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Old 07-01-2012, 07:44 AM
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Re: Hope I Made a Good Decision?

I get what you guys are saying about stop and shoot the gun however. He has been thinking about this for a long time, and drove are around all day for a reason. I say go ahead with your 338, get a barrel from Pac nor and build what you want. There are a few guys here with 338 EDGE rifles built from Savage rifles. But I think they are single shots, I may be wrong.
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Old 07-01-2012, 12:29 PM
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I have a savage 338 edge built on a long action with accutrigger. It is my favorite rifle. I would continue with your plan. I do not like pencil barrels anymore. They are capable but the light weights are harder to shoot well. That being said, If I were you: Order your 338 barrel, buy a Rifle basics trigger. A savage barrel nut wrench and a action wrench. Ross Schuler makes an awesome and inexpensive brake that tames the 338 edge with 300 grain slugs down to nothing. Get a good stock Properly adjusted to fit you (I like the choate tactical @ about $200) Sharp shooter supply makes a single shot sled that will fit up inside the bottom of your stevens and give a beautifull and forgiving single shot load ramp. If you try to contact them the best way is to e-mail them and tell them your phone number and what you want and Amy will call you. (they are hard to get on the phone) Do NOT skimp on your scope rings (think overkill). Put a reliable scope on it (I use the old bushnell elite 4200T 6-24x50) with a one peice 20moa base. You will not regret going up to the 338 if you can afford to shoot it. My rifle is bargain basement compared to what most of these guys shoot but that set up in this caliber makes me and my targets look like a pro. I will warn you If you end up with a set up like mine, You Will be limited to 14-1500 yards in scope adjustment. if you have a more versatile scope, then vary soon: your only limits will be the reach of your range finder. Good luck.
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Old 07-01-2012, 03:15 PM
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Re: Hope I Made a Good Decision?

I say shoot it because I assume budget is a factor, thats why a Stevens, right? I dont regrete getting my .338RUM fresh outta the gates, but I also think I would be able to afford alot more rounds down range had I gone withsomthing a little les $$ to shoot. 7mm pills are still high performers.

I had a need for a .338 RUM becuase I hunt in grizzly country alot, and though a .284 or .30 cal will kill a grizz, I felt more comfortable with the .338 (grew up shooting a .338 win mag.).
Fact of the matter is that most people dont need a .338... but want them. Cant blame them though.
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Old 07-01-2012, 08:55 PM
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With all do respect and only for the purposes of comparison:
My 7mm loads cost about $1.48 first shot in virgin brass and $0.78 for each additional shot in that brass.
My 338 edge loads cost about $2.00 first shot in virgin brass and $1.10 for each additional shot in that brass. A real world difference of about 25% +/-
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Old 07-01-2012, 08:57 PM
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I apprecitate all the good feedback guys it's great food for thought. There is the possibility that a smaller caliber would suffice but I would most deffinitly change the stock, and bed the action. I'd have to replace the sporter barrel, I don't really like them either. The only rifle I have beside this one with a sporter is a Rem 700 .270 I bought as a boy. The rest have heavy contour barrels. I don't have a plethera of rifles but have .223, .243, .270, (2) 308s, 7.62 mosin. Used to have a 300 WM Encore, but didn't like the Encore system and traded it off for a bow.

So I'm still leaning towards something bigger with a muzzle break.
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:05 AM
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Re: Hope I Made a Good Decision?

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There are a few guys here with 338 EDGE rifles built from Savage rifles. But I think they are single shots, I may be wrong.
You are wrong, but I mean no offense by that as it's not a simple buy a couple parts and stick them in project. It takes some work but the 338/300 will feed from the mag in a Savage. I've done three of them and have parts for another. Hopefully I've got it figured out now and it doesn't take as much work(less trial and error!).
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Re: Hope I Made a Good Decision?

Savage makes a good strong rifle. I found a Stevens 200 with a nikon 6x18x40sf mil-dot at a pawn shop one fine day and thought this would make a great build or just shoot it as is till barrel goes south. The rifle was so light in weight with scope maybe 6 7lbs tops so even in 7mag could be a bit light for recoil control. My .02 cents worth the gov took other .98cts. I agree shoot it till its smooth inside, gonna have to do the same with my Win 70 .30-06 its only got 22" barrel need bi-pod for it but it will work for now. There are several savage 110 and 111 in .338 edge using DBM in the photo section. good luck
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