Sa 338 rum

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  1. trueblue

    trueblue Well-Known Member

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    I have a buddy looking at a 40X Short action 338 RUM from the Remington custom shop. Don't know anything about these. Any feedback appreciated. Curious about the 338 RUM on a SA and info on what is a 40X
     
  2. sambo3006

    sambo3006 Well-Known Member

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    Correct me if I am wrong but as far as I know the 40X action is a solid bottom version of the 700 available only from the Custom Shop. A short action 338 RUM would work okay but loaded rounds would not be able to be ejected without removing the bolt. Empties might eject okay. If it were me I would spend the same money having a good gunsmith build a 338 RUM on a custom or blueprinted long action and probably have a better rifle. Just my two cents.:D
     

  3. SavageShtr

    SavageShtr Well-Known Member

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    The 40x should work just fine with the 338rum. I am currently shooting a 338 Lapua Mag on a Savage target action that is a SA. I do have to pull the bolt to eject a loaded round but it is tolerable and it ejects an empty just like it was made for it. This action is holding up great and shoots good when I do my part. I might do an improved version next time to get a little more velocity out of the 300's. Other than that it's all good.
     
  4. trueblue

    trueblue Well-Known Member

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    Sambo,
    I agree with the assessment that the bolt would need to be pulled to eject a loaded round. Not sure why he is looking to buy one of these. I do not see any advantage to do a 338 RUM on a short action. Maybe someone could enlighten me.
     
  5. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, enlighten me too. Why put up with the bolt removal to extract a loaded round??? is there some benefit that outwieghs this inconvienece...well atleast to me.
     
  6. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    +1....get a regular LA Remington 700 and spend the extra cash on a good gunsmith to blueprint it and rebarrel with a custom barrel.
     
  7. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    It's minimal, but using a SA cuts the weight of a rifle down. Some even say the SA is a better way to go because it is a stiffer action. Your throw time on a SA is also quicker assuming you have a mag set up to handle that ammo. Still single feeding is going to be quicker because of quicker ejection due to the short throw. Can a LA keep up? Does the shorter action out perform the LA? It is a matter of personal preference. As far as having to pull the bolt for a loaded round, in my opinion its a minor inconvenience. You put it in, in the beginning of the hunt, and use your safety. At the end of the day, pull it out or just shoot something and then unloading a loaded round is unnecessary.

    Tank
     
  8. yobuck

    yobuck Well-Known Member

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    ive owned a 40x since the late 70s. it was chambered in 7 rem mag. and i rechambered it to 7x300wby.
    i had to pull the bolt to both load and extract even empty cases.
    the bolt stop and saftey were removed early on. i load only when im ready to shoot.
    i had the port opened so i can get a live one in and an empty ejected later.
    its a very good action with a good trigger. problem is today those things cost too much. even used they are pricey.
    for sure id be looking at savage if i were doing it now.
     
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  9. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    I know for a fact that the Savage SA will eject a spent 338 Lapua casing. Shot one and ejected with ease. Plenty of room to accomplish your goal.

    Tank
     
  10. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    Liltank, thanks for the enlightenment. I respect one's choice based on the advantages you mentioned, not my cup of tea but, then again as you mentioned it's a matter of preference. Thanks for responding.:)