+1. Don’t cut the barrel! The .375/.416 Ruger cartridges were designed for rifles with shorter barrels. The WM was not. My Browning A Bolt .338WM has a 26” barrel and has never been a problem when hunting in deep forest blowdowns and brush. The scope has been caught on more stuff than the barrel ever has. Just remember, barrel first when walking, crawling, etc. Just my 2 centavos.Personally I won’t! But; I am very sensitive to the muzzle blast.
Handling characteristics - I can understand but in reality I don’t see that much of an advantage,
This is just my opinion.
with your love for the 300 wby, i am surprised you don't also have a 340.
i wonder why roy didn't bring out a 350 wby.
bob would have promoted it for him.
Very true, Flatwater bill.BBMelvin...........I agree. I have used the 338 on Australian buffalo and general culling. It is a hammer. This is an Africa Hunting site, and as such, there are many 375 fans here. I am one of them. Someone on this site once suggested that the 338 Win Mag be the new minimum for DG............and the consensus was that not only would millions of people die, but there would be "Complete Protonic Reversal". Maybe. And yet a good Bowtech or PSE is legal many places. Most people assume that when you talk of a 338 you are referring to the Win Mag. There are many others, filling most niches. My fav is the RUM. Above is just a few random thoughts on 33's........good shooting....FWB
Maybe I could make a set of dies and we could neck down a 460 Weatherby cartridge to a 35 just for Bob. Could be the “.35 Whacker” . I was going to suggest the 375 cartridge necked down but I believe that is what the 350 G&H is. All kidding aside Bob...you did turn me on to that cartridge...I am thinking the Whelen is gonna be the cartridge I get for my lightweight all weather mountain rifle soon whenever we start seeing ammo and reloading stuff available again.if roy has no 35 cal, maybe bob could look at a 358 stw for when he really want to get down and boogey.
his enfield actions are big enough to take it.
Maybe I could make a set of dies and we could neck down a 460 Weatherby cartridge to a 35 just for Bob. Could be the “.35 Whacker” . I was going to suggest the 375 cartridge necked down but I believe that is what the 350 G&H is. All kidding aside Bob...you did turn me on to that cartridge...I am thinking the Whelen is gonna be the cartridge I get for my lightweight all weather mountain rifle soon whenever we start seeing ammo and reloading stuff available again.
Now we also have the .33 Nosler? It never ends.
I really like your choice of cartridges. The .450 Watts fascinates me after reading a little about it. My hunting buddy is a Browning BLR .30-06 guy, but wants a BLR in .338 Marlin Express, but doesn’t want to pay what sellers are asking for one. So, I’ve mentioned to him the .338-06 as it probably wouldn’t be a major cost to have a .30-06 BLR converted to that cartridge? Actually, they might chamber the BLR in .35 Whelen?I have read Bell inside out, front to back and between the lines several times trying to fully understand his thought process and evolution as an ivory hunter. That was a different age and different culture to be certain. But he had a luxury we will never have to hone his skills in the field by trial and error. He hunted ivory for one purpose, to make a good living providing long term retirement security. He perfected his marksmanship skills and shot placement ability. He developed the skill to deliver a bullet to the brain from various angles by studying in precise detail the anatomy of the elephant. All for the purpose of killing them in the most efficient manor possible given the limited options of rifles, bullets, calibers and reliable ammo in Africa from about 1902 to post WWI. He happened upon or discovered, by both choice and fate, the effectiveness of a small caliber penetrating bullet to the brain. While he was most known for his use of the 7x57 for elephant, I believe he actually held the 318 WR in higher regard as an all around effective elephant killer. The 318 WR is an older equivalent to our current 338-06... thus the segue to the topic in this thread The only reason he settled on the 7x57 over the 318 WR was the reliability of the ammo at the time. He recalls never having a single misfire nor malfunction of any kind when shooting the 173 gr FMJ 7x57 DWM ammo. He reported having all manner of trouble with the ammo for both the 318 WR and the 6.5 MS. The famous incident of him pass shooting cormorants on the wing just to get rid of faulty 318 WR ammo will forever stand as a testiment to his exceptional rifle skills.
Currently my rifles/calibers for Africa PG and DG include: 338-06, 375 HH, 416 Rem Mag and 450 Watts.
I have 100% confidence hunting everything up to but not including eland with good tough bullets in the 338-06. I have 100% confidence hunting everything up to and including eland with good tough bullets in the 375 HH. I have 100% confidence hunting everything up to and including buffalo with good tough bullets in the 416 Rem Mag. The 450 is in a different category of best use.
I have had a couple of really accurate, fully capable hunting rifles in 35 Whelen and 35 Whelen AI and have nothing against the caliber. For whatever reason, I prefer the 338-06 and it has proven absolutely effective for what I've wanted it to do.