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Re: FN 338-06 [Re: 338Rules] #14117811 09/11/19
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Originally Posted by 338Rules
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Here is a link to my recent Fire Classifieds purchase of a 338-06 FN Mauser.

www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/14114129

I mounted a Bushnell 4200 Elite 2.5-10x50 Firefly in med Weaver rings. Scope already with rings was sitting on my work bench. Gun came with steel Weaver compatible bases.

I think I'm gonna like it. Waiting on dies, got new W/W 30-06 brass to form into 338-06 rounds. Have 200 gr. Speer and 225 Federal Fusion bullets and most any powder one could think of for this round. gunner500 likes H-380. H-4320 has long been a classic with RL-15 a popular choice. Some like RL-17 for a slight velocity edge. I have those and a bunch more in that general burn rate range. Just for local WT's and hogs, don't think I need premium bullets. With big chunks of lead like these two, I think I'll be well prepared for whatever.

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DF - I’d like to hear more about your experience, and overall impressions wrt that scope & reticle.
Does it work much better in low light ? How is resolution at 10X in daylight ?

Thanks

I've used that scope on other guns. It has great glass, about VX-3 level. It's a good low light scope. The heavy reticle takes some getting used to. It does have fine wires at the center for precise work, then two step ups instead on one as in a duplex. That's why I refer to it as a triplex. The Firefly feature will glow for a while after being charged with a flashlight. It doesn't last that long, has to be re-energized. But, it's pretty neat for a non-illuminated reticle.

DF

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Re: FN 338-06 [Re: 338Rules] #14118046 09/11/19
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Originally Posted by 338Rules
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LOL, Guess I may just have to do myself a favour!


I am telling you, you do not need one...…. grin




I am still on the fence, but....... thinking about a Interarms Mark X 30-06 re-bored to 338-06 be JES. Hmmmmmm!!!!!!!! Already looking at one.


With the taper on the ‘06 case, it really is easiest to go with a CRF Mauser action and a simple rebore.

If you haven’t seen it, search out AlaskaLanche’s thread on his 84L bored out to 338,
and lopped off at 20”. — Lite Done Rite , iirc was the thread title



I did a quick search and came up with nothing on that thread. Doesn't cutting the barrel down create excessive muzzle blast? Did you hit the deer? Nope!.... but the muzzle blast got him!

Re: FN 338-06 [Re: Dirtfarmer] #14120546 09/12/19
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I have been interested in the .338-06 since Steve Timm's article in Handloader #109. Just got one from Melvin, gotta be the pinnacle for that cartridge! BTW, Midway has a sale on 35 Whelen brass, IMO the best way to start. Neck them down until they just chamber with no headspace, you can fire a full load right from the start.


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Re: FN 338-06 [Re: longbarrel] #14120661 09/12/19
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I'm looking at #109 Handloader mag for sale on line, but there is no table of contents.

If that's the one, for sure, with Steve Timm's 338-06 article, I'll order it. This one has a Pro Melt electric lead pot on the front cover. See link.

https://www.wolfeoutdoorsports.com/handloader-109-may-1984/

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Re: FN 338-06 [Re: Dirtfarmer] #14122645 09/13/19
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Just ordered Handloader #109.

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Re: FN 338-06 [Re: Dirtfarmer] #14122992 09/13/19
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DF,when I had a .338/06 I used RL-15 and 225 grain NP's. I would start with RL-15 and go from there.


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Re: FN 338-06 [Re: elkhunternm] #14123005 09/13/19
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Originally Posted by elkhunternm
DF,when I had a .338/06 I used RL-15 and 225 grain NP's. I would start with RL-15 and go from there.

Thanks, Elk.

Have 225 gr Fed Fusion, RL-15. Will see how that combo works.

DF

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Re: FN 338-06 [Re: Dirtfarmer] #14124509 09/13/19
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I have an FN 338-06. Mine does well with RL15, RL17, H4350 and Ramshot Hunter and 210-225s. The edge regarding velocity and accuracy goes to RL17 in mine. Over time, I have drifted to 225s in mine.Seems to be an easy cartridge to load for.

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Would you mind sharing your best load?

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Thanks.

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Re: FN 338-06 [Re: Dirtfarmer] #14124639 09/13/19
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My best loads for my 338-06:
200gr Accubond or Ballistic Silvertip
Win Case,WLRM Primer
59.0grs of Big Game or 59.0grs of CFE223
These run a tad over 2800fps out of my rifle

210 Partition
Win Case,WLRM Primer
54.0grs Varget
This load runs a little over 2700fps out of my rifle
Really,I found the 338-06 to be easy to load for.With the 200gr bullets,I think any powder between say Varget to 4350 will give you an acceptable load.
59.0grs Big Game 2812fps
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59.0grs CFE223 2807fps
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54.0gr Varget 2721fps
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Re: FN 338-06 [Re: baldhunter] #14125145 09/14/19
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Good info.

That Big Game load looks familiar... Did pretty well in my HVA '06 wtih 130 gr. Ralph Council match grade bullets.

Guess I could join Pharmseller, pimping Big Game powder... grin

It is good stuff.

Seems Varget works well with 200's. Varget is a very consistent powder, ususally with low S.D.'s, probably why it's so popular with target shooters.

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Re: FN 338-06 [Re: Dirtfarmer] #14126243 09/14/19
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My first custom was a stainless m77 mkII action rebarreled to 338-06. I never killed anything with it but it shot well. I sold it to someone here in the fire in a moment of weakness. I thought it was a great go anywhere do anything round and it probably was but I realized a standard 30-06 was too and ammo was everywhere.

Those 06 based rounds just feed well and hold more in the mag than magnums. I just went through a phase where i got rid of everything between 30 and 375 and the 338-06 fell victim to that. So did my little 20" 338 rcm stainless that i kind of miss.

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