Re: Which Caliber?
If you reload, go with a 338 Lapua Improved with no turn match chamber set up for the Lapua brass. With a 28" barrel, you will get between 2950fps to 3000fps with a 300grn bullet depending on how much you push it. That's the good thing about the 338 Lapua, the brass can take the extra pressure. I am going to build my next hunting rifle around the 338 Lapua Improved. However, the 338 Edge is an awesome round too. You can't go wrong with the Edge. You may also want to look at the 7mm Allen Mag, Developed by Kirby Allen, now that would be an awesome cartridge. The 7mm Allen Mag is based off of the 338 Lapua Mag necked down to 7mm and than Improved. I believe it will shoot a 180grn bullet at around 3500fps to 3600fps and a 200grn bullet at around 3300fps to 3400fps. I would highly recommend talking to Kirby Allen (Fifty). I think this would be the ultimate 1000 to 1500 yard hunting rig for big game. I would have one built, but I already have the barrel for my 338 Lapua Improved project, plus about 500 peices of 338 Lapua brass, 300 250grn SMK's, about 1000 300grn SMK's, Reamer and dies, so I am pretty dead set on the 338 Lapua Improved or I would have done the 7mm Allen Mag.