Yea story there is. I had 338 used Lawton barrel with a real heavy profile (1.35 breach for 6" tapering to 1" muzzle 28" long) with the intentions of rebarreling a savage 110 to 338 Edge. I do all my own work, but my lathe is a smaller Logan 820 with only about .78 through the headstock, and about a 30" bed length. So not enough to put it through the headstock and not enough length to fit the whole barrel with the muzzle in the chuck and the breach on the steady and still have enough room for the reamer to be fed in, that is unless I cut the barrel down to 17.75. So it was either "borrow" another lathe, hire it done (I'm not one to wait), or chop the barrel down. Believe me, it gave me shivers, but the barrel was cheap and used, so off to the bandsaw it went. I can fit what most makers call a #4 profile most of the way through the headstock and support the breach on the steady rest for threading and chambering, it ain't ideal, but it's what I've got and I've had great luck with it so far. I'm going to rebarrel it using a better barrel, probably a Lilja #4 as they keep that barrel in stock (I did say I don't like the wait that seems to be status quo in this hobbie) I've just been kinda playing around with this barrel
Thanks for the info davewilson.