View Full Version : Wildcat 338-06

January 23, 1999, 07:54 AM
I have a friend who is wanting to trade me a Remington custom rifle in 338-06 caliber.I'm not a rifle expert by any means and need some help on this one. I would be using the rifle on elk.Is this caliber a good one ? Would it be considered better than the 30-06 ?Thanks.

January 23, 1999, 10:21 AM
Also could this rifle possibly be rechambered to a more potent caliber ?

[This message has been edited by danl (edited 01-23-99).]

Art Eatman
January 23, 1999, 01:38 PM
From all the years of discussions in the GunMags, I believe that the .338-'06 would be considered superior to a regular '06.

It's the old argument of bullet weight and jacket thickness. Penetration in a larger animal, and breaking through heavier bones.

That particular cartridge would not be a long-range gun, as the muzzle velocity would be less than the regular .338 Magnums [magni :-)]. The recoil would be less, natcherly.

Out to, say, 250 or 300 yards, I damned sure wouldn't feel under-gunned.

I'll let somebody else talk about re-chambering...

Best luck, Art

V.A. Cop
August 5, 2001, 06:04 AM
Sorry to be chimming in so late but I just found the thread. I had a Remington M700 bdl deluxe in .270 rebarreled to .338-06 back in early May. I had a 24" Douglas Primium factory contour barrel installed, action glass bedded, a trigger job done and a pachmyer decellerator recoil pad installed. This is now my favorite rifle. It shoots sub m.o.a. all day long. With a 200 yard zero it is 2" high at 100 yards and down only 7" at 300 yards. I am shooting a 225 grain Hornady SP at 2550fps. This was probably pure luck but my best group ever (with this rifle and in my life with any rifle) was .523" three shot group at 300 yards shooting from the prone position off of my back pack. I was shooting three shot groups from field positions at 200 and 300 yards at cardboard life size deer targets. The recoil is not to bad at all, I shoot it every other Monday at the range and shoot 20 rounds from various field positions with no problems. I hope to kill and Elk with it this year. My buddy had a .338-06 built last year and killed both an Antelope and Whitetail buck with it they were both dropped in there tracks at 150 yards and 325 yards (laser range finder varified) respectively. I think it will do the same to an elk. Sorry to ramble but if you haven't traded and still can go for it.