Re: 338 Norma Review By Ward W. Brien
This question falls into the category as can a 338 Lapua be built on a Remington action, as the 338 Norma and 338 Lapua share the same parent case and rim diameter. The 338 Norma is a shorter case (2.50")with minimal body taper and 94gr of usable case capacity. You will get different answers on this question, but my answer is yes, the 338 Norma Mag can be built and is being built on a standard Remington action. There have been tens of thousands of rounds fired in this caliber on a standard Remington action. Design pressure is around 63817psi. You would however need to open up the boltface alittle, but the 338 Norma works perfectly in the standard 3.60 magbox. COAL of the 338 Norma with the 300gr SMK is 3.50" , As with all rifles you need to watch your pressures when developing your reloads. From what I am hearing the 338 Norma is yielding 2750-2800fps with the 300gr SMK out of a 26" barrel. My 300 JAZZ, which is an improved 30cal version of the 338 Norma, is built on a custom Remington clone action( Phoenix) .700 bolt, so I practice what I preach.