338 Allen Xpress vs 338 Lapua Improved/AI...

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  1. Despotes

    Despotes Well-Known Member

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    I want to have my 30-378 Weatherby rebarreled to 338 AX, but can't find anyone with a reamer to do it. Does the 338 Lapua AI use the same reamer as the 338 AX? Lapua Improved vs Ackley Improved?
    I found a smith that has reamers for the AI and the [FONT=arial, verdana][FONT=arial, verdana]338 lapua improved 40 degree, I just don't know the differences between the 3.

    I'm pretty sure Kirby only does complete builds so it seems unlikely I can get anybody to chamber a barrel for me in 338 AX unless someone here knows somebody.
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  2. Despotes

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    It would appear Hart can do a barrel chambered for "338 Lapua Ackley". I assume that's the same as an Ackley Improved.
    Factory 338 Lapua, if in a pinch, can be shot through the Lapua Ackley without problems yes? (The cases do have to be fireformed)
    Anybody have any load data for this round?
     
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    Go buy your own reamer so you do not run into this next time.

    Dave Kiff at PTG has several reamers. I went with his recommendation on the "338 AI Speedy" reamer and loved it.
     
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    Couldn't find the "338 AI Speedy" reamer. Everything but.
    Would it be easier if I simply have the barrel made and later take it to a recommended smith to be chambered, threaded, installed and have matching dies? Do you recommend someone who can do this? Too bad Kirby only does complete rifles now.
     
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    Send Kirby an email. He will tell you what to do.

    Steve
     
  7. Despotes

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    I shot Kirby an email.
    I've been trying to resist placing an order for the Raptor LRSS in 338AE. hehe
     
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    I'm considering the 338-378 to avoid all the hassle. Has anybody approached 3000fps with the 300gr or the 285gr A-Max and a 30" barrel w/o loose primer pockets? If Norma only had the quality brass Lapua has.
    Is the belt really a problem with Weatherby brass?
     
  10. Despotes

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    Which type of reamer would I need? Just a Finisher or would I also need a Rougher?
     
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    I'm about to order the reamer. It looks like Bartlein 5R barrel and possibly have Accurate Ordnance do the install work. Are they a decent quality shop or should I let Bartlein do the install work as well?
     
  12. stonehands1

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    Personally I would have the barrel maker do the install if possible and feasible.
     
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    It turns out Bartlein is doing it all. Reamer and Terminator T3 are ordered.
     
  14. stonehands1

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    Excellent