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Old 01-12-2020, 09:46 AM
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If anythingís worth doing, I guess itís worth doing ďall out,Ē so if youíre necroposting with a thread drift, might as well dig deep! Havenít seen Sheridan around in a while now, kinda stings on a Sunday morning, and old Cut Throat - man, that takes me back!!!

Iím personally a big fan of the 338 Fed, but it came to market too late; itís a hunting cartridge which came about after hunting culture was already severely in decline, and it really had no market driver to become a top selling cartridge like the 6.5 Creedmoor - itís simply a niche cartridge. However, I donít think I would really say it is on its way out, as itís far too simple to create, and folks who want one have few hurdles. It might not be a popular factory rifle offering, but it never really was. For gas guns, itís an AR-10 cartridge in an AR-15 world, so it really wasnít ever going to stand atop any mountain with dominion. But it slides into a class of niche cartridges which will continue to prosper, drawing batch runs from different makers, and popular low-cost conversions throughout the foreseeable future. Itís effectively the 35 Whelen of our time - very very few manufacturers offered .35 Whelen chambered rifles over the last 30 years+, but anyone wanting one didnít have to look very far or work very hard.

Brass, bullets, dies, and barrels are and will remain readily plentiful for the .338 Fed. Personally, in the AR-10/LFAR platform, the .338 Fed remains one of the only 3-4 cartridges I find interesting, falling behind the 6 and 6.5 creeds and 7-08. Iíve no use for a 308win AR-10, when a 6 creed or a .338 Fed can be owned.

I know a couple clutches of northern deer and bear hunters in a couple states who highly recommend the 338 Fed, younger-ish guys with enough social influence (not to be confused with social media influence) among local hunters, so I can attest, there are pockets of popularity in which the 338 Fed in an 18Ē gas gun is viewed equivalently today to the Eastern/Appalachian trends of 30-50 years ago with leverguns in 35 Rem. Iíve made good money in the last ~5-8 years mailing 338 Fed uppers into the frigid wasteland of the Great Lakes region.

For a low budget or turn-key bolt gun shooter, a nut-style drop in barrel chambered in 338 Fed can be bought from McGowen for Savage, Ruger, Remington, and a handful of others for about $450, and installed and headspaced in minutes by anyone with a bench vise. Canít complain about that.

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Old 01-12-2020, 11:11 AM
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I've owned and used several similar rifles
in similar velocity and power
358 win
35 whelen
338 caliber/284 case wild cat
you would not have a dimes worth of difference in the results,
you see hunting large game
if you use a 225-250 grain bullet in any of them,
all are very lethal
and yes they are best used with that bullet weight range

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Old 01-12-2020, 12:40 PM
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I don't think it will die, especially with the semi-renaissance owing to AR-10 platforms. I've used the .308 and the .338 on black bears. While the .338 doesn't make them any deader, I've been much happier with the holes for blood tracking.

So far, I've been using the 200-grain Fusions. An engineer at Federal suggested I give their Vital-Shok a try, and was going to buy some. Then, about two weeks ago for reasons I do not understand, the price of this particular round almost doubled overnight. They were like $27/box on several websites, then all went to $45-$50. What the hell?

I also tried their trophy copper at the range. In my rifle, it groups well, but about 2" low (IIRC).

I tried to resist the pull of the cartridge, but CDNN's $400 deal on the scoped Model 11 was too much for me.
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Old 01-12-2020, 12:54 PM
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I was looking into building a .338-06 off of a Stevens 200 I had sitting around.

Then I realized that question was easily answered with the .338fed.

I eventually ended up with .338 win mag. As it was too good of A deal to pass up.

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