Re: .408 Status???
I think that before to purchase a Porsche car I learn to drive on a more commun car .
So before to plan to built in the future a terrific rifle of your dream why not :
built a shotable rifle and learn to shoot with a rifle as follow
Rem 700 action long blue print with Sako extractor $600
recoil lug $30
300 RUM match chamber barrel with 32 inch lenght 1.350 diameter 1 inch at the muzzle
one barrel spare $400
a MacMillan Tooley or a MacHale stock
with bedding and trigger guard $500
a good trigger from Jewell's $200
a set a tapered base $100
a set of rings $150
a Leupold Premier 6.5x20 LR $900
and $700 in brass ,bullets , powder and reload dies and reloading stuff .
with $4000 you can start to shoot with a good and complete equipement and start to learn how to shoot with a real rifle and STOP to dream .
Get the very best rifle on the earth never make of you the best shooter of the earth ,and amazing caliber never help you to shoot better without to have learn the basic point of long range shooting .
for me 30.378 is one of the very bad caliber I have never shoot , overbore for 30 cal , costly , nor realy accurate , that perhaps was a intresting wilcat in the pass that make poor commercial cartridge .
338 Lapua is far better with better design for long range shooting , a simple SAKO in 338 LM is better for long range as a 30.378 WEA and specialy the factory Weatherby .