What is the point of the 338 edge

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  1. Southernfryedyankee

    Southernfryedyankee Well-Known Member

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    when you can just have a 338 RUM? The 338 edge is just a 300 RUM necked up right. So whats the point? I am wanting to build a custom and the 338 edge is in the lineup of possibilties but is it worth the effort especially if I start reloading?
     
  2. winmagman

    winmagman Well-Known Member

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    I believe the 300 RUM case is longer than the 338 RUM so you get a little more powder in the edge. Don't remember exactly how much, but there are several guys here that shoot them and I'm sure they'll chime in.

    Chris
     

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    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    SIR TO KILL SIR

    Theres what wingman said and then theres the CHICKS DIG IT FACTOR. Its kind of like another exclusive club that Im not in!
     
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  4. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    WinMagMan is correct, the 338RUM is the shorty of the RUM's.

    I ran the 300SMK out of 2 different Edge's this weekend at nearly 2800fps with NO sign's of pressure. Ran the 250gr GameKing at nearly 3100fps before I got a somewhat flattened primer! (CED Mellenium II chrony) No extraction problems on any of the loads.

    That's why I shoot it.

    AJ
     
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    :D you and me both ... someday, perhaps when some kind of stimulus package comes my way.
     
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    Have you watched the vids on shawns sight holy crap who wouldn't want one:D i mean if you can see it you can ost likly kill it one shot drt! if i only had the money:D:D
     
  7. Southernfryedyankee

    Southernfryedyankee Well-Known Member

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    The only way I could really do a 338 edge if I was a reloader right? What is the process of necking a case up?
     
  8. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    I use a mandrel in a Sinclair Neck die and expand the neck before I run my 300RUM brass through an Edge die. But I know of those that simply run 300RUM brass into a 338 Edge die and load it.

    Yes, you would need to reload (or have a friend that reloads!) to shoot the Edge.

    I see you have a Savage 110 in 7mm Rem Mag, is it a large shank? If so, an Edge would be very easy to build on that rifle!

    AJ
     
  9. Southernfryedyankee

    Southernfryedyankee Well-Known Member

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    I actually have 2 7mags 1 will stay a 7mag as my primary hunting rifle the other will be converted. It is a standard shank but has a magnum boltface.
     
  10. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    The difference is 4 to7 grains of powder capacity.

    Necking up is not a problem but you will get a little neck thining.

    If it were me I would use the 375 RUM brass necked down and turned true.

    I chose the 338 RUM because it is the ballistic equal in a Mark 5 action because
    the bullets can be seated .100 thousandth longer allowing loads to be equal.

    Mine will deliver over 1500 ft/lbs @ 1200 yrds and thats enough for me and I can
    buy ammo if I get off somewhere without my reloads.

    The only way to realy better the RUM is to go with a case that has a capacity of
    120+ grains of powder.

    Just my opinion
    J E CUSTOM
     
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    260shooter Well-Known Member

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    The 338 EDGE competes head to head with the 338 Lapua Mag. Brass for the EDGE is 1/3 the price of the Lapua brass. That is why the EDGE is on my build list.

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    And the Lapua brass will last about 3 times longer IMHO. The Lapua brass is excellent and very strong and that is why I went with the 338 Lapua. The build is certainly less expensive in the 338 Edge.
     
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  14. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    The Lapua Brass is definitely great. But I recently shot the same piece of Rem Brass in my Edge 12 times without any splitting etc. The primer was still tight, I could have continued, but decided I'd learned all I needed to know about how long the brass would last. I'll probably throw my first 100 brass out when I re-barrel.

    AJ