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#3569212 - 12/13/09 05:55 PM 338 win mag vs 325 wsm
luisss Offline
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how dose the 325 wsm in a browning blr with is 6 lbs 12 once compared to a 338 win mag in a 8 lbs 7 once

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#3569271 - 12/13/09 06:12 PM Re: 338 win mag vs 325 wsm [Re: luisss]
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I have a couple very nice 338 Win Mags and a Kimber Montana 325 WSM. My 338's are even heavier than the one that you've mentioned, these days they get left at home and I hunt the Montana instead.

The 325 is a little less gun than a 250gr 338 but there's nothing in the America's I wouldn't hunt with a 200gr TSX at 2950fps......................................DJ
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#3570266 - 12/14/09 06:03 AM Re: 338 win mag vs 325 wsm [Re: djpaintless]
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I'd say the real issue is what rifle you want. The WSM shines in light weight / shorter barrel rifles, like the BLR you mentioned. Obviously, a .325 WSM in a 6 lb rifle will kick more than most; figure a hunting rifle rather than a range rifle.

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#3570858 - 12/14/09 09:10 AM Re: 338 win mag vs 325 wsm [Re: Syncerus]
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Originally Posted By: Syncerus
I'd say the real issue is what rifle you want. The WSM shines in light weight / shorter barrel rifles, like the BLR you mentioned. Obviously, a .325 WSM in a 6 lb rifle will kick more than most; figure a hunting rifle rather than a range rifle.
..................Agreed!.......Both cartridges will take care of any NA big game. What`s more important is to get the right rifle for you in the action you want, whether in a lever or bolt, by matching the rifle as best as possible to your hunting style.

If you`re going to be doing alot of carrying, up and down from tree stand to tree stand and certainly hunting in steeper terrains, it`s better imo to pack a lighter rifle.

When it comes to picking out rifles, a couple of people I know came to later regret their purchase because they didn`t consider "ALL" of the possibilities. Sometimes emotion can over-rule common sense.
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#3571602 - 12/14/09 12:47 PM Re: 338 win mag vs 325 wsm [Re: bigsqueeze]
crittergetter Offline
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I wouldn't trade my 325WSM for a 338,that's for sure.It likes 200gr. Accubonds

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#3571626 - 12/14/09 12:55 PM Re: 338 win mag vs 325 wsm [Re: crittergetter]
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I really like the .325, but I can't stand the BLR trigger. You didn't mention what the .338 was that you were considering, but I'd lean that way due to my dislike of the BLR. But you didn't mention what you were really comparing. Ballistics? Other characteristics like handling, weight, recoil, weather resistance?
And it doesn't really matter what you are hunting as long as it's in North America, either will be plenty of gun. But how you are hunting might dictate the gun of choice.
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#3571746 - 12/14/09 01:28 PM Re: 338 win mag vs 325 wsm [Re: exbiologist]
luisss Offline
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Registered: 12/02/09
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the 338 wuld be in a browning stalker is the blr a good smooth action. i wana compare them in recoil


Edited by luisss (12/14/09 01:29 PM)

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#3572423 - 12/14/09 04:35 PM Re: 338 win mag vs 325 wsm [Re: luisss]
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Loc: Colorado
Depends on the load, but they'll be similar
http://www.handloads.com/calc/recoil.asp
BLR actions are smooth typically, but it's a pretty long throw and I don't like the triggers.


Edited by exbiologist (12/14/09 04:36 PM)
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#3572513 - 12/14/09 04:57 PM Re: 338 win mag vs 325 wsm [Re: exbiologist]
257STEW Offline
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Registered: 02/21/06
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Loc: northwest British Columbia
I have always said that the 325 is a winner. I wish one of the better gun scribes would do an article comparing the 325 to the 30/06 to see how it stacks up.The 325 with 180's should shoot as flat as an 06 with the same weight and hit as hard, and come in some fairly compact/light rifles. Use to be that if you wanted more gun than an 06 you had no choice but to go to a larger,heavier gun or go custom. Now you can go smaller,lighter thanks to the 325 and IMHO still be a step up in performance.
I now recommend the 30/06 or 325 to guys wanting to start out.The 30/06 still has more bullet choices for reloaders and more ammo choices for the non-handloader but if you are a one ammo/one load type hunter than there is no difference really.

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#3573022 - 12/14/09 06:44 PM Re: 338 win mag vs 325 wsm [Re: djpaintless]
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Originally Posted By: djpaintless
I have a couple very nice 338 Win Mags and a Kimber Montana 325 WSM. My 338's are even heavier than the one that you've mentioned, these days they get left at home and I hunt the Montana instead.

The 325 is a little less gun than a 250gr 338 but there's nothing in the America's I wouldn't hunt with a 200gr TSX at 2950fps......................................DJ


I love the .338, but you are right about the factory riles chambered for it. Way too heavy.

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