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Building a 30-378

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Old 01-31-2012, 08:47 AM
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Building a 30-378

Hey Guys, im new to this forum and am seeking some advice. I am a big fan of the 30-378 as a long range hunting rifle, as so,.....im gonna build 1, but bare in mind this is my first build. Im leaning toward building it around the Surgeon XL action with a 28" to 30" Krieger fluted bbl @ a 1/10 twist, what would be the better contour? So far, the McMillan A5 stock is my choice with a Jewell trigger. What kind of advice can yall offer and what kind of muzzle break (obviously 1 that can be removed for hunting) would be best? Also, Ive really got my heart set on a clip fed rifle, what are my options? Any and all advice will be very much appreciated, thanx guys!
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:06 AM
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Re: Building a 30-378

Your plan sounds great but I would seriously consider the 338-378 if you are going to go this far with it. I have owned both and settled on the 338-378 it just simply out performs the 30-378 and your barrel life is much better. I like all the components you listed just make sure if you go with a mag system that you would be able too seat the bullets out where you want them with mag length restrictions.
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:02 AM
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Re: Building a 30-378

Surgeon makes some awesome stuff no doubt but keep in mind the XL is a huge action and I think it weighs nearly 4lbs. You don't necessarily need an action that big for a 30-378 or 338/378 unless you just really want a Surgeon XL. Certainly nothing wrong with them it's just that they are really BIG.
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:09 AM
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Re: Building a 30-378

Thanx guys so much for your input! I did some more research and found that your right about the 33-378 being the better of the 2. Also, I talked to Justin at Surgeon Actions yesterday (inwhich he was very helpful even though he called the wby a "basterd cartridge"lol) and I have deciced to go with the XL action. He told me that I can also get another bolt that will work for a 7MM STW for around $350 which means I can have two excellent long range hunting rifles for around $4000 - the optics! Im pretty excited! Can you tell me about how much it costs to hve a barrel chambered by a gunsmith since Krieger doesnt chamber thier barrels for "basterd cartridges"?

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Old 02-02-2012, 05:31 PM
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Re: Building a 30-378

If you are getting this for long range hunting get the 338-378 wby for barrel life and by far the best long ranger of the two. I agree the 338-378 wby is a bastard cartridge. That bastard shoots like a SOB.
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