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    Default Medium bore/Intermediate Range cartridges.

    So many options out there:

    338 federal,338-06,338 RCM, 348 winchester, 356 winchester, 358 winchester, 350 rem. magnum, 35 Whelen, 9.3x62 mauser.

    I consider all of these to be honest 300 yd. rifles with plenty of energy and range. Not long range, but very useful and practical cartridges for Alaska. Anybody have a particular affinity for one of the unique cartridges I listed?

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    I have a 338 RCM, it's a very compact rifle with a lot of power.
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    I have a 338-06 that's a favorite, built on a mod70 Winchester.
    I've just about decided to buy a 338 rcm, been reading up on it for a few days. Went to the gun store and handled it for awhile.
    I think it's going to be a nice elk rifle.
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    I've been studying the .338 Federal since it's introduction...it's on the short list of cartridges to get in the near future. As soon as a Kimber Montana in that chambering comes into view I'll likely buy it. I'd probably add the .325WSM to that list as well.

    I really like the "intermediate" class of medium bores very much.

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    I am very fond of the 350Rem. Using the 225gr Sierra, I'm getting just a smidge over 2800fps at about 5/8" Group.

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    You ran into another .35 fan here. I bought a Remington 7600 in .35 Whelen back in 88 when it first came out. I am not a gun hunter but have taken one moose, 3-4 caribou some ptargiman and squirrels with it. I love it! Fast pointing, pretty good accuracy, likes 200 grain roundnose for some reason. Not one animal harvested has move from orm their tracks. The moose actually fell foreward on its chin.

    I also have a .350 Remington mag. barrel for my Encore that I have never shot (waiting for someone to buy me a scope.)

    I love the .35's because I can shoot .357 pistol bullets all the way up to 250 grain round nose. There are heavier but I have never found the need.

    One gun I would love to have, a .358 Win. in a Browning BLR. A very sexy rifle.

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    When my son graduated from college I (and my gun smith) put together a custom 338-06 for him. When I get too old to shoot my 375H&H (hopefully many years from now), I'll make a 338-06 for myself. I think it's a very sexy cartridge...well...not "sexy" in the true sense of the word...guess I shouldn't have said that...never mind.

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    +1 for the 325WSM

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    I love all .35's, but either a .356 or .358 Winchester will likely be my next rifle project. It will fill the gap between my 35-30/30 and my .358 Norma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by travelers View Post
    I have a 338-06 that's a favorite, built on a mod70 Winchester.
    Me too. +1
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    I'm set on the 9.3x62. I won't argue that it's better than the others listed just an interesting cartridge.

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    I'm a Whelen guy though and through, though I own and hunt with a 338/06, 338 Federal & 358 Winchester. This year my Whelen accounted for a 'bou for the freezer, a 42" moose and a nine foot brown bear. Tough to not have a lot of love for such a performer.
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    Medium bores rock. Of the one's you mentioned I own a 338 RCM, 35 Whelen, and just received back my SS Ruger barreled action back from ITD in 9.3x62. If I had to pick just own it would be the 9.3's

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    338-06 ACK IMPROVED is my MID BORE HUNNY

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    Love my .358 NORMA -- but the .35 WHELEN is a really good killer too.

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    Most of those have come and gone in my rack, but I still have three 358 Winnies. That says a lot- but more about the fact that I like the particular guns (Savage 99, Win 88 and custom bolt) than favoring one cartridge over the other. In that ballistic range any of them will do, and each of us will prefer one model or another..... Or three.

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    My first ever custom rifle was/is a .338-06 built on an Interarms Mark X action, which was my first centerfire rifle (.30-06). I bought the rifle at the University Center Pay N Save. I like it a lot.

    I do wonder about one thing though, when people list the medium bores the 9.3X64mm is always left off. I think this a very interesting round.
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    I have 49 350 remington mag factory rounds I will sell real cheap they are loaded with 200gr remignton CL. As far as the 350 and 358 I do not consider them a legit 300yd rifles... I have owned both, and they were both in rugers, the 358 with 225 past 200yds had rainbow trajectory so why push it when I could use my 338 win mag, The 350 remington mag all I used in it were 250 gr bullets talk about rainbow trajectory but I would not heisitate to shoot it out to 200-225yds, now with 225 then yeah might be, but the 35 caliber bullets have a horrible B.C. I love the 35's but why try to make it something it isn't and that is a 300 yd rifle, yes we can pour over the reloadign manuals and assume it would be a 300 yard rifle. Please Mainer don't take this the wrong way... I have 358 norma mag that I need to get back from the gunsmith now that is the tits for the 35 calibers. the 9.3x62 is also a sweet round as well, there is a fellow down in Kenai who has necked up the 338 or 300 win mag case (cant' remember) to the 9.3 and the results have been pretty good ( which I think would be the 370 sako magnum.

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    Don't believe the 370 Sako has a belt on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowwolfe View Post
    Don't believe the 370 Sako has a belt on it.
    You are correct it does not have a belt. Don't know what the 370 offers over the 9.3x62 they say the 370 is close to the 9.3x66.

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