Which Profile For A 338 Edge?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by JOSE A. MARINE, May 23, 2008.

  1. JOSE A. MARINE

    JOSE A. MARINE Well-Known Member

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    Please help, I found a couple of 338 shilen barrels in 28 inches long, very cheap, what contour would be better 5 or 7?

    every advise is welcome.

    THANKS
    JOE
     
  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    JOSE

    The #7 would be better if the stock will take it.

    The #5 would be ok with a muzzle break but more finicky to
    reload for.

    J E CUSTOM
     

  3. TAP

    TAP Well-Known Member

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    Depends on what you are using the rifle for. If you have to carry it a long ways the #5 might be a little more to your liking. I am like J E and am more partial to the #7. Am having Kirby Allen build me one with a 28" #7. Can't wait :D. Good luck.
     
  4. Shawn Carlock

    Shawn Carlock Sponsor

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    Joe,

    Be careful of "good" barrel deals. The barrel is arguably the most important single item on your accurate rifle. Do not scrimp here. Great barrels are great barrels and they cost a fair amount of money. Don't let anyone talk you into "they are just as good as ..."
     
  5. JOSE A. MARINE

    JOSE A. MARINE Well-Known Member

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    I think

    178 usd + shipping for a shilen barrel from midway its a nice deal. although its not a select match. but its over the counter.

    or should I wait and buy a select match?

    thanks to you all.

    thanks
    Joe
     
  6. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Jose

    When Specweldtom and I visited Shilen's shop we spent the day
    observing there operation and found it to be very good.

    I normaly buy select match only for the heavy barrel rifles but
    understanding the rejection process for there barrels I am comfortable
    with there Match grade barrel.

    All barrels are made to the same spec., After air gauge testing they are
    sorted and all barrels that are "Select " match have to be withen .0003
    of the standard bore diamenter and no more than .0001 variation from
    end to end.

    Barrels that fall withen .0005 and .0003 are called Match grade and If
    a customer Is in a hurry and delivery is an issue with the select match
    then we go with the Match grade barrel. and all of these barrels have
    shot under 1/2 MOA.

    When you buy a Select match barrel you are guaranteed the tolerances
    listed and when you order a Match grade barrel the same is true but you
    may get a select match if they have lots of them and few or none of the
    match grade barrels in your caliber.

    Shawn is right about the Barrel being the single most important part of an
    accurate rifle .Most barrel makers will guarante there barrels to meet there
    advertised specs. The thing to watch for is one that doesent .

    I have not used all of the barrel makers custom barrels but I do try to select
    the best that he makes.

    Normaly thier quality depends on there acceptance criteria and there willingness
    to stay withen those spec.

    If you want to call them and ask about your barrel you should. they will give you
    the specs on your barrel and then you can decide to wait or proceed.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  7. JOSE A. MARINE

    JOSE A. MARINE Well-Known Member

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    thanks again.

    I`ll try to wait, as the reamer for the edge is still on hold, and have some time left.

    thanks again.

    Joe