun like the CZ will bring you great success and happiness. Go forth.
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.308 is also a plentiful and commom ammo.
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Concider the 30.06 also.
I own a .308, and it is great !! 5/8" groups at 100 yards with mil surplus.
However, 30.06 is also available at around the same money.
Do not limit yourself too one.
If the right rifle comes up in either caliber, get it, and buy surplus ammo too getr started.
.338 is way too costly.
I have a .300 WSM.
That ammo is $44.00 per box for what I shoot.
I just got 400 rounds of M-80 ball for my .308 for $238.00.
Crunch the numbers, and search what is available.
Money talk these days.
Try too get the most bang for your buck.
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I'd chime in on the .308/.30-06 side. My dad has a Savage .338 Win he picked up via a trade and the cartridges are pretty steep per box. He loves it as a shooter, but admits it's way too much for local whitetail deer and more suited larger game.
.308/.30-06 are two very common rounds and both can be had in specialty loads and via military surplus.
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I have a Savage.308 and it has great range and has been used for years by both the military and civilian law enforcement, how could you go wrong.
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I have both chamberings in a few rifles, and heres my thoughts...

.338 has the advantage of a bigger caliber and heavier bullet weights and generally they are shot at pretty high speeds. They are serious thumpers at both ends! If you need extreme penetration and heavey bone breaking power then this is a good caliber to start with. Unfortunately due to the stout recoil most people are not able to practice enough with them to be really proficient. Practice at the range is more punishement than enjoyment after a box or two of ammo. Ammo is pretty pricey too unless you reload.

Truth be told...an animal shot with a 308 will likely be just as dead just as quick as it would had you shot it with a 338. The .308 can do just about anything to a adequate degree that a 338 can accomplish with the appropriate load and do it at reduced recoil, reduced cost and the ammo is way more plentiful.

I agree with the previous post that if you really got to ask you most likely need to stick with the 308. If you really need the bigger heavier bullet and deeper penetration then consider something like the 338-06 commercially available from A-Square or the 338 Federal which if memory serves me correctly is basically a 308 necked up to a 338. Both are pretty effceint rounds and throw the big bullets with some pretty respectable velocities that arent too far off the magnums. The down side is ammo isnt real common, gun selction is limited and they are much better with the lighter bullets than the heavier ones which are at thier best in the bigger case magnums.
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.308 is more common so you should always choose the more common caliber.That way its easier to find ammo...
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I forgot too mention my reason for the 300 WSM,
It is a hard hitter, and since it uses .308 bullets, I only have too stock pile 1 type of bullet, powder, and primer for both of my .30 cal. rifles, and for long term use, I can disassemble any 30.06,.308.300 win mag,300 savage, etc. bullets that I may run across for reloading either rifle that I have.(Not ideal, but doable)
Options are very wide as well, AP,API,Tracer, JHP,JSP,FMJ, etc. etc. etc.
This allows a very wide range of uses for a single rifle, from hunting large game, too equiptment destruction.
primers are the only thing I need too stock up on.
CCI MilSpec Large rifle primers for .308
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Thanks to all who have replied...extremely helpful in educating me in which way i should proceed...greatly appreciated...
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