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I really like the 1903 Springfield. I have a .35 Whelan on a 1903 Mk I that I built almost 30 years ago, and have taken numerous game animals with -- all in one-shot kills.

I picked up a 1903/A3 that had been "sporterized" and I inherited a 1903/A1 that had also been sporterized years and also rebarreled to .35 Whelan. I figured that I did not need to Whelans and I wanted to do something with the 03/A3.

So first I sent away for 03/A1 "milled parts" to replace the stamped trigger guards/floor plates etc. on the 03/A3. Next I sent both rifles to a gunsmith and had the the 03/A3 rebarreled to a 6.5/06. Why 6.5/06? I have been shooting a 256 Newton for years and wanted to retire the rifle, but I liked the 6.5 caliber so figured a standard 6.5/06 would be easier to reload.

Then I had the 03/A1 in .35 Whelan rebarreled to a .338/06. I had both rifles tapped for scopes. Now I need to rebed the actions and get some decent scopes and then head for the shooting range.

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they sound really sweet.
i have a mauser rebarled in 338/06 aikly improved both the improved and the 338/06 are really sweet rounds. not what you want to shoot with a t-shirt on though they kick.
 

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How true Barstooler. I have a .338 RUM and it just rocks my world. Ouch! 338-06 is a !!!!! cat.

God I love this cartridge (.338 RUM). It can do it all and then some. It makes the .375 H&H punky and a lot of cartridges are judged against it.

I don't think the .338 RUM get its just dues for a hot medium bore that can play with the bigger bores.
 

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I agree

I really like the 06 case and have a .25/06. 6.5/06, 270 Win, 30/06, .338/06, and .35 Whelan -- but the .338 RUM really shoots well. I will never get trade it off. Accurate as any good rifle and really kicks from the bench, but not bad for off-hand shooting.

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