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Old 01-28-2014, 11:30 AM
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338 snipetac???

What is wrong with this cartridge. On midway the bertram 408 and 375 chey brass is actually about the same price as lapua and 338 norma brass (per 100). Most guys have given me alot of good reviews on the bertram brass so far (the newer stuff anyway). Dont know who makes the brass on cheytacs website but its only 2.15 a piece

Barrel life is a concern but cant one just use mild loads and replicate lapua performance? I am just looking to get close to 1000 rounds out of the barrel anyway. Barrels arent that expensive when talking about spending 4-5k on a rifle.

Just another question, why is everyone improving the shoulder. I dont like fireforming as i believe it takes too much time and barrel life. Do you really gain alot of fps in that huge case by improving the shoulder?

Im ignorant when it comes to the cartridge but i want to learn everything i can about it.

Lastly, everytime i bring this topic up in other forums people always mention how immensely heavy the rifle will be but as long as i can keep it under 18-20lbs that would be fine with that. I would appreciate the extra weight because of the recoil.

So am i crazy for wanting one of these trackless tanks?
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Old 01-28-2014, 02:19 PM
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Re: 338 snipetac???

I have heard bad barrel life. I have hear a lot of 7-800 even some getting close to the 1000 rounds but have heard of 250-400 rounds as well.

I am in the same boat as you and I have been thinking the Excalibur but cannot find anything on it. And I am not sure why. It is basically the souped up lapua. Sends the 300 bergers around 3100 with that 115 grains of powder instead of the snipetac at 3250-3300 with 145 grains.

No matter how you look at this gun it is not for shooting gophers and groups every weekend. It is a really long range killing machine. As far as weight most I hear are running them in the 16-18 pound range. And trying to stay under 16 so if you wanted to bring it to Idaho.
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Old 01-28-2014, 02:28 PM
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Re: 338 snipetac???

I still believe 1000 is a reasonable hope for barrel life. Ive had my little 308 for about a year now and ive but about 400 rounds through it so im not a very high volume shooter and if i were, i would go with a 6.5 or a 7mm of some kind. I dont know why ive suddenly caught an interest for this round. My aim is 3200fps with the 300smk or otm's
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:12 PM
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Re: 338 snipetac???

They will do that all day long on a light load.
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:43 PM
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Re: 338 snipetac???

Thats what i was hoping for. I figured bertram brass would be outragiously priced as well but its price is actually lower (from cheytac they are 2.15 a piece) than lapua cases. With the lighter loads i think one could get atleast 5 or 6 loads out of the cases before starting over. With 6 reloads a case the price would be around 1.50$ per round which is pretty damn good considering thats cheaper than buying match 308 ammo.

The weight issue isnt a bigdeal. Most guys pack a 20lb backpack where ever they go and then complain about hiking miles upon miles witb a 15lb rifle on top of that. When i hunt i usually bring a knife, 2 bottles of water, my rifle, and whatever will go in my pockets. A 16lb rifle isnt really something im worried about. I dont live in harsh conditions like the rockies or some strange frontier (haha) most of the time i dont half to walk over a half a mile when i hunt and walk even less when i am plinking.what makes them so heavy anyway? The extra 2 inches of receiver? The dbm?

Thanks everyone
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:04 PM
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Re: 338 snipetac???

If you are going to reduce loads to gain BBL life, why not just build a regular lapua, or and Edge?
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:02 PM
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Re: 338 snipetac???

What are you hunting and what range to feel need for cheytac type case.The smaller 338 mentioned are still considered super mags in 338.Norma,ultra,edge,lapua,Allen and more.There is nothing I would feel under gunned with. Compared to your 308 they are monsters with 300 gr bullets.Have you crunched rocks with them to see the power.They all over 100 grain capacity.The 338 AM pushes 265 to 3500 and 300 gr to 3300-3400.Its in a league of its own. A guy on here has made hits to 3000+ with Norma and many kills on here to 1500 with the above mentioned.I have bench rest buds that don't shoot antelope under 1000 and use there bench light 300 wsm
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