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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 08-24-2014, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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338 Federal?

Thinking of getting a Sako Grey Wolf in that caliber. Any feed back on the 338 Federal seems like a nice round and I'm looking for an excuse to start reloading
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Re: 338 Federal?

To me the .338 Federal is an answer to a question nobody ever asked............. kinda like the .308 & .338 Marlins, the .30 T/C, the .300 & .338 RCM's, etc...............etc...........

HOWEVER.......... far be it from me to try to dissuade a feller from buying an obscure, niche caliber. I own waaaay too many of those myself and enjoy them immensely.

Personally, if I were looking to buy a short action medium and wanted to reload, I'd buy a .358 Win. But that's just me. I see scarce little real world difference or advantage to the .338 Fed over the .308 Win other than exponentially less ammo availability. But if you're looking for a reason to start loading, you found it in the .338 Federal.

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Re: 338 Federal?

Sako grey wolf, very nice. Don't have one though. I would check around a little for availability of ammo and/or reloading brass before making the leap to an uncommon caliber.
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Re: 338 Federal?

If you want to reload, do not worry about factory ammo or brass. 338 Federals are easily formed with one pass in any standard 338 Fed sizing die from good ol 308 brass, same as 358 Win is.

While I do not have a 338 Fed, I am a big fan of the 358 Win currently owning 3 guns so chambered. Most of my brass for them was simply easily made from 308 cases, you can do the same with the 338 Fed.
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Re: 338 Federal?

Well it looks like the deed is done now to look for reloading supplies
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Re: 338 Federal?

Good luck with the new gun! Buy a couple of good manuals and do some reading before you start. Remember the Golden Rule: Always start low and work up! Learn to watch for pressure signs.
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Re: 338 Federal?

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Well it looks like the deed is done now to look for reloading supplies
A great round.
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Re: 338 Federal?

I have had seven guns in the 338 Federal. I am now down to just one. As long as I can still shoot a rifle this will still be my favorite caliber. I have 243,7mm-08 and 308 and I am only saving them for when I can't handle the recoil anymore.
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Re: 338 Federal?

I still have an early Kimber .338F...Unfortunately, it is one of the ones with issues. Returned it to their Montana facility and was told its inaccuracy was Federal's fault for them turning out bad ammo when the cartridge was first legitimized..I have it shooting into an inch and a half now which is fine but am still disappointed with the rifle...
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Re: 338 Federal?

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I had trouble with mine. It took awhile but I have it at about 1" with certain reloads. Since the barrel is so light I shoot 3 shot groups.

When I first got mine the rifle was bedded in a way that the rifle sat on the mag box when you tightened it down. I corrected that problem and re-bedded the rifle.

I sent it back to Kimber to have them correct the lock timing.

The last thing I did was re-crown the muzzle.

Now I'm happy with it.
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