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Old 03-23-2012, 12:39 AM
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Advice on first LRH rifle please.

Obviously new to the forum and looking to build my first long range big gun. I live and avidly hunt out west. I recently built a .257 WBY for 400lb. game and smaller. I had been using a stock Remington 700 LSS .300 WSM on larger game. Although it shot well I wasn't really happy with the rifle. I considered making it into a 6.5 WSM for a short time but since the .257 WBY was already in the works I decided to sell it to a buddy that's a little less picky than I. So here it goes... In my own research I'm leaning toward something in the .338 caliber range due to there higher BC and heavier weights. (however I'm open to other suggestions.) I think I like the idea of starting with a Sendero platform. My first thoughts were building a .338 Edge from a .300 RUM. Than I started reading on the .338 RUM. From what I can tell its just makes more sense to buy a .338 RUM if that's the ballistic performance your looking for. However they don't make a sendero chambered in .338 RUM. Like I said I am new to the long range thing and defiantly open to other suggestions on rifles and the best way to go about building a good platform. This seems to be the place with allot of good folks to point me in the right direction.

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Old 03-23-2012, 06:48 AM
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Re: Advice on first LRH rifle please.

I think that is a wise decision. When the 338 Edge was developed they didn't have the 338 RUM developed yet as a factory option. Now that they have it, there is really no reason to go to the Edge. You will gain negligible gains with the Edge. The RUM runs right there with it. So here's my thought, instead of buying a whole rifle, you should look at both the classifieds here on this sight, snipers hide, and accurateshooter.com for just an action. You may want to look for a stock too, as people often sell the sendero stocks and various other stocks that will work with a Remington actions. You could probably build a rifle with used parts for a little less than a factory new rifle. The only thing I would purchase new is the barrel. You may get lucky and find a good deal on a custom rifle action capable of handling a magnum cartridge.

Don't know if you have any interest, but so far the reviews have been very positive, Savage offers some .338 Lapua models. The two I would be most interested in are the 110BA, and the 110 FCP-HS. They do make a 111 Long Range Hunter model, but I'm not a fan of the stock. I would go the extra couple dollars and get the H-S Precision stock. Just thought I would through that in the mix. Hope this helps.

Another option is to chose a low dollar model Remington in the caliber you want, sell the parts off that rifle and build the rifle you desire.

I definitely would stick with the RUM or upgrade to a Lapua.

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Old 03-23-2012, 11:15 AM
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Re: Advice on first LRH rifle please.

Check first 5 pgs. of classifieds here ,there are some Rums w/low rnd count,and edges also. There is a nice 338 Edge, Jense precision, That rifle would cost as much as that whole package now almost
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:23 PM
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Re: Advice on first LRH rifle please.

Thank you gentleman,

I will break down what you posted, research my options and will probably have many more questions in the near future.

Speedy.
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Old 03-24-2012, 08:39 PM
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Re: Advice on first LRH rifle please.

SPEED- the sendero was made in 338. just not now . hard to find used in 338 and HIGH price. my brother has a rum and son in law has a 338 lapua. i can't imagine what they need all that powder / power for. my 300 wm and 7mm rem are TOO much for most of the stuff i get drawn for here. he!! the deer only weigh about 80 pounds.
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:51 PM
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SPEED- the sendero was made in 338. just not now . hard to find used in 338 and HIGH price. my brother has a rum and son in law has a 338 lapua. i can't imagine what they need all that powder / power for. my 300 wm and 7mm rem are TOO much for most of the stuff i get drawn for here. he!! the deer only weigh about 80 pounds.
Roninflag,
Funny you should mention that. I discovered this yesterday digging up some reaserch. Thank you for the post. Also I do have an insane passion for hunting the little couse deer your describing. However this rifle wount be for them. I have infact too many others rifles more suited for smaller light skinned game. Starting next year I will begin to put in for multiple out of state tags for both Elk and Moose.

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Old 04-02-2012, 06:15 PM
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Re: Advice on first LRH rifle please.

So If I were to go the route of purchasing an action and starting from scratch where do you guys recomend purchasing just the action from?

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