Originally Posted by Tikkamike
This is my way of thinking. My dad has an accumark 338-378 I have a custom 338 lapua. Love them both. to me they are both reasonable to carry, my lapua is 11.5 lbs scoped, if I were going to do a light weight 338 I wouldnt have a 30"bbl id have a 26 maybe 24 in a remington based 338 RUM. Here is why. There are so many options for the remington you can make it as light as you want and look almost any way you want. the after market support for the remington is so vast its hard to go wrong.
Thanks for that bit of advice.
Earlier on I looked at the 338RUM option also as there is nothing wrong with that cartridge either, however since I was looking at more speed with less pressure this is why I went for 30" barrel to make the most of the 338/378 or 338Lapua capacity since the 26" barrel is too short for the slower Retumbo powder which I intend to load with.
I had already ordered my 30" Benchmark ABS Carbon Fibre wrapped in 338 calibre as I originally was just going to rebarrel my Weatherby Accumark.
My current 338/378 Weatherby Accumark weighs 11lbs 4ozs with a March 3-24x42 scope in Seekins rings
and rail but I want to go lighter.
After having two rifles custom built rifles on Lawton actions with Jewell triggers in Manners stocks I entered a new world where I experienced a distinct difference in consistent accuracy and so I then decided to go for a custom action with more tenon than the MK5 action could provide and since Lawton were experiencing problems and could not provide me with another action for some time with this build I decided to go for a Remington clone and decided on the Defiance action for my next build which will allow me to tap into the huge aftermarket accessories for the 700 Remington.
I also opted for a lighter weight stock from Manners carbon fibre stock which should by all estimates bring the rifle's weight in at under 10lbs.