My 338 Edge

Discussion in 'Gun Photos' started by ctrout, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. ctrout

    ctrout Member

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    Build details: Someone posted a link on another site that I spend a lot of time at back in Apr 08 That he was looking at a 300 RUM on the huntingpa boards. He ended up not buying it and I snagged it for $275 shipped. I pulled the barrel and sold it. My wife got me the Bushnell 4200 6-24 x 50 a few weeks later for Father's day. I bought another rifle project that was basically a pile of parts, and some parts not there. The seller threw in in an extra tactical bolt handle though and it was perfect for this project. I grabbed a Ken Farrell 20 MOA steel base from a member on the same forum and bought Seekins Precision 30mm rings new. I had to have the slots in the Farrell base milled a hair wider to use the Seekins rings but definitely worth it. Work on the base was performed by Kevin Cram and I just wanted to pass along that he does excellent work and is great to deal with. I ordered a Shilen stainless select match 30" tube. And finally the stock was ordered in May of this year. I guess I have about $1600 + or - into it right now. I'll report back when I actually finish the bedding, lug, short bipod, and most importantly, load development. I am REALLY liking this gun so far and I'm thrilled that I can shoot it from the bench without a brake.

    I've been getting PMs about this gun and making excuses for why I couldn't shoot it yet. I finally went out and shot the beast today. I borrowed some dies, assembled the rifle using a factory recoil lug that I will be replacing with a higher quality one later, and cheated and spent out of my gasoline budget to buy the action bolts from the hardware store. I started with a 338 RUM load of 98 grains of H1000 and a 250gr SMK just to see what the recoil would be like. In my rifle that weighs about 16 pounds, recoil was pretty stout but not unmanageable. It hit about as hard as my 8 pound 338-06 with heavy 225gr loads. I do NOT have a brake on this gun and it has only a thin rubber pad on it at the moment. I could probably put 5-10 rounds over the bench before I start to flinch. I was rather pleased with the recoil level. I didn't shoot it over a chronograph or even set up a target. I was only looking for felt recoil impressions.

    Things that I will need to do before I am ready to call this rifle project finished are...
    Devcon bed the stock
    Replace the recoil lug
    Install a better recoil pad
    Add several more coats of Tru Oil to the stock
    Get the short version of the Harris bipod

    Once it is all assembled, I will have to get an accurate weight on it so I can decide where to trim it down if it goes over 16 pounds. I really don't intend to carry it or hunt with it. My 270 is all the rifle I need for deer and my 338-06 does fine for the elk here in Idaho. I just want to keep it legal in case I get the urge to try it out on elk or maybe 1000yd coyotes or something.
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  2. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    Nice rig. 338 on coyotes....you might need something with a bit more punch :)

    Be sure to post your shooting results.
     

  3. HUAINAMACHERO

    HUAINAMACHERO Well-Known Member

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    Nice rig!!!
    Keep us posted on how it shoots.
    Good luck with the 1000 yard shooting.
     
  4. royinidaho

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    Nice rig, You're doing good work.

    Where you at in Idaho?

    Also I don't think you need to worry about the 16 lb limit for yotes. Only big game. I'm sure in big do do if I'm wrong on this one.

    I'm kind of irked that Woofs are classified as big game.:rolleyes:
     
  5. ctrout

    ctrout Member

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    I'm in Southern Idaho, Mountain Home. I weighed the rifle today on my Normark digital fish scale and it came out at 15lb 3oz.
     
  6. royinidaho

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    That's a good weight. You'll enjoy it.

    Mtn Home, eh..... That's good. I'm over in Blackfoot.

    Idaho is getting a good bunch of LRH folks. Quite a few are spread from Ashton to Mtn Home.

    One of these days we'll have to get together and bust some rocks, while Woof huntin':)
     
  7. Exhaust3

    Exhaust3 Well-Known Member

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    Are your Seekings rings Med's or low's? I have a pair of low's but I'm thinking I need the Med's. Thanks!
     
  8. ctrout

    ctrout Member

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    I think that they are mediums. I don't remember though. Any way I can tell without removing them?
     
  9. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

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    Just from eye balling I'd say they are lows and maybe mediums. The scope just clears the base at the front end which is why I lean towards lows.

    Scope height seems to be coming from the base, thus the usefulness or need of the adjustable cheek piece.
     
  10. Magnumpeanut

    Magnumpeanut Well-Known Member

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    How is the recoil without a break?
     
  11. ctrout

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    It kind of feels like someone that is very angry with you is shoving you. It's a slow HARD push. Kind of comfortable actually. I have a 8 pound 338-06 and a Browning A-bolt .270 Win that are not quite as comfortable to shoot. The 338-06 has a sharper recoil that doesn't push as hard and the Browning feels like somebody whacked you in the shoulder with a hammer. I can put about 30 rounds through the A-Bolt from the bench and probably 20 through the 338-06. I haven't shot the Edge much yet but I would guess that 10-15 rounds might be doable. I will probably get a PAST recoil shield to wear though.