Im currently gathering parts for a 338 build and want to seek some additional input on here. This rifle will be used for LR elk hunting (600-1000 or so), as well as LR target play (as far as I can stretch it). It may also be used for mule deer occasionally but my 700 LTR .308 is my main deer rifle for the columbian blacktail that I usually hunt.
Here's what I have ordered or in hand already:
-Kreiger .338 1:10 twist stainless, MTU contour with (6) 1/4" flutes, 30" finished length.
-McM A5 with KMW adjustable cheek, swirl finish 50% OD, 25% tan, 25% black, R700 LA footprint, Seekins DBM inlet, sniper fill.
DBM with (2) mags, 3.94" COAL.
-R700 Sendero II barreled action (was a 300 RUM)
-Badger 20MOA R700 base
What I still need to get (input very much welcomed):
-Rifle Basix trigger to replace the X mark
. At this point I'm leaning towards the APA "fat bastard" (American Precision Arms - FB (Fat Bastard) brake
-Nightforce NXS 5.5-22x50, MLR reticle, mil adjustments with zerostop.
-Rings, pretty much set on Seekins Precision.
Louisiana Precision Rifles (Louisiana Precision Rifles LLC.
) is doing the build. I've had him do some work on an FN SPR previously and was really happy with the results. I hope to have all the parts in hand by mid April and ship them off to him. The turnaround on his end will probably be 1-2 months, which will leave me pretty much the entire summer to do load development and get familiar with it in time for elk season (November). That's the plan anyway
I've read a ton on the Edge, and am happy on settling with that over the lapua. I already had the Sendero so using that action as a base seemed like a good idea. I'll try and keep this post updated as the build goes along. Some of the things I'm currently wondering:
-Re 300 RUM brass in loading for the Edge, has anyone tried other than Rem (Nosler?), and was there a noticeable quality / accuracy difference? If so, anyone know where I can find some? Everyone appears to be out of the Nosler 300 RUM.
-Is anyone else using the Seekins DBM system? How is it working out, feeding, etc? I'm really impressed with it's appearance and feel, and really like the added flexibility with the 3.94" COAL.
-Anyone have any pics of a similar setup? I'm really curious how the MTU Kreiger with heavy flutes will end up looking like.
-General critiques of the build plan.