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littlehoot
October 29, 2009, 20:24
thinking about building one, was wonderin what kind of success i could expect, accuracy and whatnot.

i plan on using it as an elk rifle. sufficient???

splattermatic
October 29, 2009, 21:58
i have one built on an fn commercial mauser action by er shaw.
it shoots real well. i am running rldr 15 under a 250 hornady round noser at just around 2500 fps.

it's more than adequate for elk, even moose and bear.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/splattermatic/walnutmauser2.jpg
some bling, bling rings...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/splattermatic/walnutmauser3.jpg
and how it shoots..
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/splattermatic/afterbedding2.jpg

making brass is as simple as running 30-06 brass thru a 338-06 sizing die.
that's it !

easttex
October 29, 2009, 22:54
A 338-06 is to a .338 Win Mag what a 30-06 is to a .300 Win Mag.

MAINER
October 30, 2009, 13:01
Don't have one at present, but it would be my choice if I wanted something with a little higher thump factor than the 30-06.

It has a high BC and SD which means it shoots flat and retains energy way out there. I just like it because it shoots big bullets accurately and few others have one. :D

A Square offered this chambering at one time, but reloading is a must.

Good article;
http://www.quarterbore.com/library/articles/33806.html

Loads;
http://www.handloads.org/loaddata/default.asp?Caliber=338-06&Weight=All&type=Rifle&Order=Powder&Source=

Depending on your action length, you might like the .338 Federal.

Splat, that's good shooting and a nice rifle, but them white spacers suk! :tongue:

littlehoot
October 30, 2009, 18:35
mainer, you have the same reasonings i have in wanting one. i'm thinking on a 30 06 savage action barreled up by shaw witha fluted heavy barrel and new stock. i have plenty of 06 brass, and figured why not use it for more than the 06. its only a set of dies and different boolits......

splattermatic
October 30, 2009, 19:15
it came that way.

Randall
October 31, 2009, 12:26
I'm a .35 Whelen fan myself. I own two. Though I do have an Adams and Bennet .338-06 short chambered barrel for a large ring Mauser action in the garage. Maybe someday I'll actually do something with it. And, yes, it'll kill elk just fine within it's range.

Tonk
November 03, 2009, 20:12
Littlehoot......I put one together a few years ago (worn barrel in 30-06) used a pencil thin barrel, lightweight stock and the barrel was 21 inches. It started out as a model 70 Winchester pre-64 (no lectures about collector value ok) 30-06 and it became my backup rifle for my wildcat .338/300Ultra mag.

The .338/06 will do anything a .338 mag will do out to 275 yards! It has become my go to rifle for the high country, where the air gets mighty thin. The rifle and Leupold scope weigh around 6.85 pounds. It's a big game taker for the lower 48 for sure. I generally shoot Nosler 210 grain bullets out of this rifle but have also shot the 250 grn weight bullets also. It shoot's 1.25 MOA with both weight bullets using my handloads.

fishnlure
November 03, 2009, 23:00
I built one on a savage action with a #5 shilen barrel and a vais muzzle brake. I finally got around to having it bedded last week and am planning to take it to the range again this week. I have tried a few different bullets with it, but it seems to shoot the best with 215 grain Sierra game kings.
http://home.comcast.net/~fishnlure/guns/savage1.jpg

PASHOOTER
November 19, 2009, 11:51
I used a 338-06 in South Africa to take this guy and 5 other animals. 225 gr Hornady at 2700fps. Rifle built using a FN Mauser military action and Adams & Bennett barrel in a Bell & Carlson Medalist stock. Great caliber for big game. The A&B barrel is not a match grade but it will shoot into 1 1/2 MOA. The problem with the 338-06 is no factory ammo avalible . Norma does make proprerly marked brass.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k84/LGS_2006/P1010001.jpg

koathmann
November 19, 2009, 12:31
Why not 9.3x62? raff makes brass and bullets go from 232gr to 300 . 250gr ballistic tip at 2647fps

Sig220
November 19, 2009, 12:57
Originally posted by koathmann
Why not 9.3x62? raff makes brass and bullets go from 232gr to 300 . 250gr ballistic tip at 2647fps


More like WHY 9.3x62??? You would have to buy special cases and all.

The likely reasoning for 338-06 is this post:

" posted by: littlehoot ............ mainer, you have the same reasonings i have in wanting one. i'm thinking on a 30 06 savage action barreled up by shaw witha fluted heavy barrel and new stock. i have plenty of 06 brass, and figured why not use it for more than the 06. its only a set of dies and different boolits......"

koathmann
November 19, 2009, 14:05
9.3 can be made from 06 brass .

Sig220
November 19, 2009, 14:38
Originally posted by koathmann
9.3 can be made from 06 brass .

Touche!!!

I still don't want nothing to do with that 9.3 thing......:wink:

Okay already, I shoot some metric, but its common metric ammo.......9mm & etc.

Gave up on 30-06 long time ago........I like the short action rifles and it won't fit!!

owlcreekok
November 19, 2009, 15:03
I am fighting the bug just now, but a .375 Ouch & Ouch sounds best to me. Maybe a 9.3.

Hard to justify though, since I never hunt Avids.

koathmann
November 19, 2009, 15:30
Cz makes 9.3 bolt guns . Nosler,norma,sellar&bellot and outhers make factory 9.3 ammo.

PASHOOTER
November 19, 2009, 17:44
The parent case for the 338-06 is the 30-06 and can be made from these. I use 270 cases. Takes one more step to size up the neck, but they are longer and I can trim them to the length I want.