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Posted: 1/7/2006 9:17:28 AM EDT
I'm moving to Alaska soon so I traded an AR for a Ruger M77 in .338 Mag. Anyone have one? Any opinions about the gun or caliber?
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 11:28:43 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2006 11:30:06 AM EDT by nyeoj]
Great rifle, awesome round. Now all you need is a Leopuld 1.5-5 and you are set. The 77 is an incredibly durable and usable rig. I wish my 77 had fiber optic sights. I havent used them since I zeroed them and mounted the scope but just in case.......
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 2:30:10 PM EDT
Its a premier Elk cartridge. It is popular in Alaska because of bears..(same here in Montana to an extent).
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 2:47:48 PM EDT
a buddy of mine has a Ruger model one in .338wm, that is one incredibly fun weapon to shoot. I love that round
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 4:28:52 PM EDT
It's an Alaskan standard and it is one of the best choices.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 4:38:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2006 4:40:38 PM EDT by Lion_Dog]
I have a Custom Lightweight with Kalhes 1.5-6x aluminum weighs 6 3/4lbs and shoots under 3/4 with factory ammo.

I've killed numerous deer, moose, caribou and black beer.

Awesome caliber for North America.


ET: sp
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 6:22:42 PM EDT
It's all I use anymore. .338 Winmag does the job right. I don't track real well; the .338winmag makes that irrelivent.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 6:25:07 AM EDT
Thanks guys. I'm probably going to put a 1.5-5X20 on it. Maybe a 30mm.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 10:40:56 AM EDT
Beer:

I'm shooting something very close. Its a .350 Rem Mag. For all intents and purposes they are pretty much dead ringers... I've been using nosler Partitions and like them very much.

As for scopes, I'm using a Bushnell Elite 4200. Big heavy scope, but I wanted some more weight for recoil reduction. I also have a Leupold variX III in 1.75-6 and a Weaver GRandslam in 1.5-5. Any of 'em would be great on the .338
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 2:46:07 PM EDT
Shot it yet???

What Loads???
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 6:28:18 PM EDT
Browning lightweight auto. Elite 3200 FF. Holds an easy 1" at 100 w/70.0 IMR 4350 & Noslers 225 Accubond. Helluva Ctg. Wish to hell I'd had one when I was in Alaska in the mid 60's. Might add that the recoil is SOFT with the BAR.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 10:42:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By dogrunner:
Browning lightweight auto. Elite 3200 FF. Holds an easy 1" at 100 w/70.0 IMR 4350 & Noslers 225 Accubond. Helluva Ctg. Wish to hell I'd had one when I was in Alaska in the mid 60's. Might add that the recoil is SOFT with the BAR.



The big caliber BAR are great.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 1:56:25 PM EDT
Ok I feel good about the trade now! I also have a 45-70 to use also
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 11:10:42 PM EDT
Yep the .338WM will screem,and the old 45/70 is slow to get there(but when she arrives she just brings so much to the party)!!!!

Good choices!!!!!


Bob
Link Posted: 1/14/2006 1:09:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/14/2006 1:10:32 AM EDT by dennysguns]
Link Posted: 1/14/2006 1:25:57 AM EDT
.338 is one of the more popular cartridges here. Some consider it the most versatile Alaskan cartridge with a good balance of range, flatness and smackdown.

Hit up the AK hometown forum and ask them guys in there as well. Lots of good info.
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