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.
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.
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.
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...
I now only have a Sako Grey Wolf. It only shot a factory load accurately that is no longer made. I lucked out and found a reload that turned this gun into a tack driver. If you get one that prefers the heavier bullets you have a great brush gun for Pa. woods
Glad for you....I spoke with Dwight Van Brunt, their national sales manager, who told me to send it to Montana. There they re-crowned the barrel, re-bedded the action and smoothed up the rails. Their 'smith, Barry Vanderstuow, blamed the ammo as the issue, which I highly doubted...
I also shoot 3 shot groups and really have not played with loads much. Would love it if you would share your load with me via PM....
I am sorry. I thought foxsniper1 was asking about a Sako Grey Wolf in 338 Federal..As far as bad ammo in this caliber trust the gunsmith. Why do you think so many manufactures dropped this caliber. Try pulling the bullets on some factory ammo and see how the loads will vary.I sent you a couple of pms WinchesterBob with reloading info. The main lesson I personally learned is to never buy another caliber that only one manufacture makes ammo for
I love my .338 Federal!!! I do not reload any longer and have no problem locating shells. I used the Fusions up until last year when I switched to the Federal Premium 210gr Nosler Partitions.
It is an often overlooked cartridge. Recoil is very light compared to its performance!!
Nothing wrong with it, it will do the job, HOWEVER..the way these ammo manufacturers decide to produce some this month and none for the next 6 months I'd be a little nervous about anything .338 federal...just buy it in the old standard .338 WM and load it down 20%, it will be the same thing and I've never seen a shortage of 338WM anywhere anytime.