Originally Posted by Joel Russo
Long Time Long Ranger~
Just for clarification... The .338 Big Baer is based off of the .408 case. The .330 Baer is based off the .378 Wby case.
Both are improved versions with 35* shoulders and minimal taper.
The .330 Baer will not get you 3200 fps with the 300 SMK.
I saw a .338 Big Baer at Ship a couple of years ago. It had a cartridge that looked like it should go in something with wheels on it. The rifle was huge, weighed 34 lbs and had a big looooooong barrel - no muzzle brake. It was apparently "the" main rifle for a group of 5 or 6 guys that take it to a place in NW Colorado every year Elk hunting. They said the best place to hunt had shots of 800 to 1200 yards. They carry it to their hunting stand in a 4WD Kawasake Diesel vehicle.
Their whole year is getting ready for and then going on their Elk Hunting trip.
Anyway, they set it up on the 800 yard target, shot 4 shots into a 4" group (one of them was calling the shots looking through binoculars made from two 80mm spotting scopes), then took it to the 100 yard range with some tall paper to get data for an emergency zero if they had to change scopes, put it back in it's coffin (big wooden case for the rifle), and left.
They are the only folks I've seen shoot a group like that at 800 from a cold bore including the bench rest guys that sometimes shoot there.
I asked them how much powder it had in it, it was well over a 100 grains (140?) but I forget the exact answer.
They said there were 6 rifles like that as far as they knew - all built by the same guy (Baer) here in PA.
They weren't using a chronograph so I've no velocity numbers. It was a genuine big-boomer.