338 Marlin Express

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  1. Retired Sgt

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    Has anyone hunted plains game with the 338 Marlin Express.

    Thinking of bringing one along as an additional rifle for my upcoming cull hunt.
     
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    No experience with it but I think it would be a great choice especially for thicker areas of Zim or Namibia.
     

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    The one animal I saw shot with mine was a whitetail doe at about 75 feet... That Hornady special tube mag soft tipped bullet exploded on her shoulder and only penetrated to one lung, which was totally blasted out. Deer ran about 30 yards and dropped.

    Point being, it messed up a quarter of meat and I don't think it would be a good choice for tough skinned African game.

    However it has tons of potential, with the right load and bullet.... just not sure what that is....
     
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    Just finished a 10 day safari in South Africa using a Marlin 338 MXLR. Took a nice Gemsbok at 190 yards.
     
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  5. Von S.

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    Sarge,

    Did you like the way it performed?
     

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    I used a modified Hornady 185 grain GMX bullet that I cut down to 180 grains and loaded it to 2550 fps.

    In addition to the Gemsbok, I took two black wildebeest with one bullet. The round went thru the cow and hit the bull standing behind it.

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    I’m now looking to go on another safari for a Fallow deer.
     

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    Wow!

    Impressive.
     
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