.338 Federal

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.338 Federal
338 Federal cartridges.jpg
.338 Federal between .308 Winchester (left) and .358 Winchester (right)
Type Rifle
Place of origin United States
Production history
Designer Federal Cartridge / Sako
Manufacturer Federal Cartridge
Produced 2006
Specifications
Parent case .308 Winchester
Case type Rimless, bottleneck
Bullet diameter .338 in (8.6 mm)
Neck diameter .369 in (9.4 mm)
Shoulder diameter .454 in (11.5 mm)
Base diameter .470 in (11.9 mm)
Rim diameter .473 in (12.0 mm)
Rim thickness .049 in (1.2 mm)
Case length 2.01 in (51 mm)
Overall length 2.75 in (70 mm)
Primer type Large rifle
Maximum pressure 62,000 psi
Ballistic performance
Bullet mass/type Velocity Energy
180 gr (12 g) AccuBond 2,830 ft/s (860 m/s) 3,200 ft·lbf (4,300 J)
185 gr (12 g) Triple Shock 2,750 ft/s (840 m/s) 3,105 ft·lbf (4,210 J)
210 gr (14 g) AccuBond 2,630 ft/s (800 m/s) 3,225 ft·lbf (4,373 J)
Test barrel length: 24" Pac-Nor
Source(s): Nosler Load Data,[1] Hodgedon Reloading Data Center[2]

The .338 Federal is a rifle cartridge based on the .308 Winchester case necked up to .33 caliber. It was created by Federal Cartridge and Sako in 2006 and intended as a big game cartridge with reasonable recoil for lightweight rifles.[3]

Comparison[edit]

The .338 Federal was designed by Federal Ammunition and it is a SAAMI standardized cartridge that was released in 2006. It compares favorably to the 7mm Remington Magnum. Below is a ballistics table comparing the .338 Federal with other various calibers. Included in the table below is the older .358 Winchester, another cartridge based on the .308.

.338 Federal Performance Comparison
Cartridge Bullet Weight Muzzle velocity Muzzle energy Load[a] Recoil in 8 lb (3.6 kg) rifle
gr g ft/s m/s ft·lbf J gr g ft·lbf J
.338 Federal 210 14 2,630 800 3,225 4,373 47 3.0 23.42 31.75
.338 Federal 180 12 2,830 860 3,200 4,300 47 3.0 21.84 29.61
7mm Rem Mag 175 11.3 2,860 870 3,178 4,309 63 4.1 26.39 35.78
.300 Win Mag 180 12 2,960 900 3,502 4,748 73 4.7 32.90 44.61
.30-06 180 12 2,750 840 3,022 4,097 56 3.6 23.17 31.41
.308 Win 180 12 2,600 790 2,703 3,665 45 2.9 17.94 24.32
.358 Win 200 13 2,490 760 2,753 3,733 49 3.2 20.07 27.21

Rifles[edit]

Sako,[4] Kimber Manufacturing,[5] Tikka, Savage, and Ruger[6] offered bolt action rifles. ArmaLite,[7] JP Enterprises,[8] LMT and DPMS Panther Arms,[9] Wilson Combat,[10] offered semi-automatic rifles in .338 Federal as of November 2008.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nosler.com/nosler-load-data/338-federal/
  2. ^ "Take Aim at Rifle Reloading Data | Hodgdon Reloading". Archived from the original on 2015-03-25. Retrieved 2015-02-05. 
  3. ^ Cartridges of the World 11th Edition, Book by Frank C. Barnes, Edited by Stan Skinner, Gun Digest Books, 2006, ISBN 0-89689-297-2 pp.75,104
  4. ^ Sako 85 website, retrieved 26 Feb 2010
  5. ^ Kimber 84M webpage, retrieved 17 Nov 2008
  6. ^ Ruger website, retrieved 17 Nov 2008
  7. ^ ArmaLite website, retrieved 21 Feb 2009
  8. ^ JP LRP-07H Long Range Precision Hunting Rifle, retrieved 9 Dec 2012
  9. ^ Panther LR-338L, retrieved 17 Nov 2008
  10. ^ Recon Tactical .338 Federal, retrieved 24 July 2016.

Notes[edit]

  • ^[a] Load values specify typical powder weight for this level of performance.

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