Re: Savage 110ba 338 lapua problems
I don't know why Joyce Hornady decided to build a 338 cartridge and not copy a proven one (like the Lapua) because it was Lapua that took the 416 Rigby and modified it for the 338 design. Always copy a proven cartridge exactly when making an equivalent.
There are other issues with the early runs of Hornady 338 brass, all well documented on this site (and others) including alloy composition. I realize the cost was enticing (compared to Lapua or Norma/Nosler brass) but the bottom line is you need a quality made shell to handle the pressures and cycle properly.
In Hornady's defense I swear by their 22 caliber pills for 223 flavor rounds and their V-Max and Zombie Max in 308 but the 338 is different animal.
Your salvation is scrap brass has never been higher. I keep all my culls in a bucket and take them to the scrap yard once a year. Good for a nice 50 dollar bill and then some.
Having said that. I believe that Hornady has redesigned the cartridge and possibly the issues have been resolved but I say why bother when there are much more proven and viable ones out there.
I have reloaded a couple dozen PPU's that I got from Wideners for a reasonable price (compared to Lapua brass) and haven't had any issues yet, but they are only on their second reload.
It's not a rifle that I'd take to the range and blow off a hundred rounds in the first place. One, even reloading them is expensive considering you'll reload 250 to 300 grain pills and enough propellant in each to fill 4 lesser cartridges plus the barrel life is very finite. Expect to rebarrel (because of throat erosion) after a couple thousand rounds maximum and much less if you are a velocity freak and load at the maximum.
I sighted in my 338 at 300 yards, developed my load, loaded 100 rounds and put it in the gun cabinet for when I need it for a hunt. Thats where it resides.
Nice to have one. Also nice to have alternatives.
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