Re: 300 RUM or 338 EDGE
From where I stand, the edge gets a supersonic range of 1870 yards, and retains the energy necessary to kill an elk (1200ft-lbs) to roughly 1470 yards. The RUM has a supersonic range of 1800 yards and retains 1200ft-lbs to 1390yards. This is at 200ft elevation per my Shooter Ballistics app, both with 300gr SMK's, the edge going 2850 and the RUM going 2750fps. Now we are talking a real world difference of 70 to 80 yards. Anyone care to guess how many times in your life you are gonna kick yourself for not having that extra 75 yards of range? Or how many here are capable of utilizing that extra 75yards, or capable of making a kill shot at that far, for that matter. I was set on building an edge for a long time, but the more I looked at it the more I realized that there is no point. Then I contemplated the fact that, even though my 300RUM has shorter barrel life, the increased cost of projectiles($28 for 100 208grAMAXs) vs ($34 for 50 300grSMKs). The shorter barrel life of my 300 is really not to bad in the long run compared to Dies, Reamers, Go/NoGo guages, and the cost of ordering a barrel that is 30+ inches compared to the standard 26" that the 300 performs well in. Now this is purely my opinion, feel free to pick it apart. This is also from the viewpoint that i already own a 300RUM, and live in California, and don't hunt elk.
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