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338 mag in a P-14

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Old 04-27-2009, 01:48 PM
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338 mag in a P-14

I have an old P-14 in 303 handed down from Dad. Was thinking of re-barrel. re-stock and re-chamber to 338 mag. Indications are that action is stong enough but friends tell me to stay with something modern like Model 70 or Rem 700. Advice?
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:27 PM
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Re: 338 mag in a P-14

Your .303 Patter 1914 should work just fine... I had {wish now I hadn’t sold it} a custom cal .30, model 1917 “eddystone” in .308 Norma Mag in 1964; that was a fantastic hunting rifle and cartridge combo... The 1917 has a rim diameter of 0.473” so you have to open them up for the magnum rim diameter of 0.532” Your bring a .303 Brit is; 0.540” rim diameter not enough to be a problem in the .338 Winchester mag. Just put a good barrel on it.’ the action is strong enough.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:19 PM
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Re: 338 mag in a P-14

I built my self a 338-378 Weatherby on a P-14 action about 5 years ago. I had to open the bolt face up and modify the extractor to use as a single shot but the action is absolutely strong enough. The Remington and Winchester actions will work also but the re-sale on one of them would probably be greater as they are more common to most.

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Old 04-29-2009, 02:26 PM
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Re: 338 mag in a P-14

Thank you gentlemen. The old gun will live to see a new life.
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