a joint venture between hornady and marlin produced some of the fastest, most powerful, and accurate traditional lever rifles extent. in 2009 hornady's ballistics dept under the direction of dave emary developed a cartridge with a ballistics match to the 30-06 180gr load. with a muzzle velocity of 2565fps and energy of 2921 this bullet retains 1500 ft pounds of energy at 400yds .featuring the flatest trajectory and down range energy of any cartridge ever made. this 200gr flex tip bullet is an honest 400yd gun, and has enough energy for any north american game.
in 2011 my .338 marlin express took two elk with two hits...2012 it accounted for a whitail with one more shot. my rifle is stock except for the excellent trigger and ejector from wild west guns ( thanks kid ). i lapped the bolt and mounted a 4x burris scope and found this combination to be a favorite.
bench shooting is accurate and pleasant, and shooting from field positions is easy with the 24" barrel and excellent stock/recoil pad. this rifle and cartridge may not be a substitute for your old favorite, but it is really beginning to grow on me.