There's a LH Win M70 .338WinMag for sale in the classifieds I'd pickup if I wasn't spread so thin on other priorities.I have a custom 338 winmag, it’s a beautiful rifle. I haven’t shot it in ten years. I got it in 1991 and there’s less than 400 rounds through it.
Like an earlier poster said—I found the right load, got it dialed in (it shoots through the darn near same hole —off a sled). Once I get my rifles dialed, I don’t do much else with them except lug them around the woods a couple weekends a year—large bore bolt actions aren’t plinkers.
Not so fast to like things you've heard:The description I've heard and like best is 60 grains of powder and up is a magnum which essentially means bigger than a 30-06
They also say .17hmr and .22wmr are magnums if you only go by their name.
I wouldn't rule the ammo cost factor out for that reason. The price per round seems way more reasonable when you're looking at the rifle than it does when you're at the register with itMy guess is with the larger calibers, they are sold because of their high recoil. A secondary cause would be ammunition cost, but that factor was readily apparent prior to purchasing the gun...
There are a lot of comments on this forum where owners of large caliber handguns sold them after firing a minimum of rounds, they simply found it too unpleasant for themselves. I imagine it's similar with rifles.
Yep. Same reason some guys spend a fortune on gear and still can't hit the broadside of a barn. They're embarrassed and worried someone will laugh at them. Then they'll sell that one and get something equally expensive. Because you know, the gun's fault.I don’t think manliness is bragging or trying to prove yourself by how many rounds you shoot through high recoil rifles. If anything that is insecurity or immaturity.
Well sort of, but not really. Magnum does mean bigger and or more powerful. a Magnum of Champaine is bigger than a regular bottle. A 440 Magnum is a tuned up 440. A 300 Win Mag is much more powerful than a 300 savage. And on and on. When H&H first created a cartridge with the Magnum name they added a belt for the cartridge to head space on. With the powders of the era they thought it would make the more powerful cartridges eject easier. Now days with the modern powders and claw extractors the belt is more for looks than function.So what I'm getting is that magnum is just a marketing tactic, it doesn't necessarily mean something specific.
That's the truth! When I bought the 300 WM I was looking to scale up 270 performance to 30 caliber, basically the same sectional density bullet at the same velocity, just in a larger more elk friendly caliber. So the 130gr .277 bullet became a tad under 180 grain .308 bullet and the 150 grain .277 became a tad over 200gr. .308.I suspect many got caught up in the marketing of "Magnums" More power, more performance, more everything both on line, or ignorant buddies! Ironically, there are very few riflemen who can actually reach the very peak of performance any "Magnum" could deliver over the normal chamberings, the rest of us mere mortals must make due with our over blown cartridges which in their own right are over powered by quite a margin! There are very few "Magnums" that are actually better then the standards they are preported to be better then, 7 mm magnum being one, is it REALLY, or more accurately, Realistically better then .270 or .30/06, Nope, same with .300 Win Mag, hardly the screamer compared to the mighty .30/06, 20% more Recoil to go with its 20% increase in power to burn, all for less then 2% increase in theoretical gains! The Real Magnums are a different animal entirely, ..404 Jeffry, 405 Winchester. .416 Rigby, .458 Win, ect, ect, ect, but you do not see many people buying those unless they really know their stuff and have a real need for them and the performance to go along with them, Hell, my .375 Weatherby Magnum is PERFECT for Elk, as well as pretty much everything else, especially big bears! I actually enjoy loading and shooting that one, same with my .405 Winchester, and my ,500 Jeffrey, point is, I actually use them, and can take advantage of their performance over the lessors! Out side of all that, my all time fav "Magnum" is a .338 Win, not much you cant do with one, nor should you expect anything less! It's not for everyone, but for those who recognize it's utility and potential, it's damn near perfect!
Well, at least I don't see you going through 40 rounds at a day at the range? Bully for you if you can!75 in my .338