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Old August 7, 2012, 02:05 PM   #1
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338 Federal

Hi All, new on forum, thought I should share what a great rifle and load combination I hit on! I am getting 2754 f.p.s. over my chrono with a 200gr bullet and 3 shots go into 1.1 inch at 100 yds.! Hope to use this on deer, elk and bear this fall.

Shooting a Kimber 84 Classic in .338 Federal w/Leupold 3x9 w/LRD reticle. Beautiful wood for off-the shelf and the whole rig weighs 6lbs.11oz. Broke it in w/Federal ammo (just to shoot and get the brass).

Reloading these Federal cases now (50+ years loading experience) w/200gr. Speer Hot-Core, Fed210 primer and 52gr. Alliant PowerPro 2000MR powder (per the Alliant website and yes I worked up to it).

This round seems to have little following but with results like this I don't know why!
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Old August 8, 2012, 02:09 AM   #2
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Sounds like a great killer! Keep us posted of the results this fall.
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Old August 8, 2012, 04:17 PM   #3
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I'm going to have one some day , when I find the right donor 760 action (already have barrel) . Don't need to hurry though , the .358 is getting it done just fine for now !
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Old August 9, 2012, 01:26 PM   #4
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I've always thought that would be a fun round to play with. One of these days....
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Old August 10, 2012, 06:36 AM   #5
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The .338 Federal fascinates me. I think it would be an incredible cartridge for a lever action rifle like the Savage 99.

Many years ago a friend's father had a custom .338-.300 Savage that he used to very good effect.

Velocities were pretty sedate because of the short case neck/action requiring bullets to be seated fairly deeply, but it was an exceptional game getter.
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Old August 19, 2012, 02:07 AM   #6
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How is the recoil?

How is the recoil of that load in that little Kimber? I ask because I have designs on the same only in the Montana.
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Old August 19, 2012, 12:27 PM   #7
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The 338 Federal got a lot of press and praise from the gun media when it first came out. I was sceptacle of the velocity claims they made for it, but it seems to be proving out. It performs best with priority powers unavailable to us. A somewhat specialized midrange cartridge, it appears to be fairly big medicine in a small package. It should be a great choice for elk in the timber.
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Old August 20, 2012, 09:04 AM   #8
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Recoil is stout in this 6lbs11oz Kimber. Feels about the same as a 300WSM Model 70 at the bench but less than my buddies 338 WinMag Model 70. All are walnut stocks. It is a JOY to carry and the recoil will not be noticed when hunting.
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Old August 21, 2012, 07:33 PM   #9
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I found my donor 760 . It's in .280 Rem. I'm going to make a switch barrel out of it . .338 Fed. and .280 Rem. should cover most hunting tasks , don't you think ? Have a new action bar coming , so I can upgrade it to the short tube action of the post 68s . I like the newer wood much better and I have a drawer full of it , and with the short tube they don't "rattle" . That seems to concern people that have never hunted with a 760 !
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Old August 21, 2012, 07:39 PM   #10
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If you've got a long action, then go with 338-06. Mild loads throw 200-210s 2500-2600. I had my barrel(22") long throated and have chrony'd 200 Horndays to 2810 in my Model 700.
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Old August 23, 2012, 11:45 AM   #11
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I like the Federal 338 for the simple fact it is a mid bore caliber that will work on AR10 style rifles,one of these days I want to buy a upper and get reloading!...Looks like a interesting short action cartridge.
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Old August 24, 2012, 01:11 PM   #12
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Don't want a 338-06 , BTDT . I'm not a fan of the 30-06 or it's offspring . Would you be interested in a .243 Super Rockchucker barrel for a 700 ? Comes with dies ! If you like speed this will launch a 75 Grain bullet at 4,000 + FPS .
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