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4 years 48 weeks ago, 2:05 PM

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savage .338 win mag

I am going to purchase a new rifle for elk hunting this year thinking about getting the .338 win mag made by savage arms. I like savage cause they are good quality without the blown up price. I found a dealer that will order one new from the factory,stainless barrel removable magazine and synthetic stock all things needed for the extreme november elk hunt here in washington, for 589.00. I plan on ordering it within the next to days feedback would be great. kinda worried about the kickback but I want the gun that sends thunder down the canyon not the weenie sound of the 30-06. I like for my hunting party to know it was me shooting and not the other 1000 ppl with 30-06 that way I dont have to deal with waiting around all day for them to investigate.

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4 years 48 weeks ago, 2:13 PM

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I'm no elk hunter, so correct me if i'm wrong, but do you really need the .338 win mag? I imagine the recoil would be a pain in the ass. How about the .300 win mag? Its actually a larger cartridge than the .338. Its got great range and would easily take an elk. It would have more punch than the 30-06 and gets some great velocity

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4 years 48 weeks ago, 3:07 PM

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im also concidering the mossburg 4x4 in .338 or a tikka t3 .338 I'm left handed from what i hear tikka and savage make the best for the price. I've owned savage before but am new to tikka and only owned mossburg as a shotgun never a centerfire but thier shotguns are the best in my opinion just cant find any info on if they make a left handed. the savage accutrigger and accustock really catches my eye though the ratings are exellent and its about 500 bucks cheaper than a remington of the same setup. any south paws out there know what my best choice would be of the three or even one im not listing?

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4 years 48 weeks ago, 3:38 PM

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good luck slakrwa

I've always stuck with the rem 700 platform, but as you said, its a little north of your budget. I always hear good things about savage for the price. Greasy and clitbo will know a little more about these. Im pretty sure greasy likes his savage quite a bit. As for mossberg, the do make a good shotty, just no experience their 4x4. Beretta (which is tikka) is the same.

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4 years 48 weeks ago, 4:10 PM

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Wow, and I thought I was compensating for something.

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4 years 48 weeks ago, 9:27 PM

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I went to the gun store expecting to order one. found a new ruger .338 stainless barrel synthetic stock for 609.00 then i bought a leupold 3-9x40, spring loaded lens covers, and a safari ching sling made by galco int. :( im good at spending money but i didnt have to wait and order it like i expected so now i have more time to get use to the cannon when all was said and done dropped 1000 bucks into a gun that is set up to hunt anything bigger than a deer. not sure i would shoot it a a deer although it will knock it down might even do a flip before it hits the ground. will post pictures soon. thanks again for the feedback

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4 years 48 weeks ago, 9:38 PM

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good choice

sounds like a winning combination,let me know how you like shooting the .338 as that caliber is kind of growing on me,thanks

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4 years 48 weeks ago, 10:11 PM

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will do, im told it will blow a big hole in a deer. have you tried? lol im just curious, if i could leave the 30-06 at home that would be cool.

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4 years 48 weeks ago, 10:42 PM

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Big hole in deer

Good thing to do. Killing 'em just isn't quite enough, is it?

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4 years 48 weeks ago, 11:34 PM

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tracking is over rated, if your gonna shoot em drop em

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4 years 48 weeks ago, 2:33 PM

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Drop 'em is good

Putting a .30-06 in the heart will stop it a hell of a lot faster than putting a .338 in the gut. Just a thought.

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4 years 48 weeks ago, 5:00 PM

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heart shot?

runawaygun762 wrote:
Putting a .30-06 in the heart will stop it a hell of a lot faster than putting a .338 in the gut. Just a thought.

elk are pretty big dude, ive seen alot of hunters tracking a wounded animal because they used a 30-06 and didnt have proper placement of thier shot. true a shot to the heart will take an elk down, at 200 yards in the mountain terrain good luck getting that shot in. .338 will knock it down simply by breaking the spine or shank. I think thats a little more humain than wounding a animal cause you missed your heart shot, note the heart tastes better if you dont shoot it.

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4 years 48 weeks ago, 2:35 PM

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Well maybe if the Liberal/Socialist controlled the Deer Hunting, we could just talk to the deer and they would surrender...

4 years 48 weeks ago, 2:42 PM

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They'll contract lyme disease from the ticks, go to the hospital, and the administrators will say because they're seven years old, the cost/benefit ratio isn't right and euthanize them. Then the hospital will sell the meat to help pay the healthcare bill. Ah, ObamaCare.

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4 years 37 weeks ago, 7:31 PM

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.338 Win Mag

Elk are bigger than deer. But they are not hard to put dowen, just make your first shot an accurate shot and it is a done deal.
I would not feel under gunned with a .30-30 going after elk.
Shot placement is where it is at not shooting a rifle that kicks like a mule.
Here in Wyoming we have a lot of elk and have seen everything from a .243, .30-30 and even a .25-35 used on elk with out any problems. No I would not recommend a .25-35 for elk but if thats is all you have it can work.
What I am saying is find a caliber that you will enjoy shooting and you will be a better game shot for it.
The .338 is a thumper for sure and for the average guy it maybe to much of a good thing.
Hope your hunt went well.

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