First custom build in .338 Lapua, opinions appreciated

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  1. wbyfireman

    wbyfireman Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking at putting together my first custom build in .338 lapua. This will primarily be a hunting rig for long range use (obviously). I currently own a Savage LRH in 7mm Rem Mag with a nightforce NSX and a Remington 5R .308 topped with a Sightron SIII.

    Since this will be my first "custom build" I hope to have parts and gunsmith work done with in 18-20 months. Since this is a hunting rig in which I will carry in my Eberlestock I am wanting to keep size and weight at a minimum!!! Here is what I'm considering and would appreciate and opinions and/or recommendations!! Also I do reload.

    Remington 700 action
    McMillan A-3 tactical stock
    Timney trigger
    Christiansen 26" carbon wrapped barrel w/brake
    Nightforce 5.5-22 NXS, nightforce base/rings
    Harris bipod

    Any other recommendations? Opinions? Caliber? Etc
    Thanks:)
     
  2. 406precision

    406precision Well-Known Member

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    I would advise staying away from the 700 action for a 338 lapua build. I don't like the bolt diameter for that caliber.
    if your looking at carbon wrapped barrels I'd suggest calling Chris at benchmark .

    If you want a repeater I would suggest the following
    338 norma mag
    300 norma mag
    the 338 lapua is better suited for a single shot where seating depth is not as critical.

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  3. 57goldtopman

    57goldtopman Well-Known Member

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    338 Lapua is a great cartridge for use in multi round mags. attached is a pic I recently took.

    stock factory rifle and affordable scope.

    I do not feel I would have the ability to shoot any better, even with a custom build.

    problem with the Lapua is it has a very large cartridge base.

    If I were going totally custom, would likely start with a Surgeon action. Would even consider a weather by action.
     

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  4. Boman

    Boman Well-Known Member

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    I'd stay away from Christensen barrels. I would go with Proof research all the way.
     
  5. wbyfireman

    wbyfireman Well-Known Member

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    Have you had a bad experience with them?
     
  6. Boman

    Boman Well-Known Member

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    No but as I understand it the process/technology they use to wrap their barrels causes them to cook the barrel instead of shedding heat. I have had great results with Proof.