Best .338 long range precision barrel???

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by tacsniper0888, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. tacsniper0888

    tacsniper0888 Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys. My Remington 700 Sendero .338 win mag long range precision rifle build I'd coming along slowly but surely. I have decided I am going to rebarrel as now is the time instead of later. I called and spoke personally with Mr. Lilja of Lilja barrels Friday and with a customer service rep at shilen. What about kreiger or obermeyer? I was actually looking for a 5R or 3 groove type rifling instead of the conventional 6 groove in .338 caliber if possible with a finished barrel length of 27"-29" possibly even 30". Muzzle will be threaded for muzzle brake. Would like to keep the barrel fluted as came from the factory. Stainless vs. standard chrome moly not sure of yet. Guys any and all help will be GREATLY appreciated as this is something I don't mind paying top dollar for but only want to do it once! Thanks guys.
     
  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    My first choice would be LiLja for many reasons. Next would be any of the other premium barrels
    like Kriger,Hart Etc as long as they were the select grade.(Lilja only makes one barrel grade and
    it is as close to perfict as I have found.

    By the stainless barrel for more life and low maintenance and care.

    Dan can build you almost any barrel that you want but the 6 groove is a good groove count for
    the .338. or he wouldn't build them.

    His barrels and service are second to none.

    Just my opinion.

    J E CUSTOM
     

  3. 375fan

    375fan Well-Known Member

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    I have 3 rifles built with Lilja barrels (300wm, 338 rum, 300rum) all are very accurate. The 300rum is a 3 groove. I did research here on this site before going with the 3 groove and there were varying opinions, talked with Dan about it too, really impressed with it. Yes, I would recommend Lilja barrels.
     
  4. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    Another vote for Lilja! My latest is a 30" SS, 1:8, 3-groove, #6 contour for my .270 AI. Very pleased of the service and quality of Dan's work ... plus he's a super nice guy from Montana. :) :) :).

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  5. highridge1

    highridge1 Well-Known Member

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    If you are going to rebarrel, why not go with a 338 ultra for much better ballistics?
     
  6. tacsniper0888

    tacsniper0888 Well-Known Member

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    Because I bought a replacement one piece fluted bolt from Dave Kiff out at PT&G with a magnum bolt face for the win mag before I decided to rebarrel and I can't send it back. Plus all my brass and dies are win mag. If I can use the same bolt I would love to do that as that mimics the ballistics of the .338 Lapua the best! Any suggestions guys? And so far lilja has the vote. Keep the info coming guys. Thanks.
     
  7. clambdin

    clambdin Well-Known Member

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    You might want to throw Brux into the mix they produce a very good barrel !
     
  8. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

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    The Ultra Mag cases use the same bolt face as a 300 Win Mag.
     
  9. ultraedge

    ultraedge Well-Known Member

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    Broughton, Lilja,Obermeyer, and Benchmark. All shoot equally well. No fouling problems. All are 5r except Lilja which is 6 groove.
     
  10. Outlaw6.0

    Outlaw6.0 Well-Known Member

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    The 338 Ultra uses the same bolt head as the 338 Win as the RUM is a rebated rim cartridge. I can't say anything good or bad about Lilja as I've never used one. I have used & still have Shilen (2x), Krieger & Obermeyer (2x). If you intend to go with factory flutes, that should disqualify Shilen (obviously) as well as Obermeyer. Don't get me wrong, Boots invented 5R! He makes a damn fine barrel however, his fluting isn't what I would call top shelf :rolleyes:

    Hope that helps to muddy the waters a little :D


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  11. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

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    I got a fluted barrel from Krieger that was a couple shelves below the top too.
     
  12. tacsniper0888

    tacsniper0888 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys. I may give obermeyer a call. I'm very interested in the 5R or 3 groove type rifling versus conventional. I can see how they can be advantageous.
     
  13. Joe King

    Joe King Well-Known Member

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    Holy crap thats a long barrel!! Montana Made!!! lol
     
  14. IdahoCTD

    IdahoCTD Well-Known Member

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    I'd have a hard time not getting a Krieger in .338. I've seen a ton of accurate barrels from Krieger and every .338 was exceptionally accurate.