It was created by Federal Cartridge and Sako in 2006 and intended as a big game cartridge with reasonable recoil for lightweight rifles. The .260 Remington would be the next of the clan to show up, and helped rekindle the love affair with 6.5mm bullets. in rifles of the same weight, so it is more shooter friendly than either of the two older .338 cartridges. If you choose to go with a 225 grain bullet, avoid boat-tail and plastic tipped designs, which are inherently longer than flat base soft points. The .338 Federal fires a 210-grain bullet at 2600 fps, and 180- and 185-grain bullets at 150 to 200 fps faster. The .338 Federal will throw a 250 grain Nosler Partition or Swift A-Frame at 2300-2400 fps. The .338 Federal is the .308 Winchester case necked up to .338. Federal 338 Winchester Magnum 225 Grain Nosler AccuBond. Thompson/Center offers the .338 in their Encore single shot rifle and Sako, Kimber, Ruger and Steyr/Mannlicher offer repeating rifles in the caliber at the time of this writing. And despite the .338 RCM's impressive numbers, the .338 Federal is … The .338 Federal from Wilson Combat is ideal for any medium-large game hunting in North America including trophy wild hogs, elk, moose and bear. Considered by some ballistic experts to be the ideal cartridge for North American big game, the .338 Federal is also known for superb accuracy and stopping power in a controllable package. I shot a large water buffalo bull with my 7mm rem mag and apparently the 338 federal is similar ballistics with a heavier pill.I just wish to have a custom rifle that I can show off and its a recognised chambering.I like the idea of having a 8.6 rifle.22 winchester .22hornet .222 .243 7mm rem mag cbc 12g. Since the 338Fed ballistics can be duplicated by downloading a standard length 338, the main purpose of the 338 is for an easy-handling, short-action rifle. Standard offerings from Speer, Sierra, Hornady and Nosler will perform very well. That’s about 300 foot pounds more than the .30-06 shooting a 180-grain slug and 116 foot pounds more than … With the same bullet weight, the .338 Federal will better the velocities of the .308 Winchester by 200 to 250 fps, though the sectional density of the .30-caliber bullets will be better than the .338s. While the .338 Federal generates recoil levels in the 20 to 25 ft.-lbs. Those Federal factory loads feature a good selection of bullets, from the American Eagle’s FMJ, to the Fusion line, to the standard cup-and-core Power-Shok, to the Federal Trophy Copper and Trophy Bonded Tip. The fundamental specifications and dimensions of the .308 case remain the same, meaning the .338 Federal brass can easily be formed from .308 Winchester brass. The most common bullet weights available to reloaders that are suitable for the .338 Federal are 180, 200, 210, 215 and 225 grains. Considered by some ballistic experts to be the ideal cartridge for North American big game, the .338 Federal is also known for superb accuracy and stopping power in a controllable package. Copyright 2008 by Chuck Hawks. Quite obviously, the .338 Federal is not going to be as readily available or affordable as the .308 Winchester—the latter’s military origins coupled with the benefits of being .30-caliber guarantee popularity—but for a big-game hunter who wants something a bit different, the .338 Federal can handle a rather wide number of scenarios. I’m not really sure why, because my experiences with the cartridge has been nothing but positive. The .338 Federal was created by the engineering and ballistics staff at Federal in collaboration with Sako rifles. Naturally, it kicks a lot less than the .338 Win. 330 Dakota 180 Grain; 330 Dakota 200 / 210 Grain; 330 Dakota 225 Grain; 330 Dakota 250 Grain; 338 Federal. But the last of the family—the .338 Federal—may be the most overlooked of the lot. advantage to the Whelen over a 338 Federal. Federal's offering is based on a .308 Winchester case necked-up to accept standard .338" diameter bullets. Nosler .338 bullet designs include the 180 grain Accubond, the 200 grain Ballistics Tip, the 200 grain Accubond, the 210 grain Partition, the 225 grain Accubond, the 225 grain Partition, the 250 grain Partition and finally, the 300 grain Accubond with its very high BC of .720. Current factory loads—all of which are from Federal or its subsidiaries—are built around the 185- and 200-grain bullets; much like the current factory loads for the .358 Winchester, lighter bullets are employed. In the accuracy department, the .338 Federal shows its parentage in that it can be a seriously accurate hunting cartridge. The Federal Ballistics Calculator lets you quickly determine the trajectory for any rifle or handgun load, and save data for an unlimited number of loads. 