Ok I'm New to this but I have a question. I would like a rifle that I could hunt elk with out to 800 yards. would I be better off buying n accumark and sending it to Bob Hart for the accuracy package, about $2400. Or should I buy the mark v synthetic$1300 and then do a stock, New barrel nd accuracy job done. Both old cost relatively the same but what would shoot better. I also like the fact I could choose my barrel length. Any help would be a help thanks.
I actually thought about it but two of my friends have them, so I thought bigger oh coarse. I really do like the round to. I know it would be cheaper but im one of those that just must be different. I did the same thing with .25 cal.
That was my original thought but heard horror stories and thought of maybe building off of the cheaper one just not sure never built before. I say this because I just got a mark v 257 and shoots like crap so it got sent out for barrel and bedding just dont want it to happen again. Help I am willing to listen. Thank you.
I used to have a 338-378 Accumark. Bought it brand new. Had a NF 5.5-22x56 on it. It would shoot MOA as long as you didn't try and push it very hard. Shot mostly 225/250 Accubonds and some Barnes 225 ttsx. If I never shot them much over 3050fps it shot well. If you tried to steam them up for more FPS the groups opened up and it looked like a shotgun pattern.
IMO, the skinny #3 factory barrel is/was the problem. I think you need a lot more meat in the barrel when you're shooting a cannon like the 338-378.
I would go with a straight 338 Lapua and see how it shoots. If you have a love affair with Weatherby I think they chamber 338 Lapua in one of their factory rifles now too.