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Old 07-06-2012, 12:49 AM
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My next long range rifle?

Just recently got into long range shooting, around 1200 yds or so. I enjoyed it so much I'm looking for a rifle that will get me out to 1500 yds, but won't kill me when firing it with the cost of rounds. The 338 LM is out, too much for rounds. I'm looking at
either a 300 wm, or 300 rum. Thanks any for any help.

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Old 07-06-2012, 06:21 AM
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Re: My next long range rifle?

Well you did not state your intent for the round. But I think the 300 win mag or rum will do nicely. Good handloads and optics are going to play a very large part in getting you there as well.
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:38 AM
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Re: My next long range rifle?

smokin502,

Welcome to LRH and enjoy!

I agree with ICANHITHIMMAN ... in addition to what was noted, also the ability to measure the wind and distance (and other environmental factors) accurately.

Good luck and happy safe shooting!
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:36 AM
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Re: My next long range rifle?

A .338 EDGE does not cost much more per round to load, but your barrel life will increase considerably. Also hits on steel at long range are more impressive. The only difference in the cost of the rifle is the muzzle brake. I needed one on the EDGE barrel shooting 300 grainers but not on the .300 RUM . Gary Campbell
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:12 AM
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Re: My next long range rifle?

I was thinking about the 300 rum, but read on this site that I would need to re-barrel the rifle around 700-800 rounds. I would muzzle brake any rifle I get just to make it more enjoyable to shoot for longer amount of time. I was told the same thing about my 270 wthyb. The guy that mounted my scope told me I would shoot out the barrel and I that I made bad choice going with this gun. Made me feel pretty bad for buying it. Its held up just fine. Had it looked at and at the local gunsmith place and they said it was OK.
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:36 AM
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Re: My next long range rifle?

And also I don't reload. Don't have the tools or knowledge. So the 338 edge might be out. It is a custom rifle right?
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Old 07-06-2012, 10:08 AM
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Re: My next long range rifle?

The 338 Edge is a custom "wildcat" cartridge BUT, factory ammo is offered by Applied Ballistics. You get a choice of 300grn Berger or 250grn Berger:

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You have a point about the short bbl life of the 300RUM, fact of life: If you want to play, you will have to pay. The 338's will offer substantially longer bbl life; how many 338 cartridges can one purchase at the cost of a new 300RUM bbl?

I would expect a legit bbl life of 1k rnds from the RUM if you mind your manners, keep it clean & don't shoot it hot. One of our senior members (Broz) has well over 1k rnds through his 338 Lapua & it is still going strong.
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