Re: Help me buld a big .338......
I can't say anything about the big 338s other than one of these days I'll have one.
What I can comment on is barrel life. I have a 270 Allen Magnum in the stable and load it hot. 169 class bullet @ 3300, 195 class bullet @ 3100, 150 class @ 3500 and 140s @ 36xx. If that isn't much more of a barrel burner than any 338 cartridge I don't know what is.
If the 338 based on the improved 408 is used as intended (work up load, get zeroed, validate drop chart, then use for shooting big game animals, barrel life is not an issue especially if your over 50;)
If you take the sucker p-dogin' ....... that's another story.;)