200 grains is particularly popular and this bullet weight is a good match for the case capacity of the .338 Federal. No, the .338-inch-caliber bullets that are launched by the .338 Federal case are less than desirable for long-range target work, but for a hunting cartridge—especially in a trim, lightweight hunting rifle—with a maximum range of 300 yards or so, it does quite well. Mag. A 338 Federal will not hold a candle when compared to a 35 Whelen pushing 225 Gr. While working up .338 Federal reloads for a Kimber Model 84M Classic rifle, I tried the 200 grain Speer Hot-Cor, Hornady Interlock SP and Nosler Ballistic Tip bullets; also the 210 grain Nosler Partition, 215 Sierra GameKing and 225 Hornady Interlock SP bullets. Units of Measure. I would probably use a 30-06 over the .338 Fed, but I would load hot handloads for it. With the Tikka rifles I've gone to standard length rounds because the action is the same anyway. Which one of these popular rounds will be named the best all-around black bear hunting cartridge The 338 Federal makes use of the standard 308 case, necked up to the larger, heavier, 33 caliber projectile. The .338 Federal represents the first time in its long history that the Federal Cartridge Company has put its name on the headstamp of a cartridge. Good round, and a real thumper at shorter ranges, but it's at it's best with lighter bullets (215-225 grains) rather than … The .338 Federal is a rifle cartridge based on the .308 Winchester case necked up to .33 caliber. Mag. The .338-06 is a cartridge based on the .30-06.It allows heavier .338 caliber bullets to be used from the .30-06 non-belted case. Friday, March 15, 2019. The heavier 225 and 250 grain .338 bullets popular in the .338 Win. To make a long story somewhat shorter, after trying dozens of bullet/powder combinations, I finally settled on the Speer 200 grain Hot-Cor bullet and IMR 3031 powder. The .338 Accubond bullets must be considered very carefully. in a rifle of similar weight. The cartridge is simply the .308 Winchester necked up to hold .338-inch bullets, and will fit perfectly in a short-action receiver. In the course of telephone conversations with friends at ATK (parent company of both Federal and Speer), I learned that they also favor this bullet for reloading the .338 Federal. .338 Federal. Get the American Hunter Insider newsletter for at-a-glance access to industry news, gear, gun reviews, videos and more—delivered directly to your Inbox. The .338 Win. Battle of the Black Bear Cartridges: .308 Win. Federal Fusion 338 Federal 200 Grain Details: The Federal Fusion Ammunition is loaded with a specialized bullet, perfect for deer sized game, that features an electrochemically bonded lead core to copper jacket, eliminating the possibility of a … Magnum. Reloaders can extend that range to include at least some 225 grain bullets, but due to the restricted capacity of the basic .308 case it is probably wise not to exceed that weight. Factory-loaded with 180-, 185- and 210-grain bullets, it delivers between 1,820 and 1,920 ft-lbs at 300 yards, with an average bullet drop of less than nine inches (200-yard zero). bullets. It is based on a 308 Winchester necked up to accept .338 caliber projectiles. 's impressive ballistics come at a price. Mag. In addition to 338 FEDERAL ammo, we also carry rifle ammunition, pistol ammo, and shotgun shells from top brands like Federal Ammuni The .338 exhibits impressive downrange ballistics comparable to 7mm Magnum or .338 Winchester Magnum class cartridges with the added ability to fit in a lightweight short action semi-auto like our BILLet-AR rifles. by Philip Massaro - 338 Fed 180 Grain; 338 Fed 200 / 210 Grain OUT OF STOCK (1) Federal F338FS1 Fusion 20RD 225gr 338 Winchester Magnum. It’s easy on the shoulder—much like the rest of the .308 family—plenty accurate, and as almost all of the factory loads generate over 3,000 ft.