Anybody built a 338 Norma improved?

Ucsdryder

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I’m liking this a lot…on paper.

Shorter and fatter allows for a magazine fed bullet loaded long without coal issues like the 338 edge.

Shorter and fatter also allows for a slightly shorter barrel, similar to a 7saum or 308.

I’m thinking a 23” 338 Norma improved in a xlr folder with a brake (later a TBAC 338 suppressor) shooting 285 eld-m around 2750 would be the ultimate elk rifle. Carrying weight would be around 9.5lb.

Curious if anybody has something somewhat similar? Mostly curious about recoil. I hate brakes but would brake this rifle until funds allowed for a 338 suppressor. Any flaws in my thinking above?

Thanks!
 

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I built a 24" 338 NM a few years ago that ended up right around that weight. I got about 2900 with 250 Bergers
I shot it for a few months and said the hell with this..
Even using a Terminator T5 it was brutal on my neck and actually gave me head pain.
I went 30 cal and never looked back.
In my opinion lightweight and 338 is a terrible combo.

I should add that it was very accurate with every load I tried, kinda like a short mag.
If you can handle the abuse it's definitely a good cartridge, improving it would be a must to slow case growth though.
 
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AkMtnRunner

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A smaller 338 case could still outperform the 30 magnums on game at extended range, such as 338 win mag or 33 Nosler. There are such good 210-250 grain hunting bullets and those 338’s greater efficiency give them great velocity from a shorter barrel on top of obvious greater frontal area and bullet weight.

There’s been so much attention on greater extreme long distance target shooting like for the 6.5’s, 300 PRC, and large 338’s and 375’s, that the moderate and more efficient 338’s long range hunting prowess has kind of been forgotten.
 

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I've got a standard 338 Norma. It's about 11 lbs with TBAC 338 muffler and it's a pussy cat to shoot. I'm not sure if an improved case will be a big benefit given the cost and wait time for custom dies.

If you want to hit elk as hard as you can the 300 grain bullets don't disappoint. Mine is 25" and I wish I went shorter, next barrel will be 18".
 

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It will be extremely loud. By far the biggest downside. My 338 RUM is 9 lb loaded shooting 260 gr bullets 3060 fps and I can shoot all day (if i didn't care about my barrel). A well designed stock and good brake goes a long way and I honestly prefer shooting that gun than my 7.5 unbraked 30-06.

Last year while waiting for cows to clear, my bull started to turn when i finally had a window...a steep quartering away, entered back of stomach, went through paunch, guts, diagraph, lungs, and broke the opposite front right shoulder....DRT.
 
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I think I have a chubby. Thanks guys.

A TBAC 338 will be in my future as well.
 

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I think I have a chubby. Thanks guys.

A TBAC 338 will be in my future as well.
Aside from the purchase price, I feel confident in saying you will not regret a TBAC 338 ultra. No experience with a 338 NI. I have a 338 rum with the 338 ultra can on it and its bad to the bone. I had my mind made up to shoot the 285 eldm's for a number of reasons but for whatever reason I couldn't get them to shoot any better than about 1moa, which is fine, but not what I was hoping for in a long range precision rifle. Got ahold of some berger 300 elite hunters and was grouping at 0.3 moa right away.

Excited to hear about the build.
 

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Will this fit in your tikka action?
 

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Will this fit in your tikka action?
Yup
I'm generally 338 illiterate outside of some big Uber magnums but those velocities seem quite sufficient for anything

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Will this fit in your tikka action?

It's very close in case capacity to what a 338 wsm would be and that would fit mo better.
 
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