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Browning A-bolt 338 win mag.

Just picked one up for less than 500.00 Wasn't really looking to buy one but for that price it got added to the collection. Now what do I expect from this gun if it ever does get used?

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Re: Browning A-bolt 338 win mag.

Will do a very good job! My dad has one and he uses it for deer and bear! He loads his own ammo but to buy it from the store its EXPENSIVE! It has pretty good recoil so be prepared!
You may wanna get a muzzle brake installed!

It doesnt blow a big hole either so no worries there!
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Re: Browning A-bolt 338 win mag.

It's an excellent elk/bear rifle. Using the proper bullets, you can hunt deer with it if you wish, and you won't damage much meat. But put a light for caliber ballistic tip in it, and shoot a deer in the shoulder, and you'll waste half of your meat. Recoil isn't bad, if you're used to shooting magnums, or 3.5 inch 12 gauge loads. I'd suggest against the muzzle break. Muzzle breaks are loud, and if you hunt without ear protection while using the brake, you'll be close to deaf after a few rounds.

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It's an excellent elk/bear rifle. Using the proper bullets, you can hunt deer with it if you wish, and you won't damage much meat. But put a light for caliber ballistic tip in it, and shoot a deer in the shoulder, and you'll waste half of your meat. Recoil isn't bad, if you're used to shooting magnums, or 3.5 inch 12 gauge loads. I'd suggest against the muzzle break. Muzzle breaks are loud, and if you hunt without ear protection while using the brake, you'll be close to deaf after a few rounds.

A controled expansion, lighter weight .338 bullet will do a number on deer without destroying alot of meat. For up to really big black bear, elk and moose, mid weight controled expansion or solid coppers will knock em flat. For the BIG bears, Go heavy and go with tough bullets and it'll do the job.

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Re: Browning A-bolt 338 win mag.

I got the same one many years ago, barnes x-bullet 200 grain, just like fmj in whitetails..
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Re: Browning A-bolt 338 win mag.

Ive had one for quite a few years now and love it.

Mine has a BOSS system on it. Factory ammo, 3 shot groups will touch at 100 yds...all day long.

Love it...I hope you have the same experience.

I saw a Winchester .300wm on here for sale over the weekend. That would be a nice pickup for someone...same setup with BOSS.

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Re: Browning A-bolt 338 win mag.

Thanks fellas. Yes mine has the BOSS system as well.

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Re: Browning A-bolt 338 win mag.

If it is with the BOSS, I would highly recommend the BOSS CR to hunt with so you or your partners don't go deaf.
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Re: Browning A-bolt 338 win mag.

I had one in a Mod 70 and it knocked elk down faster than anything I ever used. With a boss system it will be very loud to the point where I feel it is very dangerous to your hearing or anyone with you. kudu has it right, get the BOSS CR.
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Re: Browning A-bolt 338 win mag.

I too have the BOSS CR on my .338 (and also 7mm mag), just dont forget you will need to shoot it in when you change the BOSS tips.

Last time I changed my .338 around it moved my POI about 8" up and to the right.

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