Originally Posted by Mike 338
Has anyone built a standard weight (<10 lbs.) 338 Norma Magnum and if so, what are your thoughts now that you have it? I'm curious about twist, barrel contour, ease of reloading, brass durability, felt recoil and do you like it enough to keep it forever?
I built a 338 norma mag about 3 years ago it has a 25 in. custom stainless barrel less the brake.It has a remington contour in light varmit,it weighs 12 lbs. with a 26 pwr. horus scope on it. I am using norma brass and I annealed the cases before using them.So far I have cracked about 5 case necks while shooting 3,000 rounds in the 3 years that I have had it. I have a .total of 250 cases that i have been loading . I have shot 300,250, and 225gr. bullets with various powders but my favorite load is 77gr. of IMR 4350 with a 225 gr. barnes triple x bullet @2800 F.P.S.The best group was .051 thousants 3 shots at 100 yrds.The best group at 500 yrds. is 1.006 thousants .The only real problem that i've had is shooting the gun and getting it hot in the summer, is sometimes when you do this you will get brass build up in the barrel. The best thing to do is have a good bore scope to check after you clean it. I have the same problem with my 300WSM and my 270WSM I just think that is going to happen if you shoot that fast with a big bullet.This is my favorite gun, I love the big blast.If you shoot 700 yrds you can see the bullet hit the target it takes that long for the gun to settle down on the target again.I built the gun on a remington 700 30.06 action with no problems. The gunsmith had no problem opening up the bolt face for the bullet.Robert synder built the gun for me from manning Iowa. www.rwsgunsmithing.com
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