Same situation with the 307 and 356 Winchester. I have bought many boxes of loaded ammo in 356 and have a lifetime supply of new 307 brass. Another consideration is just the politically caused component shortages. I have dies and components squirreled away for everything I shoot.
Team 1894 member #67 1977 44 mag.
Team 35 member #256 1964 Sears M45
Team 444 member #355 1981 444S
Team 30 30 member #830
1980 Marlin 3080 Trail Rider & Win 94 Custom Trapper
Yep. I had one of each on them as well.
I guess the allure of owning something different just didn't last.
I don't get why these great cartriges are not being produced and offered up
in new rifles...but I hold out hope with Henry.
If anybody does it they might.
They did finally do a 35.
Savage 99 fan
I stock up on components for my .338MXs and brass for my .308MXs. It is actually cheaper to buy factory ammo and save the brass, from what I have found. I have enough now to likely last many years. Bullets are my short fall, might need a few more. Worse come to worse, can use cast which I would rather not in this caliber or have a two shot rifle with other production bullets. don't forget about Hawk Bullets.
I don't think those rifles will ever be made by Remington, 'cuz they don't know how to build them to pass function tests............
That said, .............I think the components will always be available in the market, but you'll need to search them out...........NOT at Walmart or Cabela's, either!
As I, and others have done with the 356, 444, and others...........stock up on Brass and Bullets and don't worry about the future..............I know more than a few guys running smoothly with 300/303 Savages, 250-3000 Savages, 7-30 Waters and others.............
None of these calibers are for NON Re-loaders, but the shooter should know that when acquiring the rifle................
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Is the only brass to use to form 338 ME the 376 Steyr?
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” — William Pitt (the Younger), Speech in the House of Commons, November 18, 1783
The next obama will try to eliminate (as much as possible) all Civilian ammunition and components. I'd rather feel like a hoarder than a guy with no ammo.
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Team Winchester #134
Marlin League #145
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I seem to only shoot obsolete and odd-ball cartridges so I think of 338ME as main-stream. Even 35 Remington ammo and brass will occasionally be hard to find.
If I can find components to load and shoot my 50-70 Gov't Sharps carbine, then a 338ME won't be a problem.
200 pieces of brass will last a long time. Just don't get crazy and buy 400 pieces like I did with the 50-70. That stuff lasts forever.
Always better to carry "too much" gun and too many cartridges...
Marlin 1894SS(2009), Marlin 1894(1975), Winchester 1886 Ultralight rifle(1910), Springfield Trapdoor carbine(1880), Sharps carbine(1863), Savage 99 358 Winchester.
I like big calibers