- Apr 27, 2017
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- USA, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana
I am building a .338-‘06 right now. I like the ability to handle heavier bullets than the ‘06, while retaining good velocity with low recoil. Using a Rutger M77 mark. II with CRF.
That was exactly my logic when looking at the 338-06. A capability upgrade from the '06. The next obvious step up is not somewhere in between... it is the 375 HH or 416 Rem Mag. You'll find bullet selection is excellent and only slightly less than 30 cal and greater than most others. Properly heasdstamped brass as required for some Africa travel is problematic for all these type cartridges even some of the seemingly "common" ones. So if you find a reasonable source of the Weatherby 338-06 brass (made by Norma actually) and head stamped "Weatherby 338-06 A-Sq" probably be a good idea to grab it. The Weatherby box does have odd markings. NO worries it is the right stuff-- just odd. If not going to Africa, easy matter to get some new '06 brass and either fire form it in your chamber using a reduced cast bullet load or by running the '06 brass into a 338-06 die that has a tapered neck button- similar to the Lee and Hornady types. Really very straight forward to resize- just make sure to also lube the inside of the neck.
The other source is maybe Quality Cartridge, but you'd have to call to find out about availability.