Re: .416/.338 Cartridge?
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>I don't know what cartridges Ken is referring to, but the 338/416 that I am familular with is 2.900 inches in length <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Amen. I just measured my .338/.416 and the brass (trimmed) is 2.892" overall. From what I've read of the .338 Lapua, you can get better performance with the .338/.416. I built mine for the 300 grain Matchking and I can get it moving at about 2900 f/s with a less than max load. Accuracy is good and I get about 15 reloads per case (100 cases last for one barrel!). I have pushed it as high as 3100 f/s but accuracy was lousy and brass life was essentially zero.
When you start adding up costs don't forget barrel wear. I get about 40 cents in barrel wear every time I pull the trigger.