-lbs. Looking for previous installments of our "Behind the Bullet" series? 200 grains is particularly popular and this bullet weight is a good match for the case capacity of the .338 Federal. The cartridge is simply the .308 Winchester necked up to hold .338-inch bullets, and will fit perfectly in a short-action receiver. Mag. All rights reserved. 338 FEDERAL ammunition for sale online at discount prices, including cheap ammunition, bulk ammunition, and surplus ammo. Nosler Partition. For decades there has been a perceived need for a medium bore woods and big game cartridge more powerful than the .35 Remington, but with less recoil than the .338 Win. 338 Federal Load Data; 338-06 A-Square Load Data; 338 Winchester Magnum Load Data; 330 Dakota Load Data; 340 Weatherby Magnum Load Data; 338 Remington Ultra Magnum Load Data; 338 Lapua Magnum Load Data; 338-378 Weatherby Magnum Load Data; 358 Winchester Load Data; 350 Remington Magnum Load Data; 35 Whelen Load Data; 358 Norma Magnum Load Data The 338 Federal can be loaded with bullet weights as light as 160 grain and most load sources only go as heavy as 225 grains. It was a quarter-century later, in 1980, when Remington put its name on the wildcat 7mm/.308 by releasing the 7mm-08 Remington, which would go on to become one of deer hunter’s favorites. 330 Dakota. Re: 338 Federal The 338 Federal is by no means a 600 yard cartridge. The 338 Federal is a rifle cartridge that provides the energy of a 7mm Remington Magnum in a necked-up 308 Winchester case. The Federal case has a water capacity of 44.5 grains of water. And then there's the cost factor. 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Even in the big cases, both bore diameters tend to top out at 300 grains, but at 180 or 200 grains, between .33 and .35 caliber, I prefer the additional sectional density of the .338, as the .35s at this weight can be rather short. vs. .338 Federal vs. .45-70 Govt. If you are using factory ammo, I think you will be good. The .338 Federal is a reprieve from such nonsense. It is a big game caliber designed with reasonable recoil for today’s lightweight rifles. Here are the published ballistics for the Federal Premium factory loads (taken in a 24" test barrel): As you can see, the ballistics of the new cartridge are impressive. This can be a suitable choice for … . Load development work in the Nosler lab showed it … The new .338 Federal can be adapted to any rifle suitable for the .308 Winchester. It can also light up the 160 grain Barnes TTSX at 3,000 fps. ST, 900 Ehlen Dr., Anoka, MN 55303; 800-322-2342; www.federalcartridge.com ) points out that the new .338 Federal cartridge has increased velocity over the .308 cartridge and heavier bullet weights. For example, the 200-grain Vital-Shok Trophy Bonded Tip .338 Federal packs a punishing 1,891 foot-pounds of punch at 300 yards, yielding an only slightly lighter sting than the 2,213 foot-pounds delivered by a 210-grain .338 Win. 308 Winchester vs 358 Winchester vs 338 Federal Ammo . Ballistics data bears this out. I like the .338-inch bore better than the .358-inch, especially with the smaller-capacity cartridges. Hunters who feel a need for a medium bore rifle cartridge will find that the .338 Federal kicks a little less than the .338-06 A-Square with the same weight bullet at the same velocity, because the .338 Federal burns less powder to achieve the same pressure. 338 Federal Powder Minimum Maximum Charge (grains) Velocity (fps) Charge (grains) Velocity (fps) IMR 4198 34.0 2221 37.0 2382 RL 7 33.0 2151 36.0 2329 Benchmark 40.0 2347 43.0 2491 H322 38.5 2293 42.0 2459 *X-Terminator 40.0 2313 43.5 2485 A-2230 42.0 2388 46.0 2570 338 Federal … rifles are typically about a pound heavier than .338 Federal rifles, and recoil from the magnum is, on average, 50 percent greater. Like its older, larger brother, the .358 Winchester, the .338 Federal has trouble handling the heaviest bullets within the caliber, but with bullets weighing between 185 and 225 grains, it can be a very effective choice. It’ll easily launch the 225 grain versions of those bullets at 2500 fps. 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