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    To all forum members:

    As a general question, and I say this from lack of experience, how would you rate the .338 Winchester Magnum Cartridge on all game (including the Alaskan Brown Bear and as a long range cartridge for sheep)?

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    Joe

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    The 338 win mag would be my choice for big bear and with a lighter bullet it would work wonders on far off sheep!

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    For a single Alaskan caliber, the 338 WM is widely considered as one of the best. Some prefer other calibers, but the 338 has been used very successfully on all Alaskan game. I typically prefer something a little lighter for sheep (7mm), but if I could only own one gun for Alaska, the 338 would be it.

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    Nothing short of excellent, especially if you like the particular rifle it is chambered in (length, weight etc.) and you can shoot it confindently and accurately.

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    338 Win Mag is excellent for a use on any animal that Alaska offers. The 338 Win is the what I took my Dall Sheep with..

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    One word, EXCELLENT! Even with all the hype over the Ultramag and the new 338 Ruger, the faithful 338 Win Mag is all you need!

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    I carry mine for everything from the time the bears leave the den to the time they go back in.
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    I see it as an excellent all around caliber for Alaskan hunting. I use 225 grain X-bullets for all my hunting. They offer excellent penetration and a reasonable trajectory. The main reason I favor the 338 WM is because I can hunt everything with one bullet and one load. I don't need to carry one bullet weight for hunting blacktails and another for hunting brownies. One load does it all...

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    I think I read my first Elmer Keith .338 article in 1962 and shot my first .338 Win. Mag. in 1966. I bought my own .338 in 1975. I believe it is at it's best with a good 250 grain bullet at about 2750 MV and animals well over 500 lbs. For stuff smaller then that it is not needed but might be wanted for a motivated 350 lb. grizzly. I use it for all my moose, caribou, deer and bear hunting. For me it is the all around Alaskan caliber.

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    I have owned a couple and it is a great round. My first big game rifle was a Ruger M77 in 338 win mag. I wanted a 340 but my dad got me the 338. Shot my first moose with it when I was 15. Shot two deer, two moose and a sheep with the 338.
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