fatrack, A gunshop owner was showing that to me not long ago. The new sierra manual listed three loads at 2750 fps with the 300 smk in the 338 RUM. They used a model 700 remington 26" barrel for testing. I did not write them down because I have my own data and I hardly use heavy bullets any more in my 338 RUM. Wal mart sells sierra reloading manuals and you can just stop by and look it up. Mine is a standard rem 700 with 26" barrel and I get best accuracy at 2730 fps with the 300 smk.
Predictions are difficult, especially when they involve the future
Awesome... New here and apparently under caliber as I only own a Sendero in 300 WM... No big deal and I appreciate the forum info!
Originally Posted by Derek M.
Do you want to keep things simple or entertain a little more work? And, what exactly are you planning on using it for?
One simple gun only, that is overkill on a lot of stuff: I'd go 338 Lapua. You get the best brass and a bigass bullet and there is no other caliber that can champion it to any real noticeable margin, IMO.
You want some pizazz? 338 Edge, one of Kirby's calibers, 338 Lapua improved...
You want anything in between: I'd go 300 RUM with a 210 Berger VLD first. I cannot think of much of anything this won't handle.
There are way too many choices.
If we were next to each other shooting at 2 elk at 950 yards, I'd be just as comfy with my 7mag and a 180 VLD or my 300 RUM and a 210 VLD even if you had any 338 configuration. And, I don't think you, the elk, nor I would be able to say something is more lifeless than the other.
Picking one gun is just like picking one woman. She's out there somewhere, just start grabbing some tush and see which one cranks your tractor, because she's got to handle every situation you want to put her in.
I don,t know how much long range shooting you do but a very good all around long range gun is the 7mm mag. I have been using one for many years at 1000 yards and it has never let me down. It has also done well on deer, elk, hogs, and Moose with no problems at long range. The next choice would be the 6.5-284 with sufficent freebore in a 26 in barrel. It is a wildcat but an easy one to work with and reload. It is the current favorite on the long range benchrest competitions. Both of these are good long range bench rifles and longe range hunting rifles with very managable recoil. Hope this helps.