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Old 05-26-2012, 12:58 PM
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338 Build 2nd Opinions

Here is my reason for being on this forum. I've been around firearms all my 59 yrs and have the hearing loss to prove it. I grew up hunting on the family ranch where little skill was needed, served 8 years in the Marines and feel I'm an experienced spray and pray short range shooter.

However, I am determined to change that and learn what it takes to be accurate beyond the 600 yard range which I feel confident shooting now with my 264 mag. To that end I'm reading as much on here from the experienced long range shooters I can find.

Recently I purchased a NIB R700 MLR in 338 LM. The day after it arrived I forwarded it to Jered Joplin at American Precision Arms. The wait time is about over and Jered should start work on the rifle in June and get it back to me in July. Before that happens I'm wondering what I'm forgetting or if anything needs to be changed.

Here is what is slated to be done:

Rebarrel with a Broughton barrel in 1-9.3 twist & 28 inches
install a Fat Bastard muzzle break
true the action, lug, and bolt face
bed the action in the HS Precision stock that the rifle came with

I have a NF 5.5 - 22 with low Seekins Precision rings to mount on the rifle. I do not have a rail yet. Anyone with an extra please let me know.

Gentlemen, Thanks for reading, please commence critiquing at will!

Jack
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Old 05-26-2012, 02:14 PM
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Re: 338 Build 2nd Opinions

Oops posted in the wrong forum. Meant to post in the Rifles, Bullets, Barrels, a Ballistics forum.

Need to improve my accuracy on here too
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Old 05-26-2012, 06:12 PM
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Re: 338 Build 2nd Opinions

Don't take this wrong, but if I bought a brand new rifle that is fairly expensive I would shoot it first before having it completely overhauled. It may have been a tack driver in the first place. On another note I really like the work you chose to do,. 28 inches is a excellent barrel length for the Lapua and truing lapping, bedding are all great ideas.
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:39 PM
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Re: 338 Build 2nd Opinions

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Don't take this wrong, but if I bought a brand new rifle that is fairly expensive I would shoot it first before having it completely overhauled. It may have been a tack driver in the first place. On another note I really like the work you chose to do,. 28 inches is a excellent barrel length for the Lapua and truing lapping, bedding are all great ideas.
Yes I think there was some faulty judgement there on my part - I thought an unfired take off barrel would be worth more. However the length of 24 inches does seem to limit its worth.

My son put a 34 inch barrel on his 30-378 and it made such a big difference I guess it influenced my thinking?

Jack
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Old 05-26-2012, 11:14 PM
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Re: 338 Build 2nd Opinions

Only 24 inch barrel, now I understand your choice better. 28 will serve you great.
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:26 PM
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Re: 338 Build 2nd Opinions

Jewell trigger, Karstens/Defensive Edge cheekpiece would be the things I'd add to the rifle.

If you have a non-standard length of pull, you may ask him to put a spacer or three in there between the stock and the recoil pad.

The trigger/cheekpeice/LOP will all make it easier for you to do your part in seeing the rifle shoot to it's full potential.

Richard Near makes very good bases.

Scope level, bipod w/podloc, rear bag, and shooting mat are all good things to have for your rig when it get's back.

I prefer Redding Competition seater and Type-S bushing dies to make it easy to make straight ammo at the bench.

The 700P is a great platform for your build. If you need a longer than 3.715 COAL that the factory mag allows, Accurate Mag can sell you a 3.815 COAL mag. You may want to speak with your smith to see if your reamer/rifle is setup to be a repeater (and with which bullets/COAL) to see if that's worth the effort.

Good luck, and be sure to post up a "blue print" thread in the Gun Photos section after you get it back!
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Old 06-10-2012, 01:35 PM
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Jewell trigger, Karstens/Defensive Edge cheekpiece would be the things I'd add to the rifle.

If you have a non-standard length of pull, you may ask him to put a spacer or three in there between the stock and the recoil pad.

The trigger/cheekpeice/LOP will all make it easier for you to do your part in seeing the rifle shoot to it's full potential.

Richard Near makes very good bases.

Scope level, bipod w/podloc, rear bag, and shooting mat are all good things to have for your rig when it get's back.

I prefer Redding Competition seater and Type-S bushing dies to make it easy to make straight ammo at the bench.

The 700P is a great platform for your build. If you need a longer than 3.715 COAL that the factory mag allows, Accurate Mag can sell you a 3.815 COAL mag. You may want to speak with your smith to see if your reamer/rifle is setup to be a repeater (and with which bullets/COAL) to see if that's worth the effort.

Good luck, and be sure to post up a "blue print" thread in the Gun Photos section after you get it back!
All good recommendations, Thanks! I will post some pictures and range report once I get to that point.

This week I hope to talk with Jered Joplin at APA, the gunsmith doing the build, about the chamber. I really don't have much knowledge about options in chamber length. So far I've indicated that I hope to shoot 300 gr vld bullets.

I did send the magazine with the rifle hoping he could match max OAL possible using the factory magazine to the chamber but I don't know if that is possible.

Jack
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