338 Norma Mag / Med. Weight Hunter

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  1. Mike 338

    Mike 338 Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone built a standard weight (<10 lbs.) 338 Norma Magnum and if so, what are your thoughts now that you have it? I'm curious about twist, barrel contour, ease of reloading, brass durability, felt recoil and do you like it enough to keep it forever?
     
  2. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    Search up sp6x6, he has a stellar 338 Norma Mag that is a light weight bringer of death but if you put a standard barrel instead of carbon wrapped on it would likely make a wonderful mid weight hunter.
     

  3. Swamplord

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    I'm building one on a Sako TRGS M995, all the metal work is done... with a 30" +brake, 9.5 twist Brux Rem Varmint countour fluted bbl, havent fired it yet, waiting on a KRG Whiskey 3 stock, should be around 12+ lbs

    ** just went and weighed the barreled action, came in at 7 lbs on the nose with a Hollands Rem style Comp. recoil lug installed**

    KRG website Welcome to KRG, lists the fixed stock at 4lbs 10 oz without magazine ( 5 or 10 rnd mag will add weight)
     

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  4. Rimfire

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    Mine is heavier but I would not hesitate to build a 10 lb rifle. After owning two I am going to hang on to this one. Both have proven easy to load for and the Norma brass is good.

    Standard is 9.25- 9.50 twist at 26" mine is a 9.3 Broughton.

    Both rifle were / are as accurate as you can ask for. The first one shot many .25 MOA groups at 2710 FPS. The new one shoots in the mid 3's at 2800 FPS with the first load (ramshot magnum) never looked any further.
     
  5. Mike 338

    Mike 338 Well-Known Member

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    I hear stories of Lapua's getting 3 reloads and the brass is done. How many are you getting on the Norma's?
     
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    My 1st one had 6 loadings on the brass with no problems. My current one has 2 loadings and the brass looks like new.

    It is a nice cartridge dont try to push it too hard, some powders that you think will work just dont. They might shoot bug holes like most things you will put through it BUT only a few powders will give top FPS.

    Lapua brass is strong and killing it in 3 loadings means only 1 thing period.....and that is running it HOT at high pressure.
     
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    trueblue Well-Known Member

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    The 338 Norma brass is every bit as good as Lapua brass.
    When I was running my 300 JAZZ I had 14-15 reloads on the brass, and these weren't mild loads.
     
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    Mike 338 Well-Known Member

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  12. Swamplord

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    Mike 338,

    I know exactly what you are saying !, I was set up to shoot moose at 800 yards but shot one at 30 yards instead, the shot was taken due to it being the last evening on the last day of the hunting trip then it was back to work.....

    the muzzle brakes are loud, some are worse than others, just wear ear protection at the bench and don't worry too much about it in the field, one shot won't permanently damage your hearing, I don't ever remember hearing the bang when shooting at game
     
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  14. Mike 338

    Mike 338 Well-Known Member

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