A while back a gentleman on this forum (OldRgr) contacted me knowing that I was on a quest to get a 338-06.
He just so happened to have a dandy, done up right 98 mauser in that very flavor! He allowed me to make it mine.
Had I built a 338-06 on a mauser action to my tastes it would have been exactly as this one is set up. The beautiful, hand checkered English walnut stock is very sleek without a hint of bulk. It is one of those rifles that when shouldered feels perfect. It wears a Weaver K2.5 scope held in place by Talley hardware.
This gun gets to go to Oklahoma in 5 weeks to kill a pig or two. In preparation I loaded up some Hornady 200 grain Interbonds on top of a healthy dose of Varget powder. At the range this combination proved to be a winner grouping at just over an inch at 100 yards. A 2.5 power scope isn't very user friendly for wringing out the best the gun has to offer in accuracy.
This morning just for the heck of it I pulled the k2.5 off and installed a new Redfield 3x9 and went to the range. Once at the range I bore sighted it the old fashion way. I removed the bolt and with aid of sandbags I got the gun situationed so that when looking down the bore as if it were a peep sight the white target at 100 yards was smack dab in the middle of the bore. I then adjusted the cross hairs on the scope to the middle of that white sheet of paper. The first three rounds fired all landed 3 inches high and 4 inches right and they could be covered with a quarter. A little more tweaking and I was right where I wanted to be at 2 inches high at 100 yards.
The higher magnification of the Redfield scope coupled with a perfect day weather wise allowed me to see the true potential of my new favorite middle bore. The last group I fired on the day was a good one to quit on. I put 5 rounds into 5/8ths of an inch.
When I got home I put the K2.5 back on it knowing the 1/2 inch it gives up in accuracy due to less magnification will mean nothing to those pigs...beside it looks like it belongs on this rifle.
There have been a whole lot of guns come and go at my house over the years and only a small percentage will end up being part of my estate one day......this 338-06 is one of them!