So what the latest on the VLD bullets for 375 and twist rates needed to stabilize them. As far as I know there are none available as of right now. I am thinking about ordering a barrel and need to consider twist rates. It will be on the 408 case.
Been there done that as they say...
You may want to re-think the .375 on the .408 case because of the poor bullet availability. The 350 SMK is about the best, and it's still not available to the public.
Drop down to the .338 in the 10 twist. 300 SMK is already out and there are two more coming from Berger and Hornady.
That's what I was afraid of... While I like the idea of a 338/408 of some sorts I was hoping for a little more barrel life and well something different. I have a 338/300 and a 338/378 and was hoping to fill the gap between those and my 50. It's seems there are 3 maybe 4 guys working on the AL tipped bullets and none are really in production yet. I guess I will get a .338 barrel and see if I can get it shot out while the .375's are coming up to speed. I have plenty of work getting a barrel block and stock built to keep me busy for the next couple months.
I saw that thread earlier and it's certainly impressive. I actually got some prices from Bruce Baer about 8 months ago. I am stuck between the Snipe-tac, Allen, Baer or going through the hassle of getting my own reamer made. I doubt I will ever shoot one enough to justify the reamer and sizing reamer. I have a lawton action and will probably just send it to one of those guys and get it done. Do you guys have any idea of accurate barrel life?
You can't go wrong with either of those guys you mentioned.
Save your money on the reamer, they all pretty much have similar "improved versions".
As for barrel life.. That all depends on what you are willing to accept.. Have close to 1000 rounds through one of the .338-408 guns, barrel still looks fine, and still "acceptable" accuracy. I would surmise that it will hang in there for a few hundred more. I scope it often. I'm not pushing it... 3200 fps with the 300 SMK.