Originally Posted by BareBack Jack
Some hunting but mostly recreational,I would like the gun to weight in the 12-18 lb range so it could still be carried.
The reason I ask is that this bullet...
GS CUSTOM BULLETS - Specifications for use
...shot out of a 338 RUM/Lapua/EDGE will out run a 300 SMK shot out of a 338 AM or Excaliber.
It is a 267 gr non-expanding sollid with a very high BC and will get velociteis 100-200 fps more than other bullets of same weight. I would hesitate to use it as a hunting bullet unless I was confident of a spine or high shoulder hit.
It should get about the same or more velocity than the 300 SMK out of the AM with the same length barrel with one of the mentioned calibers and along with the higher BC, it will run away from the SMK. Out of a Lapua Imp, it would really cook. For recreational shooting,it is the perfect 338 bullet. For hunting it is questioanble. The bullets cost more than the SMK's, but the overall cost per round vs the super charged 338's is much less... maybe less than half. Another benefit is a lot longer barrel life which means a lot more trigger time.
Just somehing to think about...