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Old 01-02-2009, 08:45 PM
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338/378 wby vs 338LM

Well guys, as the title states its a 338/378 wby vs 338LM.

Ive got my eyes on a 338LM Remington 700P but after talking to a few guys, they have told me im an idiot and should just get a 338/378wby instead.

So, ive done a bit of searching, but cant find any thing that compares the 2 cartridges head to head.

So, what do you guys recommend? It will be used for hunting deer upto 1000yards, and I dont want to build a custom gun. I also reload and have got a smaller gun in 300wsm.

Can you get any commercially built long range tactical 338/378wby's or are they just custom jobs?

Well, any input will be appreciated.

Thanks!!
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:23 PM
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Re: 338/378 wby vs 338LM

My opinion is go with the 338 LM. Yes the 338-378 is faster but that is all you get with it. With the Lapua, brass quality is nothing short of PHENOMINAL. Woud you build a house on a poor foundation? If your answer is no, why would you build a load on a substandard peice of brass? Weatherby brass sucks. Not to mention wby rifles arent a favorate among most LR shooters because it is hard to find one that shoots worth a crap. Remington quality is less than wby but they still manage to make rifles that shoot lights freakin out. If you demand the fastest go with the 338-378. If you demand function and concistency, go with the LM.

I appologize in advance to any wby lovers out there.
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:50 PM
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Re: 338/378 wby vs 338LM

Of the two, the Lapua. My choice would be the ultra or the edge.
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Old 01-02-2009, 11:23 PM
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Re: 338/378 wby vs 338LM

Thanks guys, Michele, thats exactly what Ive been thinking.

Wildcatting isnt an option for me...
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Old 01-02-2009, 11:32 PM
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Re: 338/378 wby vs 338LM

Go with the 338 Lapua Magnum, IMHO, it's a way better cartridge.
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Old 01-02-2009, 11:53 PM
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Re: 338/378 wby vs 338LM

CHECK OUT THE AR-30M FROM ARMALITE. GREAT QUALITY FACTORY GUN AT A REASONABLE PRICE.
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Old 01-03-2009, 10:10 AM
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Re: 338/378 wby vs 338LM

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CHECK OUT THE AR-30M FROM ARMALITE. GREAT QUALITY FACTORY GUN AT A REASONABLE PRICE.
I did some load development for a friend of mine who had an AR 30. My first thought was "why N L would anyone want one????.....SUPRISE!!!! It was a real shooter. It never shot a group over 1 inch at 100 (3 shot groups) during breakin-load development, and I think the final load came in at around a half inch. It was a freakin chimney to clean during break in, but got much easier to clean at around 100 rounds. It ended up with moderate loads of H1000 behind a 250 SMK. I wish I had tried 300 gr MK. I was under the impression that it had a 1-12 twist....WRONG......1-10..... 300's would have worked very well is my guess!

The only problem I have found is that after the 2nd firing it is starting to split some necks. I don't have a clue why. The loads are mild and I am a ZIT when it comes to gunsmithing. He has another lapua built on a weatherby action by Clay Spencer. No problems with that one!! My guess is there is a chamber issue with the AR.

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