I don't see much posted on the LM or the improved version and was just curious why. It seems like a large case from a great manufacturer but has very little following. I realize the boltface size difference and action cost but what are the other reasons? I have a 338/378 but would like something away from the weatherby case and a little higher quality gun than I currently have. I am holding off on the 408 case for now until we find out if sierra is going to go with the 375 bullet or not. I will be buying a custom action for any of these rounds and brass cost isn't an issue. If your spending 3K on a components, scope and rings what's another 200 for brass. I like the RUM for effiency but a little more speed would be nice. I am looking for a little experience with these rounds. Thanks
You have asked a very touchy question.they are all awesome cartridges with similar capabitily. the 338LMI has the best brass, but the other's are very capable as well. it is hard to go wrong with a 338
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One year ago, I was debating the same question. I finally decided that with a custom gun, all the components where the same regardless of the exact cartridge, except for the 408 based 338 Allen Magnum, which needs a larger receiver.
I was close to purchasing a 338LM, 338RUM or 30RUM, and felt it would perform fine on Big elk sized game up to 1000+ yards. I already had a very accurate 7mmRM that I felt comfortable with up to 800yds or so. But after much thought I decided I should make a bigger step than a RUM or LM. Looking at the ballistics, I decided the 338AM was my particular ticket. It only took a year to decide to have Kirby (FiftyDriver) build me one of his 408 based 338s. Now I'll be waiting for one, if I had decided a year earlier, I'd already be shooting it.
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I would really like to stay below the 408 capacity for a 338 right now. I will be using a custom action, cut barrel and A5L stock probably with a barrel block. I really like the LM case and the cost difference over the UM is negligable once all the parts are set. I have considered getting the lawton 8000 action with two bolts to have the LM and 408 in a switch barrel situation. I would like to pick a non-408 338 to start up now.
I don't believe you would gain much with a sharper shoulder on the RUM case. It's already a 30 deg shoulder with minimal body taper. I don't think there is much room there to gain. The LM has a little more room to grow from what I can see. It's sad the LM case isn't .100 or 2 longer. It's just a big step from those cases to the 408...dang it. Does anyone have the case capacity numbers for the edge, LM, 338/408 and the 338/408 improved?