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Is 26" enough barrel for the 338 UltraMag?

 
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Old 09-28-2005, 06:50 PM
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Is 26\" enough barrel for the 338 UltraMag?

I have a chance to buy a Remington 700 BDL in 338 Ultramag. My concern is whether I can gain enough performance in the 26" tube to justify buying it and selling my 26" barreled 338 Win mag. Seems like alot more bang for not alot more performance. What is a good barrel length for this cartridge?
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Old 09-28-2005, 07:19 PM
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Re: Is 26\" enough barrel for the 338 UltraMag?

Well,,,,Hmmmmmm

26" bbl on both. Unless its a good deal $ wise and and is more way more accurate than your Win. I'd nix the deal.

However..... My 338 Win (REM BDL) has only a 24 inch bbl and it shoots sub MOA. I'd make the deal in a new york minute, if I wanted a 338 RUM. The two inches would make a difference, in my case.

26" may not be too far off for a decent length of a 338 RUM. But where your 338 Win has a 26" bbl also, I think the biggest difference you would notice would be the size of the shovel to scoop the powder into it. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Just a side note: If you wish to go to the next level with minimal expenditure and maximum excitement get yourself some Wildcat 338 252gr RBBTs. They reduced my group size from about 1 MOA w/SMKs to more towards 0.5 MOA. If you can hit it with that WC 252 it's gonner, whatever it is. Plus, I'm bettin you can get dang close to 2900 FPS out of that 26" bbl w/some RL-22. Compare those numbers with the published 338 RUM numbers and save some $. Just a tho't.
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Old 09-29-2005, 07:29 AM
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Re: Is 26\" enough barrel for the 338 UltraMag?

Roy,
Just a quick question, i have heared the term a "New York Minute" used many times in US shows on the TV here in England.
What does mean? thanks.

Ian.

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Re: Is 26\" enough barrel for the 338 UltraMag?

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Roy,
Just a quick question, i have heared the term a "New York Minute" used many times in US shows on the TV here in England.
What does mean? thanks.

Ian.

"I meant to shoot the pike but the duck got in the way"

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Ian, New York is a very hectic, busy city. They say the city never sleeps. A minute is a blink of the eye there. Hence, "in a new york minute", means really fast. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Old 09-29-2005, 10:56 AM
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Re: Is 26\" enough barrel for the 338 UltraMag?

I own the 338 RUM and get with the 250gr bullet using RL25 powder 2970 fps with max load. With the 225gr bullet I get 3100 fps max load with same powder. Well I'm happy with it.
Could probably go faster using a different powder. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Old 09-29-2005, 11:26 AM
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Re: Is 26\" enough barrel for the 338 UltraMag?

A 30" barrrel would be my choice...
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Re: Is 26\" enough barrel for the 338 UltraMag?

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A 30" barrrel would be my choice...

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That's what I was thinking. I think I'll just stick with my 338 Win. It's a LH Winchester 70 Classic and it's a beauty. I would hate to part with it. It's had a trigger job, but I need to bed and float it. Recoil is manageable without a muzzlebrake and I probably won't shoot much past 400 yds anyway. Good shooting guys!
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