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Which 338?

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Unread 11-15-2008, 09:57 AM
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Which 338?

I have a 300 win mag in a Model 70 with HS stock I am considering having re-barreled in a 338 something?

I will use the gun for elk size critters (backup for deer). I am not looking for a 1,000 yard shooter, out to 500 or 600 yards are my limit. I would like to keep the 4.5x14x40 B&C Vxiii Leupold for glass. I reload but would like to stick with non-wildcat stuff even though I have had good luck with a AI in 25-06 so I don’t mind stepping across that line a bit. So my questions are…

What 338 offers the best over all performance (or should I consider a different caliber)?

Which bullet(s) should I consider using?
What twist should I get?
What barrel?
What other considerations should I factor before I start ordering parts?

Thanks for your input.
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Unread 11-15-2008, 12:30 PM
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Re: Which 338?

If 500-600 yds is the longest shot you'll take on an elk, most of the 338's would work fine. However, if I was you, and I'm not, I'd go with the 338 RUM. Not a wildcat, so don't have to deal with that, but plenty of power out to over 1000yds for elk. This would allow you to shoot longer as your skills, knowledge and equipment improve. JMHO. Good luck in your choice.

Many of us are waiting expectantly on the new .338 Berger bullet. Supposed to shoot in a 10 twist just fine and reportedly had a very high BC and Berger bullets are typically not expensive to boot.
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Unread 11-15-2008, 02:11 PM
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Re: Which 338?

+1 338RUM, I'd have a good brake installed too (I like the Defensive Edge 1" brake a lot!).

With a 26" barrel it easily do what you are wanting.

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Unread 11-15-2008, 07:09 PM
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Re: Which 338?

338 rum and I can highly recommend the new broughton barrel I just had installed on mine. I am shooting 225 accubonds at 3300 and very accurate.
Remington model 700 300 RUM LH 26" rem ss/blued receiver lam stock 215 Berger @3070/180 NAB @3300
Remington model 700 338 RUM LH 26" Bartlein 5C #4 Muscle Brake, blueprinted action, sako extractor, jewell trigger, bell and carlson Alaskan stock
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Unread 11-15-2008, 08:22 PM
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Re: Which 338?

Dittos on the 338 RUM.

I'm pretty passionate about mine. It started out as a donor rifle in 338 Win and shot Wildcat 252s exceptionally well. I replaced the Win barrel with a 338 RUM sporter take off barrel. I first ran a partial Tubbs Final Finish process through it .

It shoots 225 NABs at some unmentionable velocity and the 300 SMK @ 2730.

In a 9.5# rifle with scope, I put a tupperware stock on it. Also added a Holland QD brake. Its a pleasure to shoot prone and I can spot each of my shots at any distance as long as my initial setup is good.

I have a 4.5-14 Weaver Tactical on it and wouldn't have it any other way.

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