Re: 338 Norma Review By Ward W. Brien
The Rem 700 action is a poor choice for a .588 boltface cartridge for many reasons. Spend a bit more on a Stiller, Lawton, Badger etc and avoid the long project, big cost, and limited resale. Benchrest guys have been advising against Rem 700 and 40x actions for 30+ yrs. Want to buck the advice of the foremost precision shooters? Go ahead...
I learned the hard way that spending money and lots more valuable time waiting to turn a Rem 700 action into something halfway usable was just folly.
Nothing out there, (yet), that does as much in so many ways as the .338/300.
Not the ctg for you if you're figuring on 2750fps with a 300gr bullet. If you can live with 2600, then maybe...
The .338 Norma is a great evolutionary step. Would be interested in knowing if Ward has gauged virgin and 1x brass from his rifles and what those measure.
Nice article and pix. thanks!