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338 Titan vs 338 Lapua Imp.

 
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Old 01-21-2002, 05:20 PM
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Re: 338 Titan vs 338 Lapua Imp.

Steve

If I was to chamber a rifle with the same 338 lapua imp, who would you reccommend I have do it? Would you email me the contact info. for the smith that did yours?

who made your custom dies?

How much did it cost to chamber? how much were the dies?

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Old 01-21-2002, 06:01 PM
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Re: 338 Titan vs 338 Lapua Imp.

sr90,
To have the same chambering as mine it would have to be done by David Tooley of Tooley Custom Rifles in Gastonia, NC. He has the proprietary rights to this reamer design. Dave does all of my work, but you need a sense of humor when you talk to him!! He has a very good reputation and just this summer one of his rifles shot the IBS 1,000yd 5 shot world record group at the NC 1,000yd range with an official 1.603" group using another one of his reamer designs in 30 caliber. I know there are other 338 Lapua Improved designs out there but I don't know which 'smiths actually have the reamers on hand. Dave 338 Yogi reamer is actually a set ground at the same time to make the rifle chamber, then another to cut the sizing and seating dies with. Dave uses Newlon blanks for the sizing dies and then has them hardened after cutting. He seating dies are Wilson blanks that he again cuts whatever chambering you need.
I see your in Utah. I beleive John Ricks up in Washington State?? has a 338 Lapua Improved reamer also. But I can't say how similar it is to what I have. John has a good reputation also on the west coast. As for the cost.. I can't remember as it was all wrapped up in one bill and that was almost 3yrs ago now. That was a big check though. It's seems as though the dies were around $200. Dave just setback the same barrel, rechamered, recrowned, and put a slight taper on the outside of the barrel for $225 to give you an idea. See his web page for further details and he does have a price list to go by. If you want to talk to him, call!!!!.... don't email even though he has an email address right from his web page. Some old sailors just don't get it. and you can tell him I said that also!! hehehe

Steve
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Old 01-21-2002, 07:19 PM
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Re: 338 Titan vs 338 Lapua Imp.

Is your chamber really tight? Do you have to neck turn to get the cartridge to fit into the chamber?

Would it be a bad idea to chamber a Sako TRG repeater action with the same reamer as yours? The rifle is going to be a semi portable tactical rig 30-32 inch fluted barrel. Do you think the rounds would feed from the magazine reliably?

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Old 01-21-2002, 11:27 PM
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Re: 338 Titan vs 338 Lapua Imp.

SR90,
Yes the necks have to be turned in order to chamber a round. It's a .365" chamber neck and I turn them for a loaded round measurement of .3625"/.3630" for a .001 clearence on a side.
The dies are full length dies with a floating bushing for the neck area. But they only size between .0005 and .001" over the whole case and they are setup to bump the shoulder. So if propely sized you shouldn't have any extraction problems.

I'm not familiar with the TRG action but if it has the extracing cam design of the other Sako's and the same beefy extractor claw then it should be fine. As for feeding through the magazine, I can't say. All my rifles are single shot and I have no experience to base any opinions on, to give you any data. The sides are not tapered as much as the std 338 case so I'm sure the feed rails would have to be modified though. The question is how much and will it work after modification? I don't know. sorry.

Steve
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Old 01-22-2002, 12:03 AM
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Re: 338 Titan vs 338 Lapua Imp.

Steve,

I could tell your stock is McMillan 50cal LBR? Did I win? [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Does it balance well with your heavy barrel?

-DG
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Old 01-23-2002, 12:41 AM
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Re: 338 Titan vs 338 Lapua Imp.

Thanks, Will you keep us posted on the new Velocities you are getting with the shorter (30inch) vs the 32 inch barrel?
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Old 01-24-2002, 04:25 PM
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Re: 338 Titan vs 338 Lapua Imp.

How much does it weigh without 5/8" thich 304 stainless steel plates? I just want to know how heavy is the McMillan HBR stock compared to LBR.
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