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    358 winchester

    anyone ever mess with one of these? if so what you think of it?

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    Hi palmogopher;

    I've never owned a .358 Winchester but have studied it for years. I'm beginning a project to build a custom .358 Winchester on a VZ 24 action. I think its a logical step up for me from the various .30s I have. It looks to be fully capable for all North American game and is flat shooting enough for most reasonable ranges too.

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    It is an excellent but often overlooked round, for some reason it never really took off. I've never hunted with one but a friend of mine bought a BLR in 358 about twenty years ago.
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    just thought i would add another question and ask......would you pick either the 358 winchester or the 338 federal? and why?

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    That .338 Federal does look like an obvious direction to take the .308 case. Well thought out and practical, it would be great for the hand loading big game hunter. It makes way more sense than any under-.30 caliber cartridge that wears the word "magnum" in its designation.

    I'd still choose the .358 Winchester because I like the slightly larger diameter and heavier weight selection of bullets. I'm looking for something different enough from my very favorite cartridge, the .30-06.

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    The .358 has heavier bullets and is a better choice for close range bears than the 30-06 with heavy bullets.

    The 338-08 (338 Fed) is the same as the .333-08 OKH that was done in the 1950's when the .308 was introduced.

    The 338 is a decent intermediary between the .308 and the .358.

    I think a cool setup would be a switch barrel system or TC Encore rifle with barrels in 22 Middlestead, .308 Win, and .358 Win. .22 catches varmints, the .308 is for medium game and longer range, while the .358 is the bear and close range number if hunting over bait.

    That said, the .308 isn't a bad choice for anything in North America. It's only 100fps slower than the 30-06 up to 180gr bullets. After that it's about 200fps slower.

    I'd go with the .358 Winchester for a .308 family offspring.
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    Better bullet selection in the 338 fed.
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    I have one - Browning BLR (pre-81).

    Never took more than one shot at anything with it.

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    I'd take the .358.
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    I'm looking for something different enough from my very favorite cartridge, the .30-06.
    What about a 35 Whelan? They are a bit rough on the shoulder I'm told.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    Better bullet selection in the 338 fed.
    More doesn't mean better. A lot of cartridges can handle everything with 3 bullet types.
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