I love my 338-06, it just kills things, and I've never been in a situation where I regretted carrying it. The most accurate combination I've found is 185 gr TTSX bullet and Varget powder. I tried heavier lead bullets but they were not as accurate in my rifle.
Ordered a purple VX-3i 3.5-10x40 from Leupold's Custom Shop for my wife to go on a rifle she won at a DU dinner. Looks like Leupold did an awesome job. My wife is super excited!!!
Leupold posted a pic on their Instagram feed:
Depending on how much time / enthusiasm you have, you can always purchase both. In CA you can have two deer tags. The General Seasons for the A and B zones pretty much run back to back. I hunt A zone, and I can tell you to expect warm temperatures, so plan accordingly. Most of the deer activity...
I have Warne Mt Techs on one of my 300 win mags with a VX-6. Fantastic rings, well designed, lightweight yet rock solid. I have shot hundreds of rounds with this setup, and taken it on lots of hunts. No issues whatsoever.