Where to buy/ hire an 338 Edge reamer??

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Steve7mm08, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. Steve7mm08

    Steve7mm08 Well-Known Member

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    I am still compiling all my bits but am leaving the final decison on calibre hanging, will be a .338 cal and most likely an edge.

    Where do you pick up reamers for chambering the .338 edge or can they be hired? Do reamers come with the go and no-go gauges?

    I nearly bit the bullet so to speak and got Shawn Carlock to build me one but our dollar took a nosedive bigtime against the greenback and I am scared it will drop even further so getting one made in the US is not an option at the moment.

    cheers, Steve
     
  2. Long Time Long Ranger

    Long Time Long Ranger Well-Known Member

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    Steve,

    Pac-Nor will send you a 338-300 ultramag barrel finished with muzzle brake and ready to screw in to your action at a very fair price. They have excellent quality barrels that are as good as any on the market. That has been a very popular chambering for about ten years now by quite a few gunsmiths. I know I built 65 of them in 1999 alone.
     

  3. Steve7mm08

    Steve7mm08 Well-Known Member

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    I am in New Zealand and importing barrells is a hassle (for one anyway), plus I am in the process of having a contact bringing one in with his barells.
    Just need the reamers/gauges and I will be into it, cheers
     
  4. BountyHunter

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    Steve

    PM sent with info.

    BH
     
  5. GLZ

    GLZ Well-Known Member

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    pacifictoolandgauge.com has reamers and gauges. But, I believe that the first ones built used a 338 RUM reamer and 300 RUM gauges. Just run the reamer in deep and set headspace with the 300 gauge. You can probably find someone in NZ that has both.
     
  6. Shawn Carlock

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    Steve,

    Dave at Pacific Tool & Gauge has 338 Edge reamers and GO/NOGO gauges.
     
  7. Steve7mm08

    Steve7mm08 Well-Known Member

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    Cheers guys.

    I am in a real bind whether to go 338 Edge or Lapua. It looks like the Lapua brass is shorter so might fit in a R700 mag easier, would that be right?
    In saying that I am impressed with the Edge and because Shawn chambers the Edge on 700 actions there cant be too much of a problem with length.
     
  8. GLZ

    GLZ Well-Known Member

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    For me the Edge was a no brainer. RUM brass is much cheaper for me than Lapua. Standard magnum bolt face and will work in factory bottom metal. I have not fire formed any brass yet but the capacity should be close. HS and Seekings both make DM bottom metal for either round on a 700. I think the Seekings has a longer box though.
     
  9. Steve7mm08

    Steve7mm08 Well-Known Member

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    Youre not wrong, Lapua .338 brass is NZ$5 per piece!, I can pick up Nosler Custom 300RUM brass for NZ$2.10approx

    Has anyone here used the Nosler Custom brass in the Edge or is the Remington adequate?

    All this info is great and I really appreciate it, I am not aware of anyone in NZ having an Edge so all the info is off this site, cheers
     
  10. GLZ

    GLZ Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to be using Remington Brass to start. I've got a pile of it (I have 3 other RUM's). The Nosler brass is suppose to be top notch. I will try it also.