So you have just about every long range caliber there is....less than a 338 magnum of some sort.
You want an EXTREMELY accurate,well made rifle that is not too heavy to carry,and still enjoyable to spend a day at the range....and doesn't need a lot of work with brass
Budget ...$4000 or less for rifle,planning on
First: who would you have build it.?
Second, since 1000 yds is the minimum range requirement
Any other 338?
Thanks for your input
Well, i don't have a 338, but if I were to put one together, I'd have Kevin over at MCR, or defensive edge throw together a 338 edge, 28 inch medium palma with muzzlebrake and try to keep the weight under 14 lbs. Remmy action is fine, but you could do a custom with that budget. Flush cups on the left side with a two shouldered sling to help with carrying. As far as the brass, it'd be easy enough to form the brass, and it'd be cheaper than any of the alternatives and easier to make your own out of the wildcat options. Ballistically you'd lose nothing to the lapua and would have plenty of gas. To me, the Edge is the best ballanced round for the money out of the 338s. Now if you want the biggest one, do the AX....but be prepaired to pay for that one too. Best of luck.
"If God didn't want you to shoot a deer, he wouldn't have put a white target under their chins..." -Dad to a non-hunting preacher.
There is a Defensive Edge-338 RUM for sale in classifieds here,shoots bug holes, light low round count,price is great w/300 brass.More $$ same place a APS 338 ax,BUILD NOT QUITE FINISHED YET, for sale,full blown custom. First is custom on trued action I think.NO WAIT
if you dont want to do much brass prep you are left with the .338 RUM, .338 Lapua, Norma, .338-.378 Wby, the Lazzeroni's(crazy pricey though). The .338 Edge is easy, just need custom dies.
When you step up to the improved cases most of the time you only need fire forming, which isnt a real big deal. My preffrence if I were to go improved would be the .338 AX. It is the biggest configuration of the .338 Lapua case, which means fireform once and your brass can be good for 20+ fireings if your good to it.
The .338 Allen Mag is the top dog. It (apperantly) makes 1k shooting easy, but comes at a cost. That cost being wieght, $$$ and barrel life. but so sweet. it'll get you to 2000 yards if its well set up. That being said I believe that Kirby (owns APS and the creator of the Allen Mags) has headstamped, ready to go brass. just load em up.
All that out of the way, if I had your budget I would go for a .338 AX. I would talk to my smith about components that he likes.