Field & Stream Online Editors

.338. The true province of the .338 is elk and bear, but it’s a wonderful deer cartridge as well. The .338 is loaded with bullets ranging from 200 to 250 grains, and I prefer the ones on the heavier end of the scale because they destroy so little meat. The .338 kicks, and it will tear your head off if you use it in a rifle under 81.2 pounds. But it puts deer down right now.