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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-25-2011, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Question for you 338 Federal owners

Well I tried searching in here but couldn't find anything within the last year about this case. I'm was kicking around the idea of getting a .338 Federal and I was wondering if anyone here has one. What for bullets are you guys using and how did they perform for you? Also, if you know, what twist is your barrel, and what length is it. Thanks.
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Re: Question for you 338 Federal owners

I never heard of a 338 federal but i own a 338 edge and have heard of the following 338's.
338 win. mag
338 rum
338 laupa
338 edge
338 hart
338 norma
338 allan mag
338 allan express
338-06
338 ai
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Re: Question for you 338 Federal owners

338 federal works in a short action
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Re: Question for you 338 Federal owners

My buddy has a .338 Federal in a Ruger Hawkeye. He hasn't had it long and has only shot deer with it. But he's shooting a 200 grain Hornady Interlock at, I believe, close to 2600 FPS. I was with him for a doe this fall that he got and that bullet combo performed excellent.
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Re: Question for you 338 Federal owners

I have a .338 Federal in a T/C Encore----I shoot Federal Fusion 200gr bullets(Factory). I am quite pleased with the caliber BUT have not harvested an animal with it yet. It is accurate at the range.
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Re: Question for you 338 Federal owners

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338 federal works in a short action
Yup that's mainly why I'm looking at it, I have an extra action that needs a purpose. Sounds like they shoot well too. Thanks for the input so far fellas.
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Re: Question for you 338 Federal owners

The 338F is the old 'cat 33-08, the 308 simply necked to 338 without any other changes. Federal just made it "Official".

It seems to be an easy cartridge to tune. Almost any combination shot well enough, but 4895-BR2-Sierra 215 GK stuffed into Lapua brass works the best.

I put mine together on a 200 action, Shilen 22" SS mag taper barrel.

Kill'n stuff? My son fired three shots, three deer, no tracking skills required. Not much else to say.

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Re: Question for you 338 Federal owners

My Ruger Hawkeye shoots better with heavier bullets. The lighter bullets shoot OK, around 1.5 inches at 100 but I was not happy with that. I used WildBill's recomendation of 4895 and the 215 Sierra and was happy. It shoots sub-moa with that combo. I shot a 200+lb boar in south carolina last year with a 200gr speer hotcore. Killed it with one shot. I've heard bullet impacts on animals before but never heard one as loud as that shot. I shot a doe this year using the 215gr sierra and was happy with its performance
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Bill did you ever chronograph that load by any chance? I'm probably going to go with a 20" Shilen.
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Re: Question for you 338 Federal owners

Don't waste your money...get yourself a good ole' .338 Win Mag and end your pain..it'll take care of 99% of anything you hit with it with one shot, a true classic that has stood the test of time. With these modern reduced loads they sell you can tone it down if you'd like and if you reload you can adjust it anyway you want...ammo available everywhere on the planet all the time matters also.
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