GUN Recommend me a good .338 Win Mag

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  1. 2slow

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    First off, to complicate matters, I'm left handed.
    I've set my sights on a stainless Sako 85, already paid for it and now my dealer says that Sako stopped building left handed rifles. You have to go Tikka for left hand, I find Tikka a bit cheap in quality.
    Blaser R8 is real nice, but fooooking expensive and a 5 month waiting time.
    Since .338 Win Mag is not a popular caliber in Europe, I don't have many options and might have to look towards American manufacture.
    Which of your rifles are good and accurate, and which ones should I avoid?

    Cliffs: looking for opinions on .338 Win Mag
     
  2. Werm

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    I know blaser makes left handed rifles but they cost a lot. A lot of people seem to own the Remington 700 and I'm pretty sure that comes in left handed.
     
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    Blaser the worlds best sniper rifles two kills with one shot

    Nothing like ending up with a bolt in your eye
     
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    LOL

    I was at the range this last weekend shooting my Rem700 (that I bought from you :wavey: ) and actually looked at the back of the bolt as I settled behind it and thought "glad this isn't a Blaser" :mamoru: :rofl:
     
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    You are in Germany, correct?

    What's a basic American rifle cost over there (like a Remmy SPS)? Might could get Pete Lincoln to spin you something up for cheaper/comparative to the high end euro makes.

    Personally.... I don't have any love for Blasers, and I've actually shot one. You guys see many Howa's over there (don't know if they make lefties off the top of my head)?
     
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    Guys... 338WM is not at all the same as a Lapua.
     
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    And what's your enamoration with the 338WM all about?
     
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    I have a ruger mk77 ultralight in .338wm. Don't know if it comes in a left but it's a hell of a gun.
     
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    I will do the bigger part of my hunting in Africa, so I need something bigger than a .308 and I don't like the 30-06 (it killed too many Germans ;-) which only leaves the .338WM
    I would like a .338 Lapua even more, but in Africa you shoot calibers whose bullets you can buy on the local market........ modern or fancy calibers have not yet made their way over to the dark continent.
     
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    :mamoru: Of course Blaser will not admit to anything, but I noticed that they completely redesigned the R95 locking mechanism for use in the new R8.
    It's amazing how Blaser R95 owners live in denial, they all sing the mantra "must have been a bad reloaded cartridge!"
     
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    I carry a Glock, so I'm familiar with that mantra as well.... more so when I owned a few Glocks in .40 :rofl:
     
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    What's on the menu?

    I assume you know that many countries have .40 floors on cartridges?

    I'm not a Safari guy, nor know what is available "commonly" over there. On the other hand, I can't think of many things a 338WM would give me the warm/fuzzies about.

    FWIW.....
     
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    .40 for dangerous animals (lions, buffaloes) afaik
    Kudu, Oryx etc you can nail with something "smaller".
     
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    Is 300WM an option? I just picked a couple random (commercially available) loads, but at least in this match-up a .300WM delivers more energy than .338WM past 300m.


    Federal .300WM 180gr Nosler Accubond vs Hornady .338WM 225gr SST

    [​IMG]


    I was just thinking that .300WM would be more readily available... in rifle chamberings and ammunition.
     
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    tikkas are pretty good rifles.
     
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    I'm getting a bit frustrated, the dealer came back today.... they don't import the stainless LH model to Europe. Looks like I will have to find a US dealer that's prepared to ship to Europe.
     
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    Did you talk to Pete Lincoln at Roedale yet?

    Seriously.... you should give him a shout. He's very easygoing and could probably help you out more than any of us could (obviously what's available in Germany isn't the same as here).
     
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    I'll give him a call on Monday and see what he can do. Thanks for the tip.
     
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    Browning A-Bolt Stainless Stalker LH - 338WM
     
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    Oh, and be sure to ask Pete his thoughts on A-borts ;)
     
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    Why don't you tell me..... as you've seen I don't have much of a choice and the Browning A-Bolt is one of the few left-handers I can have.
     

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