Originally Posted by Tyler Kemp
When I turn 18 there will some type of gun buying frenzy...
Why would a 338 be better then the 7mm in a Savage action? Would a fired shot eject without pulling the bolt on the new Savage Target Action? I will not have enough money for a long time to build a full blown custom on a BAT or Nesika action. I have had good luck with Savages, and the new action should be accurate enough, plus the switch barrel thing I like. A laminated stock for >$200, a $500 action, the trigger should be good enough, $500ish for a good barrel and brake and I should be in action. +$300ish for components and dies. Then I can swap barrels to practice and not melt my barrel.
A short action Savage will eject an Ultra Mag length fired case.
A 338 isn't better than a 7mm, they are just different. It all depends what you want to use them for. A 338 barrel will last longer (given the same case capacity). It all depends what you want to do with them. In my opinion, the 338-300Ultra (Edge) is the ultimate caliber for an easy Savage build. The Lapua based wildcats are a little too much for a savage build in my opinion.
Sounds like you have a good plan on your Savage build. If you start with a caliber that is the same bolt head as your ultimate build, you will have a practice barrel and as you said, you can swap it for serious shooting.
Good luck and keep us informed,
BTW: How long til your 18th birthday?