Do I need a 338 Edge? Sound good?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by KPK, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. KPK

    KPK Well-Known Member

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    What do you guys think? I'm currently working on a 7SAUM and it should be done soon. It's for a long range hunting rifle, but...

    I'm thinking I need a 338 now. You all know how this rifle business is...buy buy buy.

    I'm thinking this:

    Rem 700 LA
    Krieger #5 barrel @ 28"-30"
    McMillan HTG stock
    BDL bottom metal (for now)
    Timney
     
  2. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

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    or .338 RUM.

    No you dont need a .338, but if you can afford it you should.
     

  3. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    Need? The truth is out to 1,000 yds no one "needs" anything bigger than a 7STW, 7 RUM, 300 WM, 300 RUM, or 338 WM for anything that walks or crawls in North America.

    The question is ... . "Do ya want one!".

    If so go for it.
     
  4. B23

    B23 Well-Known Member

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    This is just a guess but I'm pretty sure it holds true for all of us that if actual true "need" was a requirement before building/buying a new gun each of us would probably only have about 2 or 3 guns. :)
     
  5. highridge1

    highridge1 Well-Known Member

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    Yes you need a 338 EDGE ! It is mega fun sending 300 gr bullets downrange !
     
  6. hatfield954

    hatfield954 Well-Known Member

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    Personally, I think everyone on this site(members and non-members) has a 338 of some sort.. well except me
     
  7. tnshooter111

    tnshooter111 Well-Known Member

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    You need it.
     
  8. Fiftydriver

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    The 338 Edge is a hell of a round. Easy to load for, brass is relatively affordable, decent quality, not overly strong but that keeps you out of trouble as far as overpressuring your hand loads.

    Its probably one of the easiest to load for wildcats out there and has great long range ballistic and terminal performance so you could hardly ask for more that way.

    In the Rem 700 platform, the 338 Edge is about the largest chambering I recommend to my customers.

    To that point, if you have to purchase a Rem 700 donor receiver and you plan on having it fully accurized before the build (which I would recommend for best results), Your money would be much better spend just getting a full custom receiver like the Borden Timberline Magnum receiver. By the time you pay for a Rem 700 donor receiver, especially stainless steel and then pay to get it trued up properly, it will cost as much if not more then the Borden and the Borden will be ready to build on right out of the box.

    It also is vastly superior to the factory receiver in many ways including resell value. It also works with all Rem 700 bottom metal and magazine boxes, Same Rem 700 triggers and any stock inletted for the Rem 700 can be easily modified for the Borden receiver. that is whereI would recommend you spend you money IF you need to purchase the receiver for this project.

    If you have the receiver already, I can see using the Rem 700.
     
  9. SpencerSS

    SpencerSS Well-Known Member

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    I'm currently without.

    Your component choices look pretty good, except maybe the HTG handle. If you've had one, got one, used one...etc, and you like it, great. If not, put your hands on a rifle with one before you buy. I've got a lot of McMillans, and I can honestly say the HTG is my least favorite.
     
  10. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    Nope I skip right from .300 to 45/70.. .gun)
     
  11. jeff 300

    jeff 300 Well-Known Member

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    every boby needs a edge and the best one is a 338edge
     
  12. KPK

    KPK Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the input!

    I've been wanting a 260 forever, but with the 7 SAUM I'm thinking why a 260? That's my hang up here...small or way bigger?

    I'm thinking now maybe another A3 or A1-3 would fit the bill really well with a #5 338 barrel? What do you think?

    Kirby I love the custom actions and the Bordine is amazing, but It looks like I've found a donor action for $425, and I think a local smith will lap the lugs, square the face, cut the threads, chamber, crown, etc for $350. Does that sound reasonable??

    What do you charge for "blueprinting" and chamber and crowning?

    Thanks for the input again!
     
  13. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to put my 7mm STW in one of the new McMillan A-3 sporters.

    [​IMG]

    Without a doubt one of the nicest blends of tactical/practical and hunting stocks anyone ever put together.'

    They are not shown on the website but they are making them and you can call and order them directly.
     
  14. Bravo 4

    Bravo 4 Well-Known Member

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    You need one about as much as anybody needs a corvette.

    So yeah, you need one!