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Whats the best rifle for building a 338LM on?

 
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Old 02-06-2004, 05:58 AM
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Whats the best rifle for building a 338LM on?

As the Subject says I'm looking at one of the big .338s pref. the Lapua because of its heritage, and am wondering which factory rifle to build it on? Could it be done on a sendero action? Has anyone done it? Also what's the barrel life like? (I'd wear out the 26" barrel before rebarreling to something longer).
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Old 02-07-2004, 11:45 PM
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Re: Whats the best rifle for building a 338LM on?

More specifically has anybody built one on a Remington 700? I've heard it being done but one gunsmith who claims .338LM as a speciality said:
"The rem700 is NOT 338 Lapua capable - nor is it a design able to compete in the modern accuracy environment"

Heres an interesting article: http://www.snipercountry.com/InRevie...rMansLapua.asp

And another one: http://www.gunsandammomag.com/gun_columns/33_0624/


-Thanks in advance
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Old 02-08-2004, 06:31 AM
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Re: Whats the best rifle for building a 338LM on?

This is a good way to start an argument between Darryl and myself [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] but....
Yes the Lapua can be built in a Remmy, Remington did some themselves and I have built dozens of them on Remmy action.
For tactical rigs, no problem.
For Ultra LR rigs, in improved cases etc, custom actions, long barrels etc.
That should keep the peace.... [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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Old 02-08-2004, 08:24 AM
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Re: Whats the best rifle for building a 338LM on?

As the original poster asked, what factory rifle could I chamber the 338 LM on?

"If" I wanted a 338 Lapua, I do believe "I" would buy the Sako 3 lug Md 995 factory rifle since it's already made for the cartridge and no extensive bolt modifications need to be done, as it would on the Remmington 700 or 721 actions.

Since this rifle already comes chambered in the 338 LM it would be an excellent choice.

I would at some point restock it and also rebarrel it to something longer though.

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Old 02-10-2004, 05:26 AM
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Re: Whats the best rifle for building a 338LM on?

Thanks all, thats good to know.

I didn't really word the question too well, What I'm wondering is whats the best calibre, I'd definitely like to do it on a remington (if possible). Whats the feeding like? If I can buy something like a .338 RUM and ream the chamber and open the bolt face that'd probably be the cheapest and best option. Otherwise, buy the c grade from their custom shop (any standard calibre)and order that in the lap. Its kind a waste though if I only want the action after all the barrel is too short and I prefer synthetic stocks.

-So yeah all help appreciated
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Old 02-10-2004, 05:36 AM
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Re: Whats the best rifle for building a 338LM on?

Remington did a 338LM? Do tell........
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Old 02-18-2004, 08:32 AM
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Re: Whats the best rifle for building a 338LM on?

The 700 IS capable of handling the .338 Lap. I am currently shooting a wildcat based on the .338 Lap (.338 Lapua necked to 7mm) and I have had GREAT luck so far. It was a considerable amount of work, but definitely worth it. The bolt face has to be opened WAY up and Sako has an extractor for the 338 that you can use in the 700. The only other problem I had was that, whereas, the case fits in the magazine, it is too big to fit up through the bottom of the receiver and be fed into the chamber. This, of course, can be remedied by opening the lower end up a little wider. All said and done, it's a good action to build a 338 on. Though, I think a Mark V would probably be a better choice if you are not willing to do the extra work!

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