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Old 02-23-2014, 10:52 PM
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Lets beat this horse one more time

So, I woke up this morning and decided that I just had to have a 30-378 weatherby, after looking at the possibilities with the 230 berger I was ready to pull the trigger on one. So much so that I went ahead and ordered a set of dies from midway. The more research I did I came to find out that they make the weatherby mark v in 338 lapua too. I love the 338 lapua, I have owned two previously and I have a new GA precision 338 that I just bought at my gunsmith right now being bedded into a manners T5. It has a #7 bartlein though and it is gonna be a bit heavy for any serious packing. I have a custom 300 win already and I'm looking to get an elk hammer. Which being as I'm from Ky it will also get a good deal of whitetail time, but like I said I have a 300 win for whitetail and smaller stuff. I'm wanting a packable size big boomer. The weatherby accumark is approx 8 1/2 lb versus the rem 700 police at about 9lb and the savage HS precision at around 10lb or the savage lrh at around 8lb. I really like ballistics of the 30-378 but since I'm already set up for lapua I don't know if it is worth the cost of setting up for the 30-378 for the difference in performance. What do you all say?
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:03 AM
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Re: Lets beat this horse one more time

The 338 Lapua with a 300gr bullet will impact with more authority than the 30-378 with a 230gr bullet which, I think is what you are looking for? As for cost my buddy has a 338 lapua and a 338-378 and he's rechambering his 338-378 to 338 lapua so he doesn't have to feed two different 338's.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:10 AM
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Re: Lets beat this horse one more time

Yes, Yes, Yes,

7mm bullet out of any magnum size case will do the job to 1000, with decent placement. The rest is just splitting hairs and spending money. The important part is having confidence to pull the trigger and having the confidence to know it will be a good hit.

That said I have a 300 RUM, 338-378, 338 snipe and a 50 cal, because...... it's fun.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:44 AM
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Re: Lets beat this horse one more time

The 300 gr bullet does have more energy but actually not a lot more when you consider the difference in velocity that is possible with the 30-378. The biggest thing I'm looking at is the ballistics. With a 230 berger running around 3050-3150 which I think is very doable, you're looking at around 19-20 moa to get to 1000yds which means it needs approx 4moa to get to say 400yds. Now for a hunting rifle this is important because while hunting I can pre dial 2moa into my scope making me 2" high at 100yds and only 8" low at 400yds so in the even that a quick shot is nesacary I can point and shoot out to about 400yds which is as far as most of the shooting goes on where I hunt. When you get into the heavier 30 cal bullets the 30 cal becomes to the 338 like the 7mm is to the 30 cal, longer slimmer high bc bullets being driven at extreme velocity. Not to mention It is a cool round and not everybody has one. Do the accumarks produce the kind of accuracy to be able to hunt with them at the magical 1000yd line though?
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:56 AM
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Re: Lets beat this horse one more time

Sounds like you are talking yourself into the 30-378 and you already have dies ordered and I say go for it.
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:04 AM
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Re: Lets beat this horse one more time

ha ha I figured that was the best way to do it. I was about ready to pull the trigger last night I just had a few questions. I suspect If I do get one I may sell my lapua. I don't know for sure yet, but if i can get all the horsepower I need in a 30 cal then I will only have to buy one type of bullet for reloading, I can switch it up with my 300 win mag and that way I can buy in bulk, but I don't know. I probably would sell the Lapua though if anyone were interested feel free to pm me, I'll give you all the details on it.
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:57 AM
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Re: Lets beat this horse one more time

I have a few 300 wbys, one of which pushes the 230 out at 30-378 speeds. LOVE it! BUT....I built an EDGE last spring and just might LOVE IT MORE!!! I really didn't NEED the EDGE....never going to go after elk, moose, or ???.. but I just HAD to have one. You can't go wrong with either.

There, now, did that help??? Probably not.

On a side note...this is "LONG RANGE HUNTING". Why would you zero ANY gun at 100 yards?? Zero at 300 and you will be good from 0 to around 350. No "pre dialing"..no holding over...just point and shoot. If you need to "thread the needle" at close range, just dial down.

Just my .02!!
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