edge or 338 ultra ai?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by heavy hitting 300, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. heavy hitting 300

    heavy hitting 300 Well-Known Member

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    im just wondering why everybody does an edge in a 30" pipe and nobody does an ultra in a 30" pipe. the edge is just a necked up 300 ultra and why not go with a 338 ultra ai in a 30" pipe or shorter just saying im wondering why go edge and fight to get 300 ultra brass when its hard to find and you have to neck it up before you can reload. im open to all suggestions.
     
  2. thebbc

    thebbc Well-Known Member

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    because 300 ultra brass is easier to find than 338 ultra brass and necking up is no real delima
     

  3. B23

    B23 Well-Known Member

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    The 338 Edge has to be the easiest Wildcat to load for out there. If you can reload for the 338RUM you can just as easily reload for the 338 Edge.

    If you take into consideration most people full length resize their new brass before they load it the first time that step alone turns your 300RUM cases into 338 Edge cases. Of course this is only true as long as you are using the appropriate 338 Edge full length resizing die or and expander mandrel.

    I almost always see 300RUM brass and rarely see 338RUM brass.

    If you want to keep the option open to shoot factory ammo, get or have a 338RUM built. If you are going to reload and you don't care about shooting factory ammo, why not take advantage of the extra case capacity of the 338 Edge. With either, you can't go wrong!
     
  4. heavy hitting 300

    heavy hitting 300 Well-Known Member

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    well thanks for putting things into prespective.
     
  5. fatrack

    fatrack Well-Known Member

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    For what its worth with my 30"RUM shooting 300gr SMKs and H-1000 I run into pressure signs before I run out of case capacity.
     
  6. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    .338 RUM is very difficult to find at this point in time, .300 RUM by comparison pretty easy.
    I have a 26" barrel on my .338 RUM. I don't know that it's true that more folks set them up this way, or that a higher percent of "Edges" are 30" tubes. I suspect that this is so.
    I would guess from my experience, the shooters that are interested in the "Edge", are looking for every FPS advantage they can find. They want to stretch out how far their bullet remains supersonic, and get the most expansion possible at distance. A heavier barrel also enhances their ability to hit distant targets. At least in my group of friends this is the trend.
    My standard .338 RUM is set up as a more traditional general use style rifle, it maintains portability, but is chambered for cartridge that can stretch a bit.
    At the time I was thinking, factory rounds available, component availability would favor the standard chambering. If I was choosing now I would go with the "Edge". I have days when I consider having mine rechambered.