Custom .338

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mrharris, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. mrharris

    mrharris New Member

    Oct 30, 2011
    I have an idea based on the .338 Edge.
    I am thinking about getting a Browning BAR .338 WM Lightweight Stalker. Since it uses the .375 H&H (reduced length) I would like to use a full length cartridge. This will add .35" to the cartridge length.
    Can this be bone? Magazine will be custom to accommodate the new round.
  2. KRP

    KRP Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2007
    With enough time/money most anything can be done. Is it worth it to build a BAR? That's up to you and how much time/effort/money you want to put into it and what you expect to get out of it. I'd just stick with the WM if you really want a BAR or start with a good bolt action if you want an Edge.
  3. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    I'm not trying to burst your bubble, just simple things to consider here:

    1). The standard long action would not work for Edge length rounds, (.338 being only 2.5" case length), but if the .375 h&h being 2.85 case length/same with .300 RUM-parent case-....maybe...
    Guess that's a good question
    2). While the BAR is considered the "champaign automatic" vs the Rem etc. Your stuck with one of the worst triggers known to man, & no way to fix it. Not to mention a lot of guys I know that own them use small base dies & can't romp on thier loads too hard without causing "sticky" brass upon extraction. So ever comming close to reaching the edges full potential may be very difficult. I'm not familiar with exact p.s.i's of each cartrige here, but you may want to research it before hand so you could guess your potential.
    3). I'd ask a gunsmith if opening the bolt face to accomodate the .404 parent case (may) cause your extractor to be weak.(maybe not). Plus, a barrel screwed into an aluminum reciver with no support (ie bedding/block of some kind) you might be stuck with a short sporter wt. barrel, again limmiting performance, would be another thing to consider talking to a gunsmith about. I'm not well versed in this arena.
    I love my dads BAR in .338 win mag. It shoots like a dream, as do a couple of my uncles BAR's and one cousins BAR, but there doesn't seem to be much a guy can do to em to take it to the next level without a GREAT deal of hassle.
    In My opinion only, enjoy them for what they are, as they are a joy to shoot in large magnum calibers/cartriges, but just not a good building platform. Again, this is just my opinion.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2011
  4. royinidaho

    royinidaho Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2004
    If this is the BAR you're talking about............not a problem:)

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