New what caliber??

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by midwesthunter, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. midwesthunter

    midwesthunter Well-Known Member

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    Ok I had a thread earlier that I was going to build a 7mm STW but wanted longer barrel life. So what caliber? So now I'm thinking I want a bigger caliber. The donar action is a 8mm Rem Mag, I have been considering the 300 wsm, 300 rum, 338 edge. Kind of leaning towards the edge. Will be used for all around fun, paper steal, small/big game. Will be reloading of coarse. Soooo question is whick one should I pick? Currently don't have anything bigger than a 30-06.gun)
     
  2. Long Time Long Ranger

    Long Time Long Ranger Well-Known Member

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    All of those are great rifles. The 300 ultramag barrel life would probably be about similar to the 7mm stw. I have five 7mm stw's and three 300 ultramags. I don't know how many rounds they have shot but they all still shoot good. The 300 short mag is excellent and will give tremendous barrel life. If you intend to shoot this rifle a bunch I like that choice. For a long range hunting rifle for all around hunting of big game that includes elk size critters I would do the 338 ultramag. It has the same performance as the 338-300 ultramag you call edge and will work better with your action. They both shoot 225 grain bullets near 3300 fps, 250 grain bullets around 3100 fps and 300 grain bullets 2800-2900 fps. These two are the top performers at long range game with your action. If you don't intend to hunt elk size stuff there are a bunch of choices.
     

  3. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    I really enjoy my 300WSM. Another caliber to consider is the 338 Norma mag. Good strong caliber and won't smoke the bore as quickly as the rest. It runs 300 SMK's at 2750 with a calculated optimum barrel length between 23.5" to 25". I believe it to be a very good design and was developed to fit normal long action lengths. Read the article 338 Norma Review on the home page and then read the discussions. It is a very viable caliber for your applications.

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  4. Long Time Long Ranger

    Long Time Long Ranger Well-Known Member

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    I like the 338 Norma but thought it had the lapua bolt face. I just stayed with what could be done fairly easily with the 8mm mag action. I am getting to old to keep up with all of them but I think it is a shortenned blown out lapua. Let us know for sure. That is a very interesting round and may be one of my next builds for a lighter weight big 338.
     
  5. sniperjwt

    sniperjwt Well-Known Member

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    My vote is stay with your original choice of the 7mm STW.:D I like it better than any of the others you listed.
     
  6. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    It is a blown out shortened version, but closer to the original 416 design. When the Lapua was made they made some dimensional changes to create the Lapua. It's OAL in the casing is 2.500" I really like the idea of that cartridge. I don't think I will shoot any farther than 1500. I could be wrong.... it's been known to happen! ;)

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  7. midwesthunter

    midwesthunter Well-Known Member

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    I will have to look into the 338 norma a little more. But when comairing ballistics between the 300 WSM and the 338 EDGE, yes they both can hit 1000 yards but the edge does it with alot more athority, and doesn't have the drop or drift that the 300 WSM has. So to me it would be a little more forgiving. As for still build the 7mm STW, I have to 8mm mag actions, so thats not tattaly out of the picture.
     
  8. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    7mm STW has my vote. gun)
     
  9. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    You have to remember, with the Norma you are getting similar ballistics with 23.5 to 25 inch barrels that you need a 26 to 30 inch barrel with the Edge. That is the appealing part for me. Not to mention it fits in a normal long action.

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  10. midwesthunter

    midwesthunter Well-Known Member

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    Yes but can I use the same bolt face? I read the review on here but other than that can't find any more info on it?
     
  11. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    No, you would have to open up the bolt face a little. Yours is a .532" and you would have to take it to a .585". With that said, we were discussing the possibilities of using the 375 Ruger as a parent case and necking it down to a 338 or 7mm. It would probably offer RUM like qualities.

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