.338, looking great!
The .338 Federal cartridge is one of those rounds that, by all rights, should be much more popular than it is. With luck, Savage is making a move that just might work in that regard and help put this top performer front and center.
SAVAGE MODEL 11 Hog Hunter in .338 Federal is a down-to-basics serious rifle for taking on wild hogs and a whole lot more.
“Savage Arms™ has announced six .338 Federal models available in its most popular big game rifle platforms,” the company reported. “The new products chambered in this caliber include the 11 Long Range Hunter, 11 Hog Hunter, 16 FCSS, 16 Bear Hunter, 11 Trophy Hunter XP and 16 Trophy Hunter XP.”
Since its introduction in 2006, the .338 Federal caliber has established itself as an extremely versatile, high-performance big game cartridge. Built on the .308 case and “necked-up” to hold a .338 diameter bullet, this load offers hunters a faster muzzle velocity than the .308 Win., but with a heavier bullet. As a result, the short-action cartridge provides magnum energy for devastating performance on game, without magnum recoil.
For those who doubt the effectiveness of this cartridge on bigger game, old hunting partner Jack Mitchell used it to bag a record book quality grizzly bear in Alaska a few years back. At less than 50 paces, the big boar bear stood on its hind legs and checked the air while Mitchell put the crosshairs on its chest. One shot and the big bear was down. A second “insurance” shot sealed the deal.
That’s about as good as it gets when it comes to tackling big bears.
SAVAGE .338 FEDERAL rifles are ready for the hunt, regardless where that might be or what the weather conditions are.
What it amounts to is that when a bullet delivers a lot of punch and makes a good size hole, success happens. This cartridge also is a logical choice for wild hog hunting.
It should be interesting to see how all of the new Savage models sell – six is a goodly number to offer, all at the same time.
One thing is certain: the .338 Federal cartridge will do the job if the hunter does his or her job in putting the bullet where it needs to go.
Following are some of the features, benefits and rifle models involved:
Features & Benefits
— Short-action .338 Federal chambering.
— Higher muzzle velocity than the .308 Win. with a .338 diameter bullet.
— Devastating terminal performance with less felt recoil than typical magnum calibers.
Part No. Description MSRP
22450 11 Long Range Hunter, .338 Federal, $1,104
22455 11 Hog Hunter, .338 Federal, $560
22453 16 FCSS, 338 Federal, $885
22454 16 Bear Hunter, .338 Federal, $1,035
22451 11 Trophy Hunter XP, .338 Federal, $612
22452 16 Trophy Hunter XP, .338 Federal $740
What’s nice about the Savage lineup is that there are rifles available in .338 Federal for just about any budget. For me, the Hog Hunter sounds just right. It’s time to blast away.
Savage Arms™ is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. To learn more about Savage Arms, visit www.savagearms.com.
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Steve Comus is a nationally recognized hunting editor with Safari Club International and a former WON Guns and Hunting Editor. His column appears every other week in WON and he can be reached at email@example.com.
THE .338 FEDERAL cartridge is a high-performance, short action proposition that delivers a lot of punch in a small package.