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Will the 338 be worth it??

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Old 09-28-2011, 03:30 PM
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Will the 338 be worth it??

Here is where I am at.....I have a hunting blind/cabin/benchrest/shooting shack which is on a big ridge and is also on 25 foot stilts I use during deer hunting. We are able to see and shoot as far as we want to...not that we do. I have a spot that I want to bait that is unhuntable up close. It is 1375 yards out. I usualy have my 1000 yard LG set up in the cabin. BAT 8.5 M with a magnum bolt face. I have been considering screwing on a 338 EDGE tube, which is all the firepower I can come up with without buying a new bolt.
The only thing holding me back is the fact that I have a 30 cal tube now spitting out 210 VLD Bergers at 3275 FPS. The chrono was telling me 3230 and I didn't believe it so I did a drop test out to 1000 yards on my range.....I actualy had to INCREASE the velocity to 3275 in the computer to make the drops work out!! I tested and retested. I didn't show ANY psi signs (other than the chrono data) untill I was 2 gr hotter and I got the telltale "click" or "hitch" at the top of the bolt lift. I also got slight primer cratering also.

From what I have read here, the most I can expect from an Edge would be 2800 fps with the 300 gr bullets. On the other hand, all I can "expect" out of a 300 WBY is 3000 FPS with 210 gr bullets!!! Plugging those numbers in the computer shows an increase in energy by 400 lbs with the 338, from 1100 to 1500, but a loss in FPS over the 210 vld. Now, I know the phrase " no replacement for displacement" could apply here....At those velocitys will the bullet open up? A 338 hole is bigger than a 308 hole.

Do any of you/would any of you go through the expence of a new tube for this platform? BBL, gunsmith, brass, bullets, dies, cleaning supplies, ect...
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Old 09-28-2011, 03:35 PM
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Re: Will the 338 be worth it??

Forget the Edge, I would say go with a 300RUM and 240SMK's. That will put the smack down on a deer at 1375yds. My brother in law's brother shot an elk at 1550yd with a 30x416. I think the RUM is running real close to those types of velocities. The Hornady 225 and Berger 230 would also be viable choices.

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Old 09-28-2011, 04:52 PM
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Re: Will the 338 be worth it??


I aready have 900 240 SMK's laying around.....just cant get them to shoot the small groups like the VLD's. Switching to them, probably loosing a hundred FPS in the process with my present tube will net me very, very little. Not to mention that, in my lay opinion, the SMK is a tougher bullet, and is less likey to open up at that 1500 - 1600 FPS range than the Berger.

I don't know what I would gain going to a RUM......I already am well past most reasonable RUM numbers already......and even at best would only gain 50 to 100 FPS. Like I said...this bbl/action combination is a freak of nature. if someone told me that they were getting these numbers I would laugh at them. Like I said, the PSI numbers I am generating must be near off the charts. But, like I said ....I am showing ZERO PSI SIGNS!!!! Except those my brain conjers up when looking at the chrono data!!!
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:54 PM
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Re: Will the 338 be worth it??

I'd in all seriousness stick with what you are shooting now.

Just practice and go get 'em..
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:25 PM
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Re: Will the 338 be worth it??

Without reading your post I said "yes" it's worth it.

But I happen to read it and think you've got something good going on right now. I'm with the others on this one, stick with whatcha got.
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:35 PM
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Re: Will the 338 be worth it??

If you were shooting elk and moose I'd say "go for it". For deer I certainly wouldn't because you have a really sweet thing going already.
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:58 PM
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Re: Will the 338 be worth it??

If it aint broke, dont fix it!
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