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    .338 win mag

    I have a rifle in the above calibre which was purchased for and used for bear hunting in North America. It seems a shame for it to lanquish in my cabinet unused and I was wondering if anyone has any personal experience of bullet weights suitable for highland red deer. Any advice would be appreciated.

    Fraser

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    Used the Norma Oryx 235g in Europe for Red deer and Mouflon successfully. Found it a point and shoot gun.

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    Thanks for the post. What sort of range were you shooting at?

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    Mouflon was 300 ish metres and Red were closer.

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    So do you have AOLQ on your ticket? I looked at getting a .338 but apart from long range target shooting. I didn't think I would be able to justify it for anything else even though I have red access to red's so opted for a smaller caliber that I'd find more versatile.

    May I point you to https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...ensing_Law.pdf

    page 120

    It says NO for deer and Yes for dangerous game.
    Im unsure why they have done this as you are within your rights to shoot a deer under the deer acts and for fill all legal requirement as far as I can see. Not sure how much meat damage you would do though.

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    Thanks for that info. I have shot the rifle out to 300m using Federal 225 gn TBBC and found it a potent round at that distance. For reds I would probably drop the bullet weight.

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    Thanks for the reference, I'll have a look but the ground I shoot over is cleared for both 338 and 375. How attitudes have changed over the last few years.

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    see no reason why a 338 Win Mag could not be conditioned for deer.
    Energy wise it is below the 300WM
    plenty people have 375H&H for deer also

    The was Tikka 338 Win Mag sitting at a dealer I rang when i was looking at acquiring a 300WM
    He was desperately trying to change my mind to take it at a massive discount!
    His boss had ordered it with no prospective customer and it was attracting dust!

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    The other problem with .338s in general is that they are prohibited on MoD gallery ranges, which include nearly all ranges on which civilian clubs shoot. This limits the number of potential purchasers when you come to sell the rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M275 View Post
    The other problem with .338s in general is that they are prohibited on MoD gallery ranges, which include nearly all ranges on which civilian clubs shoot. This limits the number of potential purchasers when you come to sell the rifle.
    not true , only the 338 lapua magnum is banned for use by civilians , any other 338 is fine (hme nonsense permitting)
    Right where's those stones , I'll start !

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