No Reason for a .338 for hunting if you have a .375. Maybe for ringing steel.I've lately been drawn to the 338WM as a more long range option for taking elk-sized game. I already own a 375H&H, is the 338WM unique enough to own as well?
it looks like the 375 produces about 10% more muzzle energy and while a flat shooter, is outperformed by the 338s higher BCs the further you reach out.
would you pick up a rifle in 338WM if you currently owned a 375?
No Reason for a .338 for hunting if you have a .375. Maybe for ringing steel.
@Qc_BearHunterI own both. My 338WM is a Ruger 77 MKII and my 375 is a BRNO ZKK 602.
They are what I call "dream rifle".
When I have the Ruger in hands, I just start dreaming about grizzly bears.
When I have my 375 in hands, I start dreaming about Cape Buffalo.
Remember, the .338WM and same family of cartridges, i.e. .300WM, .264 WM, 7mmRM, etc., aren't designed for short barrels as they lose too much velocity. I have a 26" barrel on my Browning A Bolt .338WM (8.5lbs. scoped) and it's never been a hindrance for ME carrying it in the thick timber here or the thick brushy creek beds we crossed on my one PG hunt in Africa. I wouldn't go below a 24" barrel in those cartridges. Of course, the Ruger .375 and .416 WERE designed for the shorter barrels.Well like most of you I too share the "problem" and would just like to add a 338 to the stable, even if it overlaps with my 375.
I'm thinking moreso on differentiating on the rifle itself as my 375 is a rather long and bulky CZ550. I'm hoping to get a more all weather 338 WM with a shorter overall length and shorter barrel vs the CZ550.
Hoping to have it scoped, slinged and loaded for 9lbs or less.
I've been looking at the Ruger Guide Guns and Sako Kodiaks.
The 7 mm RM is a great cartridge. I’ve handily taken many head of game from deer to elk and hartebeest up to zebra with mine. Fast and flat with low recoil.Also for discussions sake, is there anything the 7 RemMag does better than the 338 WinMag?
I have also been considering the 7 RM for the same role (500m+), flat shooting big game hunter.
@Nevada MikeThe 7 mm RM is a great cartridge. I’ve handily taken many head of game from deer to elk and hartebeest up to zebra with mine. Fast and flat with low recoil.
In my modest arsenal, among the more potent rifles, are a 280AI, a 30-‘06, 2 7mm RMs, a 308 Norma magnum, a .375 H&H, and a 404 Jeffery. No .338! But I have been thinking about building one on a Ruger M77 mrkII that I have available.
I’m following this conversation with some interest. A retired game warden in WA state told me, “A .338 kills elk like a 30-‘06 kills deer”. He would know, he’s shot hundreds of elk.
Or elk hunting in the mountains.
Wow, that is LIGHT. Scoped? Either way, probably not as much FUN as my Browning A Bolt .338 WINCHESTER MAGNUM! LOLMy 7 1/2 lb Rem XCR II in 375 Weatherby with a 24" barrel, synthetic stock and Trinyte metal, is light, weather resistant and accurate. It shoots 300g A-Frames or Partitions at 2800 fps (factory ammo or handloads). It shoots flatter and hits harder than a 338 Win Mag