The only thing that seems to evolve as fast as firearms is the ammunition they eat. Any hunter who hits the field in rough and rocky terrain or thick brush will tell you that a light, maneuverable rifle is a must. But a light rifle chambered for a high-intensity cartridge is apt to knock your shoulder out of its socket—which isn’t so useful.
The .338 Federal is a relatively new round, introduced in 2006 by Federal and Sako, that tries to find a happy medium between recoil and power, and a lot of shooters like it. As evidence, Savage Arms has added the increasingly popular .338 Federal chambering to six of it’s established big-game rifles.
Built on the .308 case and necked up to hold a .338-diameter bullet, the load delivers a faster muzzle velocity than the .308 with a heavier bullet: a great combination for big-game hunters.
The new lineup of Savage .338 rifles will be the Model 11 Hog Hunter, Model 11 Long Range Hunter, Model 16 FCSS Weather Warrior, Model 16 Bear Hunter and the Model 11 Trophy Hunter and Model 16 Trophy Hunter XP .
“The .338 Federal is a great caliber with a lot of potential that fills somewhat of a hole in our lineup,” said Savage Marketing Director Bill Dermody in a release. “It provides great energy with heavier bullets, but without the magnum recoil.”
All six models feature Savage’s AccuTrigger adjustable trigger-pull system.