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Which .338 should I have built?

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Unread 09-27-2005, 06:34 PM
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Which .338 should I have built?

I am new to this board so please be patient with me if this topic has already been covered, I have read many posts concerning the various .338's available and have researched the different cartridges ballistics. I currently own a post '64.338 Winchester model 70 "XTR". with a 3.5x10x50 Weaver scope.
The hunting I do is almost always near canyons and steep ridges for Elk, Bear, and occasionally Moose, I have never felt comfortable taking any shots over 500 yds with my current rifle, and would like to build a custom rifle to reach out to 1,000 yards or more if neccesary.

After researching what .338 to build in depth, I have come up with three possible options: (Please let me know what would be the best route to take).

Option-1 My rifle, Model 70 .338 Win Mag accurized, and rebarreled with a Krieger #17 or #19 barrel and put into a A5 tactical Mcmillan stock.

Option-2 A Remington .338 in ultra mag with the same options as above.

Option-3 Buy a Sako M995 .338 Lapua; or build one from a Remington 700 action or scratch. If this is the best route to take which parts and action should I use?

Any information on this subject would be very helpful in my quest to build the perfect long range big bore. I would like the cost of this rifle to be between $1,500 and $2,500 dollars without the scope.

Thank you
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Unread 09-27-2005, 06:54 PM
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Re: Which .338 should I have built?

Let me be the first to welcome you to the board. You'll like it here.

I've been toying with the same thought regarding which 338 to build.

I'm shooting a 338 Win that I have been working the kinks out of for practice. It doesn't have enough poop. Neither, in my opinion do the ones that you mentioned.

I'm looking at pushing a 250gr bullet at at least 3150. Don't ask me why [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

The 338 Edge will do it. Kirby is working on a 338 on a Cheytack case. Goodgrouper is working on something that is very interesting. It should push the 250 @ 3150.

Do some searches on this board and you'll most likely find what you want. There are some top, and I mean top, gunsmiths here. They walk the walk and you'll be impressed. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Unread 09-27-2005, 07:43 PM
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Re: Which .338 should I have built?

My choice would be in this order:

338 Lapua on the 700
Rum on the 700
338 Win on the 70
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Unread 09-27-2005, 09:00 PM
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Re: Which .338 should I have built?

Chris, I have a question for you reguarding the use of a Rem 700 action for building a 338 Lapua. Some say that this action is to small to handle that caliber. Any truth to this and what are your thoughts on this .
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Unread 09-27-2005, 09:09 PM
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Re: Which .338 should I have built?

The .338/300 RUM with a 30" barrel a bit of free bore and a good brake on 700 action pillar bedded stock.Know of several that shoot well and have plenty of energy using heavy bullets.Welcome to the board everyone here may not agree on everything but there are a lot of good information coming from many different facets of shooting...
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Unread 09-27-2005, 09:29 PM
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Re: Which .338 should I have built?

All good information, thank you for the responses concerning my .338 build. So general consensus seems that building up my current model 70 .338 would be a waste of time and money for the accuracy I am hoping for, is this a correct assumption? If so I guess I will sell or trade it off.
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Unread 09-27-2005, 09:53 PM
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Re: Which .338 should I have built?


Not to step on Chris's toes on this question but as a fellow smith I am sure Chris would agree with me that in a properly accurized and square Rem 700 receiver, there is plenty of bolt locking lug baring surface and shear area to handle the 338 Lapua easily.

I have built several, I know Chris has as well as has Shawn C.

The one thing I do recommend is using a Chromo moly receiver. Not that the stainless will not handle this round as it surely will but I prefer the harder chrome moly steel just as added insurance against bolt lug set back.

My 7mm AM is based on the Lapua case and is performing exceptionally well in the Rem 700 receivers.

Add an H-S Precision DM system and you have a great repeating extreme range receiver system.

Good Shooting!!

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