Our next refinement was to come up with more robust platforms for military applications. We built and tested based on a Remington 700, Sako extractor w/ dual ejectors, a Sako styled bolt release, a Mauser styled bolt release and blade ejector, a controlled round feed, an M16 extractor and a few others. For extreme use applications the Mauser styled bolt release/blade ejector and the M16 extractor made for the most robust combo.
We developed and launched a line of muzzlebrakes based on testing of multiple designs that took us over 2 years R&D time. You can from a good position watch your bullet strike at almost any distance past 500-600 yards with your rifle scope. This makes spotting your own shot possible.
Despite having designed the Edge and HTIR (Hard Target Interdiction Rifle) platform for military and police application we found out right away that launching a 300 gr. SMK at big game at long distances was hugely rewarding, not only was the accuracy outstanding but the 300 gr. match bullet had great terminal performance at distances out to and past 1000 yards. So began the world of the 338 Edge in long range hunting.
338 EDGE FIELD PERFORMANCE
With our standard load of the 300 gr. SMK @ 2800-2830 fps we have come to expect sub 1” groups at 300 yards from our rifles. This is not an exception but the rule. It is not at all uncommon for our customers to record groups under 4-5 inches at 1000 yards. Again this is the rule not the exception. The exceptions are the letter or photo we get of 2-3” groups at 1000 yards. I have shot back to back 3 shot groups at 1276 yards under 5 inches (see below) in near perfect conditions.
I have witnessed others shooting rocks at extreme distance (1708 yards) and printing 3 shot groups in the 12 inch range. These are possible but exceptional. In field and hunting application I have spent considerable time in testing and practice with the 338 Edge, having run it out to 2000 yards in practice and taken numerous big game animals past 1000 yards with it. In a world where more/bigger is better, the edge has found a home with those who are seeking big (but not the biggest) long range horse power, unbelievable accuracy, great terminal performance, easy loading, and cost effective solution for long range hunting.
We have built over 60 338 Edge’s in different configurations at this point, 700 repeaters, 700 detachable box setups, 700 solid bottom single shots, 700 light weights, and customs actions BAT, Lawton, Nesika, etc. Most have been in similar configurations for long range hunting. Most wear the Leupold MK4 or Nightforce NXS optics and weighed in around 13.5-15.5 lbs. Our main focus lately has been to develop a shorter lighter long range hunting version of the “Edge” and we hope to have completed this project and be testing by fall of 2008. Shawn Carlock is a veteran law enforcement sniper and the current USPSA national precision rifle champion. He runs his business building custom rifles and conducting precision rifle training for civilian and law enforcement interests.