Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Hunting > Long Range Hunting & Shooting

Long Range Hunting & Shooting Nightforce Optics


Reply

short barreled 338

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-12-2010, 05:16 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 139
short barreled 338

At this point all I own are heavy, long barreled rifles. I'm tired of packing really heavy rifles and am needing thoughts or information on making an rifle with an 18" barrel. I'm thinking of 338 EDGE as I already am set up for loading this one.

Is it feasable to use an short barreled 338 that is also much lighter in weight, or is this thing going to recoil like crazy even with an brake.

I've checked out the 338 Edge pistol threads, but I am looking for an lighter shorter 338 that is kind to backpacking and is in rifle/not pistol form.

Am I looking for the impossible or are there solutions?

Maybe what I'm looking for doesn't exist.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-12-2010, 05:31 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: SW MO
Posts: 1,173
Re: short barreled 338

I think you would be looking at tremendous muzzle blast, even without a brake. You could still build a light weight rig without the super short barrel. There are many ways to shave off weight from a rifle such as slabbing the action, fluting the bolt body and skeletonizing the bolt handle, very light weight synthetic stock, smaller barrel contour and/or fluting plus aluminum one piece scope base/ring combo like Talley's. The last thing I would do would be to shorten the barrel that far. Not trying to criticize, just throwing out some things you might not have thought of.
__________________
Lefties are the only ones in their right minds!
(and I ain't talkin' politics!)

NRA Life Member

Last edited by sambo3006; 04-12-2010 at 05:40 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-12-2010, 05:51 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Camino, CA
Posts: 193
Re: short barreled 338

In a barrel that short you might be better suited looking at a 338 norma mag. I think people were saying these cases do better with shorter barrel than the lapua or EDGE does....
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-12-2010, 06:11 PM
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Colorado
Posts: 55
Re: short barreled 338

Howdy , I know there are alot of folks here ... that have Lots of Shooting / Hunting Experience ....But , Please don't underestimate the shorter barrels , in these Large Calibers . A 338 Norma would be Great .
I understand these Shorter Barrels are Not the Norm and are Not what is Promoted for getting the Best Performance with these types of cartridges .But....
A few of us have built Pistols in the larger calibers . Calibers from the Standard Magnums to Edges and Lapua Improved cases . Although we do loose some speed with our shorter barrels , these are still very accurate and useful as Target and Hunting Guns. Many of these are shot past 1500 yds... and soon ... I'm sure , will be shot at a Mile or more ...
I think if a short barreled Rifle in one of these calibers fits your wants or needs ... Then Build It.
And Enjoy it ...

Just my thoughts

Ray

Last edited by Ray Prager; 04-12-2010 at 06:24 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-13-2010, 11:41 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 139
Re: short barreled 338

I'll have to look into the 338 Norma some more and see what the costs are for components.

It just seems to me that if folks are now using heavy pistols in the 338 cals, why not an handy short/carbine style rifle? An 18"-20" tube would be nice to carry and should provide slightly more or equal velocity as the pistol versions.


Ruger makes an 338 rcm with an 20" tube but I'm not inclined toward Ruger rifle products.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-14-2010, 10:08 AM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 1,654
Re: short barreled 338

Quote:
Originally Posted by shortshooter View Post
I'll have to look into the 338 Norma some more and see what the costs are for components.

It just seems to me that if folks are now using heavy pistols in the 338 cals, why not an handy short/carbine style rifle? An 18"-20" tube would be nice to carry and should provide slightly more or equal velocity as the pistol versions.


Ruger makes an 338 rcm with an 20" tube but I'm not inclined toward Ruger rifle products.
If you get the time call Tim North @ broughton rifle barrels . Last I talked to him he said someone was shooting a short barreled .338 and nocking elk down waaay out yonder.

BigBuck
__________________
"Molon Labe"
IN DIXIE WE DON"T CALL 911 !
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-14-2010, 10:21 AM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Federal Way, WA
Posts: 204
Re: short barreled 338

I'm not trying to rag but it sounds like you're trying to fit a square peg in a round hole with this one. The .338 EDGE was designed to be a long range round throwing big pills out of long barrels. It kind of negates the purpose out of a shorter barrel and it's almost a waste.

I think the first question I would have would be what do you want to hunt with it and at what range? Depending on that you may be more suited to building a climbing rifle in something traditional like a .270, .280 or .30-06. There's plenty of wildcat options for those too if you want something that's a little different.

Now that the practical stuff is out of the way, it would be pretty sweet to feel the blast from that thumper!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads for: short barreled 338
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
short barreled 6.5x 284 madcharlie61 Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics 10 07-02-2011 08:06 AM
.50bmg short barreled velocities? anyone know? snake Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics 1 04-23-2011 12:38 PM
short barreled 7mm mag. jorvin Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics 4 11-07-2010 01:33 PM
short barreled 6br w/ 55 gr. bullets goodgrouper Reloading 4 12-30-2004 09:37 AM
Short necks=short throat life?? goodgrouper Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics 15 12-25-2004 12:08 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:00 PM.


Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC