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MASTERLAB
05-02-2011, 11:46 AM
hey everyone, sorry if this is in the wrong place, but im not quite sure where else to put this. I understand the superiority of .338 lm as a long range round (as compared with the .308), however i was curious as to the effectiveness of the round at shorter ranges to take out targets

StraightShooter
05-02-2011, 12:00 PM
If its good at long range then its better at short range. The farther the bullet travels the more energy it bleeds off. When I shoot mine at targets closer than 400 yards it has snapped the wooden 2x2's holding the up steel. A .308 is plenty of nockdown power though for anything out to 600 yards and costs much much less.

brando
05-02-2011, 4:55 PM
Its strength is it's long range capability, but loaded with subsonic it will outshoot a .308WIN subsonic any day of the week out to 600 yards.

ElvenSoul
05-02-2011, 5:09 PM
We call them 338Federals :)

frankm
05-02-2011, 6:16 PM
I figure if you can run a drum mag and a 12 inch barrel, you'll be good to go.

Jonathan Doe
05-02-2011, 6:28 PM
Sometimes, some rifle bullets do not stabilize enough in a very short distance. It may not be much of a factor when they have so much muzzle energy.

When I attnded the FBI sniper school in the mid 90's, there was an officer who brought a 50 cal rifle. We shot through a glass at 50 yards and a paper taget about 5 feet behind it. My 308 went through the glass and hit straight on about 1" above the point of aim. The 50 cal bullet deflected about 6" and hit sideways.

dfletcher
05-02-2011, 6:34 PM
Its strength is it's long range capability, but loaded with subsonic it will outshoot a .308WIN subsonic any day of the week out to 600 yards.

Trail Boss is good for shorter ranges - using 21.0 grains as described in the Hodgden manual generally gives a subsonic load with a 250 or 300 grain bullet.

m24armorer
05-03-2011, 12:04 AM
hey everyone, sorry if this is in the wrong place, but im not quite sure where else to put this. I understand the superiority of .338 lm as a long range round (as compared with the .308), however i was curious as to the effectiveness of the round at shorter ranges to take out targets

Another reason I'm not here anymore.

m24armorer
05-03-2011, 12:05 AM
Sometimes, some rifle bullets do not stabilize enough in a very short distance. It may not be much of a factor when they have so much muzzle energy.

When I attnded the FBI sniper school in the mid 90's, there was an officer who brought a 50 cal rifle. We shot through a glass at 50 yards and a paper taget about 5 feet behind it. My 308 went through the glass and hit straight on about 1" above the point of aim. The 50 cal bullet deflected about 6" and hit sideways.


And another....

Gofasterdammit
05-03-2011, 6:46 AM
And another....

Seriously, me too.

Killawhale415
05-03-2011, 11:44 AM
Lol

Hoop
05-03-2011, 1:38 PM
hey everyone, sorry if this is in the wrong place, but im not quite sure where else to put this. I understand the superiority of .338 lm as a long range round (as compared with the .308), however i was curious as to the effectiveness of the round at shorter ranges to take out targets

What for? Big game hunting?

M.45
05-03-2011, 3:41 PM
Yeah this is a silly question. The .338lm is a devastating round at 100 yards or 1500.