[quote=“VinceGreen”]I would regard it over here as a quasi - military calibre found only in tactical sniper type events. Except for the fact that it caused a major embarassment on the Bisley Ranges and is now banned ( which I will explain in a minute*) we would see more of it.
*Bisley ranges are now in the heart of a residential area of Surrey. At the back of the ranges there is a two mile “safe” zone intented to take out any bullets that go over. Beyond that safe zone there is now housing.(!!!) I certainly wouldn’t want to live there or let my kids play in the garden. If you are particularly interested you can see it on Goole maps as Red Road. The name defines the meaning.
There is also the arc of fire consideration which I believe extends at 15 degrees outwards each side of the arc of fire. All based on what would be safe with a .7.62
About five or six years ago a .338 bullet was found embedded in a car door on a car delearship which should have been well outside the fall out zone and the arc of fire in a place called West End. It caused a massive panic and came within a hairs bredth of getting the ranges closed down. Who ever fired it must have been grossy high and off line.
The reason was that Walter Mitty types with no ability to use them in proper controlled manner had been buying .338 sniper rifles at great expense ($ 5000 is typical) and using them at Bisley without authority.
They are now well and truely banned but the only .338s you will find are on more remote ranges up country by people who seem to favour dressing up in SWAT type clothing and living in some sort of fantasy world.
New regulations were implimented at Bisley and are rigidly enforced. .375 H&H is banned as is .22-250 for being above the power/ velocity limitations although neither could remotely exceed the boundaries.
But coming back to the OP .338 is only found here in “tactical” rifles. however it does illustrate the range and effectiveness of the calibre.[/quote]
These kinds of stories continue to support the arguments that citizens in general are too stupid to own guns. My understanding is that gun control in the UK is nearly a total lockdown with major collections having been confiscated. How can folks be buying up $5000 sniper rifles and firing them in populated areas while collectors lose their guns ???