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Light kicking 338? Yes sir

Old 04-14-2010, 06:04 AM
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Default Light kicking 338? Yes sir

Went to the range this weekend and took my new 338 with me.

It garnered a lot of interest and some comments from another shooter that shot it.

He'd been sighting in his '06 and after putting 4 rounds through the 338 He told me me was rather surprised. I could tell he was after the first shot. I saw him getting prepped for some big time recoil the first time and the look of surprise on his face when it didn't happen.

He'd just put 12 rounds through his '06, so he had a good comparison. When he was done he told me he couldn't believe how much less it kicked than his '06 shooting 180gr bullets. He was even more surprised when I told him it was pushing a 200gr bullet that was as flat or flatter than his '06 out to 300 yards and only dropped a couple more inches at 400 yds, but hit harder at all distances.

He told me he was going to have to look into one.

Several people came up and talked to me about it. They were telling me they figured it was a big bore the first time it went off. Couldn't talk them into giving it a try because they were assuming it kicked like a mule. But they liked the look and feel of the rifle a lot.

The source of all this interest? The 338 Marlin Express. Marlin definitely has a winner there. If you get a chance, give one a try.
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Old 04-14-2010, 06:18 AM
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I can only say one can't use the words "light kicking" and ".338" in the same sentence.. I own a .338 WM and even when loaded 200 or 300 fps slower than the upper areas it still kicks like a mule.. Now I don't have any experience with the 338 ME BUT it can't have any velocity because if it did "recoil" must be used in the sentence.. my .338WM is around 2800-3000 fps..sounds to me like the .338Me must be well down in the lower 2000's..
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Old 04-14-2010, 06:50 AM
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Exactly. There is no free lunch. Heavier bullet at high velocity with x amount of powder....

The only way to soften the blow is to add weight to the rifle or dial down the load.

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Old 04-14-2010, 10:31 AM
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Recoil is a funny animal.
10 people can shoot the exact same rifle and load and you will still get 10 different answers/

A 338ME shooting 200gr bullets could very well have acceptable recoil. Whats the MV on a Marlin Express anyway.

My 338-06 will shoot a 200gr around 2800fps and doesn't it turn my shoulder to mush, to me it's similar to a 180gr 30-06.
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:16 PM
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Recoil IS a subjective matter, and felt recoil is one thing to one person, something else to another. It only stands to reason that a .338 WM, 200 gr. ball @ 2800 fps. is PROBABLY going to be complained about more by a shooter of smaller stature than that of a larger person. My Model 70 XTR .338 WM has surprised a lot of shooters with it's "felt" recoil. Not bad at all. Then, on the other hand, my old 725 Rem. in .280 will loosen your fillings..... Design, wt, comb, etc......
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Old 04-14-2010, 01:42 PM
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don't know about the ME however, 338 fed loaded 2500+ pushing a 200 speer (mostly but some hornady) wops as hard as a 06 pushing 180s. But man does it put em down hard
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Old 04-14-2010, 03:31 PM
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I think recoil has a lot to do with your shooting form personally, if you know how to not get clobbered then usually you dont.
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Old 04-14-2010, 05:01 PM
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Talked to my cousin this weekend, he has a .338win.mag in a browning BAR semi-auto that has to be a light kicker...

besides the .338win.mag is *****kat

the .340wby however...
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Old 04-15-2010, 06:09 AM
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Originally Posted by salukipv1
Talked to my cousin this weekend, he has a .338win.mag in a browning BAR semi-auto that has to be a light kicker...

besides the .338win.mag is *****kat

the .340wby however...
I've got a Ruger Mark II 338 wm that had the old boat paddle syn. stock on it. I would not have called that thing a *****cat. Brutal is what it was. Boyd stock, limbsaver pad and a nice brake later it's very tame.
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Old 04-16-2010, 09:20 AM
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I own a X-bolt in .338 Win Mag.

I'm 5'6" and 160 lbs

What is all this talk about felt recoil ?

Have you not shot ducks or geese with 3 1/2 " mags.........................

My extrema kicks harder..............sorry Beretta !
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