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Old 11-24-2006, 10:30 AM
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Re: 338 edge minimum barrel length ?

The 338 bore is a very efficent bore diameter even with +90 grains of powder. It will surpise many to see how much performance they can get in a 25-26" barrel with the capacity in a 338 bore.

Yes you will gain more velocity with the longer barrels but not a dramatic amount.

I would let the type of rifle you are building determine how long of a barrel you will be using.

For a very portable packing rifle I would go with 26-27" of barrel length. For an all around rifle for packing and hunting from fixed positions I would go with 28". For a rifle mainly used for long range hunting, I would go with 30" of barrel.

This is just my opinion with all 338 magnums in this capacity class including the 338 RUM, 338 Lapua, 338 Edge and such.

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Old 11-24-2006, 10:44 AM
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Re: 338 edge minimum barrel length ?

yeah kirby,
this is going to be a strictly lr hunting rifle, not carried too far.
i lugged a 338 win mag this year, while still hunting tracks in the snow. got off 2 shots in the thick stuff, but deflections off brush, had me killing aspen trees..
i have other rifles for normal carrying when trapsing around the mountains, but no lr heavy dedicated artillery piece.
this will be it.
we are also building a 300 rum for a secondary rifle.
another laminated stock but built with portabilty in mind.
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Old 11-24-2006, 04:31 PM
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Re: 338 edge minimum barrel length ?

30" would be my recommendation for a long range rifle. I like the feel and stability of a properly weighted 30" barreled rifle for long range hunting and it offered you all the performance you could ever want in this class of chambering.

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