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.30-378 Wtby Mag vs .30-338 Lapua Mag vs .300 RUM vs .300 Jarrett

 
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Old 02-07-2007, 03:06 PM
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.30-378 Wtby Mag vs .30-338 Lapua Mag vs .300 RUM vs .300 Jarrett

I need y'alls help on this one. I'm trying to narrow down my choices for a long range hunting rifle. Please, if you don't mind, tell me which one you would choose and your reasoning behind that choice. If you need any other info from me just ask. Just wanting to hear the pros and cons of these 4 options.

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Old 02-07-2007, 07:49 PM
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Re: .30-378 Wtby Mag vs .30-338 Lapua Mag vs .300 RUM vs .300 Jarrett

30-378 WM - factory gun, expensive ammo, but very reasonable with handloading

300 RUM - factory gun, moderately priced ammo but very reasonable to handload

300 Jarrett - non-factory gun, no factory ammo but easily made from 8mm brass which is fairly cheap

30-338 Lapua - expensive gun, very expensive brass, seasonal production runs on brass, no good source of ammo but reloading would be easy.

My vote is the .30-378, but if price is an issue, the
300 RUM is the way to go (as much as I hate Remington stuff). The other stuff is a pain. Pick one of these and you will do fine. If you want loading info for the 30-378, let me know. Got 150 grainers at over 3700 and some 190 grainers at 3400. Seeya
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Old 02-07-2007, 08:11 PM
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Re: .30-378 Wtby Mag vs .30-338 Lapua Mag vs .300 RUM vs .300 Jarrett

If you like toying around with wild cats, the go with the 300 jarett or 30-338 LM.

If you like using expensive crap brass, go with the 30-378 wby.

If you want an inherently accurate rifle with more of a selection of brass, go with the 300 RUM.

The 300 RUM gets my vote. The reasons?? While the 30-378 will be faster than the 300 RUM with a given twist, barrel length and bullet weight/style. You will only get your brass from 1 source, weatherby and it is not very concistent. The 300 RUM at least offers you federal, remington and nosler brass and its getting better year after year. Also, there is no pesky belts to work around, although, with some effort, you can bypass the belt altogether. Also, the remington 700 action is an all time favorite among most LR shooters and alot of good rifle smiths will not build a 30-378 wby on a 700. If a 700 is the action of choice and your smith wont build the 30-378, that leaves the 300 RUM or 300 jarrett as the likely candidates.

Ask your self which qualities are most important to you and what will make you happy. Confidence is part of the key to this sport. Remember though, that it is only part. Confidence also comes with a rifle and round that will lend itself to doing what you want. I want differant things than you and you want differant things than others here. If all you want to do is see how fast you can drive a 180 grain bullet, and dont have an aversion to the Mark V action, or dont mind building on an action with a smaller bolt for a huge case then the choice is simple. The 30-378. If you can afford a little less velocity and want better and cheaper brass, the 300 RUM or jarrett will work fine.
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Re: .30-378 Wtby Mag vs .30-338 Lapua Mag vs .300 RUM vs .300 Jarrett

go with the ultra.
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Old 02-07-2007, 08:38 PM
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Re: .30-378 Wtby Mag vs .30-338 Lapua Mag vs .300 RUM vs .300 Jarrett

The gun will be custom made no matter which way I go. I'm looking for a very accurate long range rifle. That way I'll know the gun can do it, it's all up to me now. I want something in the .30 cal area and I like many people I want the best and baddest thing I can afford. I reload, so ammunition will be somewhat cheaper.
I plan on dropping a good chunk of change on this gun so I'm just trying to make the best decision for myself. I just don't want to build it and think later down the road that I should have just researched my choices a little more. I want long range, flat shooting, extremely accurate power, (probably a common want around here)and I'm just trying to figure out which one of these will make me happiest.

I really appreiciate your responses.
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Old 02-07-2007, 09:43 PM
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Re: .30-378 Wtby Mag vs .30-338 Lapua Mag vs .300 RUM vs .300 Jarrett

look into the allen magnums shooting the wildcat bullets. As far as I know they are the biggest meanest mo foes out there that will fit on a factory reciever. The 338am wont though.
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Re: .30-378 Wtby Mag vs .30-338 Lapua Mag vs .300 RUM vs .300 Jarrett

Go with a 300 Tomahawk (300 RUM Imp). It will drive 190 Bergers to 3600 fps accurately. Get a quality barrel with 1:11 twist and don't look back. If you are going to spend "a chunk of change," go all out. That's what I would do, and it doesn't have to cost a big chunk either.
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