338 LM First custom build.

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  1. Idsharp

    Idsharp Member

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    I've been enjoying long range shooting for a while. I've been doing the best I can with factory rifles ( a Remington bolt rifle in 7mm mag.) and a semi custom (Savage single shot target currently in 6.5x47 Lapua). I've been looking to shoot further and more accurately than I've been able to. I know it's not so much the rifle as the shooter that enables someone to reach out to extended ranges but I figured that a really good gun would be a major contributing factor. I was right.

    A year and a half ago I started researching and planning my ideal full custom long range rifle. This would be a target shooting rifle. I wouldn't hesitate to use it for hunting but the conditions/situation would have to be fairly specific. I would mostly be shooting paper, steel, and varmints. I decided on the 338 LM for several reasons. I won't expound here but just say that it is a proven long range cartridge. It would be a single shot. All my rifles are single shot, again for different personal reasons. On this particular build each shot will be measured and calculated and I didn't want my COAL to be restricted by magazine length.

    I had an NXS 5-22x 56 scope already. This scope while not my perfect ideal scope would suffice because of the rugged and proven dependability and more pressing budget constraints. On the rifle itself I would not compromise on any of the components. Here's the list:
    Action: Surgeon XL single shot
    Barrel: Krieger MTU contour 27" finish length 1/9.35 twist
    Stock: McMillan Mchale sniper fill
    Trigger: Jewell
    Brake: MBM Beast
    Bipod: Atlas 5H
     

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  2. C.O. Shooter

    C.O. Shooter Well-Known Member

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    Very Nice Build. I like your colors. I've been working on load development with mine. Getting closer, it seems to favor more powder.
     
  3. Idsharp

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    Thanks. I've always had blued or stainless rifles so I really wanted something different this time.
     
  4. 300whisper

    300whisper Well-Known Member

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    Awesome paint. I really like the conservative look of your rifle. I am building a similar style .338 Lapua on a Remington 700 Action and PTG bolt. Your picture just got me way more excited for my build. Thanks for sharing.
     
  5. Idsharp

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    300WHISPER, you're welcome and good luck with your build. I really enjoy shooting the 338LM.
     
  6. BEEMAN

    BEEMAN Well-Known Member

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    How is the recoil with that Brake? Was thinking I may try one on a 338 Edge.
     
  7. Idsharp

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    The recoil is very mild. It's a great brake. I can usually see the impact and splash of the bullet. The weight of this setup definitely helps... 22 lbs.