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Unread 03-25-2009, 06:59 PM
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ready for a new build

im starting with a sako m995 trg-s it is currently a 30-378. im up in the air with what to do with it. possibly a 338-378 or stay with the 30. i have lots of once fired, expensive 30-378 brass. what are the chances of this brass working in the new barrel. would i be able to use it in the 338 barrel. can i build a 338 edge with this bolt face. what kind of stock can i get for the sako. i would like to go with a hunter style stock. I am open to suggestions of any kind. Thanks
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    Unread 03-25-2009, 07:52 PM
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    Re: ready for a new build

    If you have lots of the brass you can always resize it in 30-378 or 338-378. I would go with a different caliber unless you had LOTS of 30-378 brass though.
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    Unread 03-25-2009, 08:08 PM
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    i do have a couple hundreed casings that are fired several times. some once and some up to 4 times and in between. Iwas thinking of 338 edge but was wondering if the bolt face was too big. i have not decided on anything yet. whats wrong with the weatherby's.
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    Unread 03-25-2009, 10:09 PM
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    ive been using a 30x378 for about 25 years for long range hunting in pa.
    mine is a heavy gun with a custom action, barrel block, and a 36" barrel.
    with a 200 gr. sierra matchking, my velocity is about 3500 f.p.s.
    i dont think that velocity could be obtained with a barrel less than about 32". the factory weatherby with its 26" barrel dosent come close.
    when i had my gun built, the gunsmith wouldnt use any action but a custom, or a weatherby, and that only after lapping the lugs.
    i know nothing about your action. from what i hear they are a good action, but you are talking about big cartridges here.
    i wouldnt be making a decision based on the brass you own.
    the bolt face isnt a problem, a filler can be installed to make it standard mag.

    i also have another 30 cal. built on a modified 378 case. its an 18 lb. gun with a 30" barrel and a weatherby action.
    we use that gun 90% of the time. its about the same as a 300 ultra mag.
    if i were you, id look seriously at one of those cartridges. either the 7mm, or the 300, would make excellant pa. long range outfits.

    kevin cram is a sponser here. lives in danville, not far from you. a long range shooter, hunter, and gunsmith. i believe he has a 338x378. it would be worth a call.
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    Unread 03-27-2009, 05:23 PM
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    Re: ready for a new build

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    can i build a 338 edge with this bolt face.
    No you can not, The 338 RUM/EDGE case heads are smaller than the 378 WBY case head.

    Are wanting to accept the freebore of the WBY Mag's? If not you may want to look at another wildcat.

    Just my two bits.
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    Unread 03-28-2009, 09:25 PM
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    i have seen several 378 bolt faces reduced to standard mag. size with a filler. ive not owned one, and cant vouch for how they work out but ive seen it.
    it would be worth asking a good gunsmith that question.
    on the other hand i have used a standard mag boltface on a 30x378 by rebating the rim just as the ultra mag does.
    reason for that was the bolt wasent large enough to open up the face.
    i also reduced the powder charge due to the smaller bolt.
    so what i had was a 300 ultramag about 15 years before they came out.
    the dammed thing shot better than the one i have now.
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    Unread 03-28-2009, 11:08 PM
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    Re: ready for a new build

    I started w/ the same rifle. Decided to build mine on the .338 Lapua case, which works with your bolt face. So you could do the factory .338 Lapua or a wildcat based on the .338 Lapua. Gives you better brass. Sell the Weatherby brass and move on. Just my opinion, nobody needs to yell at me now.

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