I have both cartridges but not in same rifle type. The 338-06 will shoot 225 gr bullets slightly faster than 220s from a 30-06. the 338 bullet will create a larger wound channel. It will also shoot heavier bullets. My 225 gr load is not at max and it is delivering about 3400 ft lbs at the muzzle as I remember(info not in front of me). It does give a little more kick on the shoulder but not terrible. My 35 whelen is actually more comfortable to shoot than either my 30 or 338-06s. Wouldn't carry one where I wouldn't carry the other.
A rebore to .35 Whelen should be a consideration. The Whelen can throw a 225 gr bullet at 2700 fps from a 22" barrel, and close to 2800 from a 24"tube. Facrory ammo for the Whelen is easier to find than .338-06.
Well the 338-06 doesn't have much to offer you then. It does have a lot to offer the Elk and Moose hunter. And it is completely suitable for Brown Bear. In the past (and pretty much today as well) it suffered from toughly constructed reloading bullets that were designed for the 338 Win Mag. .338" bullets have not been tailored to the velocity range of the 338-06 but it does better with the tough bullets than the 338 Federal can or does.
"A 30-30 is all you need. If you use a 30-06 you'll just hit a tree" -My Grandpa
as such, he does not need any rational reason to get what he wants. And besides, I thought I was cool getting a 35 Whelen 7600 23 years ago because "no one else has one" but I think he much safer in that regard getting a 338-06 !!!!
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