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Which reloading dies for the .338 Edge?

 
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Old 11-25-2009, 11:20 AM
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Re: Which reloading dies for the .338 Edge?

Thanks Mark - i think?!?

I wondered how to get brass for the Edge, knowing fire-forming had to be a part of it somewhere. The .375 Ultra looks *wicked* in every way and using that brass is a nice "short-cut".

Honestly, i'm conflicted about which caliber platform to go with for elk - especially given the long-range tendencies. I've generally settled the cartridge dilemma between which .308 cartridge to use for medium-long range being the 300 RUM.

However, i have this nagging in the back of mind, "Is .308 enough or will .338 be better?". I'm trying to balance this with a 1-rifle battery for deer and elk..... Would .338 Edge be wayyyyy over-kill for whitetails.....(OK, probably not!!!) Would that cartridge be too much for shorter ranges? Probably a much better question.

At this point the discussion is all research b/c i'm not living in the States right now and not sure when i will.

Thanks again!!!!

frank
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Old 11-25-2009, 12:03 PM
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Re: Which reloading dies for the .338 Edge?

With the quality of 30 cal bullets availbale, I feel the 300 RUM is a good 1K rifle for elk and a fair rifle out to 1100--1200 yds depnding on bullet/load/ conditions etc. With a GS HV 177 it would be a good 1300 yd + elk killer.

IMO, there is no such thing as overkill. And at closer ranges the lower velocity of the 338 would probably be less destructive than the higher velociteis of the 300 depending on bullet and placement, etc.

The 338 EDGE (or RUM, or Lapua) of course will deliver a bigger payoad and make a bigger hole and reach just a little farther. All else being equal the 338 would be a more effective killer, but... the 300 will get the job done with good placement.

The 300 RUM is a cartridge that I can shoot without a brake by using a slip on recoil pad which can be removed for hunting if desired. I hate brakes. So, that is what prevents me from going with the 338. I might be able to shoot it with the pad, but I'm very happy with the 300

Speaking of elk.... it's time to go look for a couple of cows
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