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Old 04-19-2008, 09:15 AM
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338 Edge, RUM or WIN Mag

I have been wrestling with the idea of building a 5-700 yard big game rifle for some months now. I donít even know where there is a range to shoot 500 yards in my neck of the woods.

I understand the 338 Edge and Laupa are great for long range work. I also understand that these guns are going to cost a couple of grand plus to have built.

My questions for now are;

How does a 338 RUM or Win Mag. Compare down range to the Edge or Laupa?

If one could build a sub-moa RUM or WM on a Savage action for half the cost of a custom Edge or similar rifle is it really worth the extra expense of rifle, brass and case prep for the custom gun?

Is there a better option for a Savage barrel instillation?

Keeping in mind I am not wanting to shoot 1,000 plus targets, rather targets in the 5-700 yard range.

Your collective feedback is appreciated.
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Old 04-19-2008, 10:02 AM
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The 308 Win will meet your requirements in spades........
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Old 04-19-2008, 10:50 AM
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Any 338 wiil work at 500-700 yds

Even the 338 WM will lanch a 225 accubond at 2800+ or the new 250 gr accubond at 2700fps in a 24 inch barrel. This is adequate for 500 yds at least on elk size game. The 338 RUM will add another 200fps+. With the 250 gr Accbond that will easily get to 700. If you have a longer barrel with the RUM you could move up to the 300 gr SMK and be at 1000 yds. This isn't much behind the Lapua or the Edge. The RUM in a savage would be a very good starting rig for someone who wants good value.

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Going from a 338 WinMag to a 338 Rum by just switching barrels I would say the following.

The 338 WinMag will do the job IF you can get the extreme velocity spread under 15 or better. The WinMag was super accurate at 200yds but out at 830 it was a chase due to vertical spread which was due to inconsistent velocities. I just couldn't make it work no matter how/what I tried. I was shooting 250s hotter than Hades BTW.

I switched to the 338 RUM barrel and stumbled onto a US-869 load w/300 SMKs that the ES was 1. Plus it was very accurate. With that the steel coyote at 830 was pretty much no fun anymore as it was tumbled almost every shot and it was a long walk out there and back for the next shot.

Not a jab at jwp475 but the 308 Win. is kind of not a "manly" cartridge.;)
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Old 04-19-2008, 11:24 AM
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i love the 338 caliber but if 700 yards is the max, i'd consider a 300 win mag. bullet selection can't be beat in 308 caliber, great brass is available. a 338WM would hit a little harder...on both ends!
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Old 04-19-2008, 11:37 AM
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I donít even know where there is a range to shoot 500 yards in my neck of the woods.


Roy, the 308 may not be manly in IYHO. I based my answer on the statement above. This lead me to believe that the gentleman was, is a newbie to LRH and nothing wrong with that. We all must learn to crawl before walking and the 308 is not the only one, but it is a great round to learn with...
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Roy, the 308 may not be manly in IYHO. I based my answer on the statement above. This lead me to believe that the gentleman was, is a newbie to long range hunting and nothing wrong with that. We all must learn to crawl before walking and the 308 is not the only one, but it is a great round to learn with...
Didn't mean to get under your skin. Poor attempt at humor

I agree that the 308 Win would do very well under those conditions.

I'm assembling a 6BR for pretty much the same thing ant its even more puny than the 308 Win.;)
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