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Old 10-08-2010, 06:40 PM
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Which .338???

This question probably has been asked already but, which .338 case would you build your next long range rifle for. There is a lot of these big sticks around now from the lapua, am, edge, um. I just don't really have an idea where to go.

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Old 10-08-2010, 06:59 PM
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Re: Which .338???

I have a 338 hart which is a 338-300 ultra mag. If I was to build another I would go lapua improved of some sort, or do a 338-408, all depends on your use, I would probably lean towards the 338-408 though. if you want absolute simplest i would say 338 rum.
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Old 10-08-2010, 07:24 PM
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Re: Which .338???

I'd go with a 338 Edge for the following reasons.

1- Ease of forming brass. No fireforming.

2- Price of brass. Just buy 300RUM brass.

3- Simple to reload.

4- Mine sends 300SMKs happily on their way at 2870fps.
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Old 10-08-2010, 07:51 PM
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Re: Which .338???

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This question probably has been asked already but, which .338 case would you build your next long range rifle for. There is a lot of these big sticks around now from the lapua, am, edge, um. I just don't really have an idea where to go.

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Not enough info, custom action / Rem how fast do you want to send em what length barrel what are you hunting and realisticly how far. Too many good 338's out there that are vastly different
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Old 10-09-2010, 10:01 AM
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Re: Which .338???

"06",

I have to agree with Rimefire, we need more info to answer your question.

Most people don't want to pack a 17+lb rifle in the mountains (I do) so if that is your use the 338 AM may not be your ticket...... However, if sending a 300 SMK down range as fast and flat as possible, the AM is the way to go.

I have a 338 rum, 338 edge, 338 win mag, and 2 338 Kahn's (338/378 improved). As a general rule I find myself reaching for one of the Kahns when I start planning a hunt. I suspect if I had a 338AM that is what I would be carrying. I just like the big guns and don't mind packing the weight.

If I had it to do all over again, and just wanted 1 moderate weight rifle (12-15lbs unscoped) I would probably go with the 338 Lapua. Great brass, a very accurate round, no fireforming....... similar performance as the Edge. Go with AI version and you have the best performance without going all the way to the 338AM. Obviously my opinion! Everyone has one!

With your limited information, a short answer would be 338 Lapua for a light(er) weight rifle or the 338 Allen Mag if you want to go for the best, most high power thing out there. Either way, get Kirby, (Fiftydiriver) to build it for you, you won't be sorry!
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Old 10-09-2010, 11:06 AM
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Re: Which .338???

Something else you didn't mention was do you want to retain the option of being able to shoot factory ammo. If you DO, that will narrow the field down. 338win 338RUM 338-378wby all are good choices no doubt

But, If you are looking to do a custom action based build, IMO, it's pretty tough to look any further than Kirby's 338AX. You get to use Lapua brass. It will come with it's own custom dies. You can send Kirby your standard 338 Lapua brass and for a very reasonable fee he will return it to you as 338AX (338AX is Kirby's version of a 338 Lapua Improved) There are quite a few of these out there so load information won't be an issue. You could pretty much call it one stop shopping with a great end result.

One of my best friends has one of Kirby's 338AX and loves it. His was built on a Stiller action w/28in #5 and is wearing a NF 5.5-22x50 weighs about 11lbs. He shot his 338AX w/300SMK and his MkV 257Wby w/100PT yesterday. His 338 has a break the 257wby does not. After shooting both, he amazed at how his big 338 had less felt recoil than his 257.
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Old 10-09-2010, 01:59 PM
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But, If you are looking to do a custom action based build, IMO, it's pretty tough to look any further than Kirby's 338AX. You get to use Lapua brass. It will come with it's own custom dies. You can send Kirby your standard 338 Lapua brass and for a very reasonable fee he will return it to you as 338AX (338AX is Kirby's version of a 338 Lapua Improved) There are quite a few of these out there so load information won't be an issue. You could pretty much call it one stop shopping with a great end result.
+1 on the 338AX. Kirby is now also selling Jamison 338 Ax fireformed and headstamped brass. I haven't received mine yet but Kirby says its pretty good brass.He will also still fireform the Lapua brass for a reasonable fee as B23 has already said. When I was looking to build a 338 I went with the 338Ax because it fit what I wanted best. I personally think you can't go wrong with any of the big 338s you mentioned. Find the one that meets your needs and budget. Kirby has been absolutely great to deal with and I highly recommend him. Good luck.
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