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|Place of origin||USA|
|Case type||Rimless, bottleneck|
|Bullet diameter||.338 in (Script error mm)|
|Neck diameter||.369 in (Script error mm)|
|Shoulder diameter||.441 in (Script error mm)|
|Base diameter||.472 in (Script error mm)|
|Rim diameter||.473 in (Script error mm)|
|Case length||2.494 in (Script error mm)|
|Overall length||3.37 in (Script error mm)|
|Primer type||Large rifle|
|200 gr (Script error g) SP||2,773 ft/s (Script error m/s)||3,414 ft·lbf (Script error J)|
|225 gr (Script error g) SP||2,678 ft/s (Script error m/s)||3,582 ft·lbf (Script error J)|
|250 gr (Script error g) SP||2,531 ft/s (Script error m/s)||3,555 ft·lbf (Script error J)|
| Test barrel length: 23|
Source(s): Speer Reloading Manual #14 
The .338-06 is a wildcat cartridge based on the .30-06. It allows heavier .338 caliber bullets to be used from the .30-06 non-belted case. This is a better choice for heavy bodied game such as moose, elk, and brown bear than the .30-06. 338 caliber bullets became more widely available after the introduction in the late 1950s of the .338 Winchester Magnum cartridge, frequently chambered in the Winchester Model 70 rifle. The .338-06 maintains much of the benefits of the .338 Magnum cartridge but has substantially less recoil, makes more efficient use of powder, and allows use of widely available .30-06 commercial and military cases. It is similar in concept to the .333 OKH as well as the .35 Whelen, which also use the .30-06 brass case as a basis for the cartridge. Thanks to the large number of rifles based on the .30-06 family of cartridges, having a .338-06 made usually only requires a simple barrel change by a competent gun smith. A-Square adopted the caliber as the .338-06 A-Square in approximately 1998, and was approved by SAAMI as a standardized caliber. Weatherby offered factory rifles and ammunition, but has now dropped the rifles from its inventory. The 338-06 A-Square has a slight advantage in velocity, and uses bullets that retain velocity and wind resistance better than bullets of the same grain weight in the .35 Whelen.
The .338-06 is a versatile cartridge for hunting bigger game. Loaded with light weight bullets, such as the 180gr. Nosler Accubond, it is adequate for species like deer or pronghorn at medium to long range, and when loaded with heavier premium bullets like the 225gr. Nosler Partition or even the 250gr. Partition the .338-06 can handle the largest game found in North America, like moose and brown bear.
Rifles chambered in .338-06 are often shorter and lighter than comparable magnum chambered rifles. This makes .338-06 chambered rifles more desirable for mountain hunting or where excessive weight is an issue. While the .338-06 performs well from a 24" barrel most magnum rifle cartridges, such as the .340 Weatherby, require a longer 26" barrel to reach their full potential.
- List of rifle cartridges
- 8 mm caliber Other cartridges in the same diameter range.
- .30-06 descendants
- ↑ ATK/Speer, pp. 597-601.
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