Many are good, but a .338 is awesome!

by Jeff
(Rawlins, WY)

I've killed a few bulls and I would say that a .338 is probably the best elk caliber. Mind you, they do recoil more than a .30-06 and .270 Win, but they are a great elk caliber. The .338 isn't the best for all types of game, but it is ideally suited for elk. Either the .338 Win Mag or the .338 Rem Ultra Mag works great!

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by Tim
(Lynchburg, OH, USA)

In my reloading and hunting experiences, if I were to have only 1 rifle for hunting elk, including buffalo and bears, in North America, I'd pick (and I have it) the 338 RUM loaded with 97 gr of RL 25 with a 225 Nosler Accubond. This load chronographs at 3150 fps and will shoot 1/2" groups at 100 yds off the bench. If you wanted to use 180 gr bullets or lighter, the 300 RUM has an edge, but with bullets of 200+, the ballistics of the 338 RUM have the distinct advantage due, in part, to the fact that the BC of the Nosler 225 is .550, superior to the Nosler 200 gr which has a BC of only .414 CHECK IT OUT!

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.338 Winchester Magnum

by HJ Lamb
(Great Falls, MT)

I live and hunt in Montana. In over 50 years of hunting, one caliber stands out as what I consider the best, at least where I hunt along the Rocky mountain front and nearby foothills like the Little Belts, Bears Paws and Highwoods. That caliber happens to be the .338 Winchester Magnum.

Yes, it does recoil heavy and doesn't treat you nice when sighting in and working up loads in the 250 to 270 grain range. But elk aren't the only critters you are likely to share turf with and maintaining top rung on the food chain is a serious consideration.

My last elk was a big cow and I got her up in Gulch #2 just East of Lincoln, MT. I hit her in the heart/lung area and she stayed put without need for a second shot. I have used .308, .30-06, 7mm Rem Mag and .358 Winchester but the .338 speaks with thunder and is a good round for Griz if needed.

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by paul

338 Marlin express. Light, fast shooting, hard hitting, manageable recoil, and for a lever gun - very accurate. I've been practicing with mine for a few weeks now in my work ups to a Sept. Rocky Mountain elk hunt - and it's accuracy out to 300 yds is surprising. Used it last year on a northern Quebec caribou hunt - 1 shot, 140 yds on a running boo - down and dead - no run.

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