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Unread 01-24-2009, 12:03 PM
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Re: .338 lapua model 700 build?

Originally Posted by Dano1 View Post
From my point of view, the .338 edge is a better choice for cost reasons. I simply cannot afford the extra cost of the Sako extractor as well as the milling of the bottom of the action. And yes Lapua and Norma Brass is certainly better than Remington Brass, however at twice the cost, I can't afford the more expensive stuff.
You are correct that the initial cost of 338 Lapua brass is more expensive than the standard Remington 300 RUM, but considering I have loose primer pockets with my (300) RUM brass after 3 firings, and the Lapua case has been reported to have 10-15 reloads (I have yet to confirm this but all reports suggest the same), you will be much farther ahead in terms of $ with the Lapua case in the long run, which turns into quite a deal considering it's the best brass available for consistency and durability.

Originally Posted by Shawn Carlock View Post
The biggest stumbling block for you right now is the Remington factory box mag. .
An affordable drop-in is the HS precision DBM, which is a center feed that works very well on my custom M700 338 LM (started out as a factory MLR 338LM). I originally planned on building a 338 Edge, but in my 300 RUM's the brass life has been poor. The lapua brass is reason enough to go 338 LM, IMO.

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Unread 01-24-2009, 04:48 PM
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Re: .338 lapua model 700 build?


I guess I could have put it in better terms, that after having built the rifle The inital cost difference of the Lapua vs the .338 Edge is quite a bit. I personally like to have 200 or more rounds on hand at all times (and for Brass rotation purposes) and for myself, It would be cheaper to go initally with the Edge. I know I wouldn't be shooting this rig to the same extent I shoot my Varmit rifle so the Brass would serve me for several years. I've seen the cost of Lapua and Norma Brass Skyrocket and their costs have increased much more than Remington and other domestic sources of brass.

I have no problem at all with the Lapua. I would have one if I could, but I also want an Edge and first things first, The Edge would suit my needs better for the first rifle and down the road (if I get a better Job), then I'll try to get a Lapua. The Edge would be more practical right now. But I'm still on Build #2 the Edge will be build #3.

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