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Old 01-28-2010, 08:03 PM
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I am looking to purchase or have built a 338 lapua, or possibly one of the 338 variants. I have looked at ar 30 and sako trg 42 i have not priced any custom rifles i would like to keep the rifle under 3500 or reasonably close. Any info would be appreciated as well as the names of any rifle builders that are reputable. Also is there a great advantage betwwen the 338 edge or allen mag and the lapua round. Thanks in advance for any help
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:46 PM
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I'm not the guy that is going to answer many questions. But, you could give some of the heavy hitters on this site a little more info. What are you looking to do with this gun? Do you have a time frame for getting the gun built? Do you reload? Is $3500 for a complete rifle?
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:54 PM
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You should be able to build a custom for around the price you seek. As far as reputable smiths there are quite a few on this site.Check out Fiftydriver - Kirby Allen- Allen Precision Shooting. Nate308 - Nathan Dagley - Straight Shot Gunsmithing. Shawn Carlock -Defensive Edge. Coyboy - Jim See - Center Shot Rifles. Kevin Cram - Mcrifles. Just search site for their contact info as all are sponsors here and reputable. These are just a few off the top of my head to point you in the right direction. There are others as well. Hopefully others will chime in. I suggest contacting them and Im sure they will be happy to explain build cost and differences in the 338s you are looking at. Im having a custom built now from Kirby in 338 Ax.The Edge and Lapua are almost ballistic twins.Next step up is the 338 Ax or Lapua improved. Then at the top of the heap is the 338 Allen Mag and the other .408 based 338s.Hope this helps.

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Old 01-28-2010, 09:44 PM
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Not a lot of difference in velocity between the big 338's unless you get into necking the 408 chey-tac case. Just depends on what you want to do with the rifle. You want primarily a bench gun or a hunting rifle to carry around all day? In a hunting weight rifle the 340 wby, 338 ultramag, 338-300 ultramag or edge, 338 lapua and lapua imp, and the 338-378 wby are all within 250 fps of each other. All will easily kill elk size game at 100+ yards. They go up the velocity scale in that order. I have all and all are very accurate if built right. If you want an over the counter rifle the remington 700 338 ultramag is a good rifle. Mine shoots 4 1/2" groups at 750 yards. The Weatherby 338-378 Accumark is the most powerful of the 338's in a hunting weight rifle and most shoot extremely well off the shelf. Both of those you can do under $1500. I am not a fan of the Sako's once they cut costs by eliminating the recoil lug on the action. No really good way to bed it for extreme accuracy.

If you go the custom route and it is a carry weight hunting rifle for long range hunting I would go for all the velocity I could get. Eliminating as much wind drift as possible is the most critical element of long range hunting and the quickest time of flight to target has the least wind drift. That is why when I get serious with long range hunting I always pick up my 338-378 weatherby with quite a bit more velocity than the standard Lapua or anything built off the ultramag case. I own and shoot them all. The 338-378 gets the most work when it really counts.
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Old 01-28-2010, 09:58 PM
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I am looking for a target rifle that will see some field time hunting I would like to stay in the 12 pound or less range
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:10 PM
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Target, at what range? What animal would you be hunting? And what range would you like to hunt at?
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:51 PM
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That eliminates all the versions of the 338-408 chey-tac. I listed the off the shelf ones I would go with. If you do a custom rifle I would go beyond the performance of the 340 weatherby, the ultramag case stuff and the standard Lapua. I would jump up to the performance of a Lapua improved , 338-378 wby or 338-416 rigby improved. Feet per second do count in wind drift. Those are the top three velocity wise in that order.
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