Short barreled 338

Jmort1754

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Hey guys.

Building a 338

Short barrel 22 inches

Don’t want 338 win

338 Norma
338 ultra
33 nosler
338 rum
338 edge


Play gun and hunting

Carbon barrel
Will run and suppressor

I know nothing about 33

I do reload
 

Alaskanopolis

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I have a short barrel 338RCM. It started out with a 20" carbon barrel and I was getting 2735fps with a 230gr ELD-X. I then cut it down to 16" and I'm getting 2600fps with a 225gr CE Raptor. It's a lightweight rifle built on a Tuebor Ti action. I also run a stock Weatherby accumark in 338-378 and shoot 280gr Barnes LRX at 2950fps and 300gr accubonds at 2750fps. I could probably push both of those loads a fair bit faster but I stopped when I found excellent accuracy. The Wby is running a 26" barrel so throwing a suppressor on it would be absurd for hunting. I built the RMC with the intent of running a lightweight suppressor but haven't bought one yet. The RCM pefroms really well in short barrels.
 

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Jmort1754

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250-300 grain Bullet

Animals to 600

Steel to 1500 ( range limit )
 

Jacques Etcheverry

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I have a short barrel 338RCM. It started out with a 20" carbon barrel and I was getting 2735fps with a 230gr ELD-X. I then cut it down to 16" and I'm getting 2600fps with a 225gr CE Raptor. It's a lightweight rifle built on a Tuebor Ti action. I also run a stock Weatherby accumark in 338-378 and shoot 280gr Barnes LRX at 2950fps and 300gr accubonds at 2750fps. I could probably push both of those loads a fair bit faster but I stopped when I found excellent accuracy. The Wby is running a 26" barrel so throwing a suppressor on it would be absurd for hunting. I built the RMC with the intent of running a lightweight suppressor but haven't bought one yet. The RCM pefroms really well in short barrels.

Like to know more on that RCM build.


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wildwilderness

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Hey guys.

Building a 338

Short barrel 22 inches

Don’t want 338 win

338 Norma
338 ultra
33 nosler
338 rum
338 edge


Play gun and hunting

Carbon barrel

All those seem like a waste of powder in a 22”. As mentioned the 338 rcm seems what you are looking for. As you reload the 338 Sherman Short would also be efficient in a short rifle. Can also go the 338 wsm wildcat but would be best on a med/long action, then you could also go 338-06, or even AI that for a more efficient cartridge in a short .338 cal rifle.
All those seem like a waste of powder in a 22”. As mentioned the 338 rcm seems what you are looking for. As you reload the 338 Sherman Short would also be efficient in a short rifle. Can also go the 338 wsm wildcat but would be best on a med/long action, then you could also go 338-06, or even AI that for a more efficient in a short .338 cal rifle.

what action and suppressor? Will this be a dedicated can for the rifle?

lots of options
 
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wildwilderness

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Found this picture- makes me want to build a 338 😆 is missing the 33Nos. I guess for you it will come down to what bullet at what speed? What’s your max OAL? From what I have gathered the brass you can find is most important- many said go 338 Lapua MagAI

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204guy

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Just picked up an 18" 33 nosler barreled action on thurs. Will run a 338 ultra on it. Hope is to be able to run bullets at 24" win mag velocities. It'll be awhile before I get it stocked, but I can try to remember to update this thread with velocities.
 

CApighunter

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I’m in a similar boat, I’d like to build a big 338 but I don’t want a 28-30 inch barrel like most Edges. Been thinking of doing a 338-300 PRC imp. Seems like it might be just about the right case capacity for a 24-26 inch tube. I’ve reached out to Rich Sherman about it as hes already done the 300 Sherman magnum. Send it to Shawn Carlock for a +p throat and see if Steve Davis could whip up some Absolute Hammers in the 260-285gr range. Would fit in a 4.000 Wyatt’s box with room to spare and use a normal magnum bolt face unlike the Norma/Lapua cases. Call it the 338 Rok.
Edit: Sherman has one in testing currently.
 
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Jeff O

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Hey guys.

Building a 338

Short barrel 22 inches

Don’t want 338 win

338 Norma
338 ultra
33 nosler
338 rum
338 edge


Play gun and hunting

Carbon barrel
Will run and suppressor

I know nothing about 33

I do reload
I have a .338 edge with a 30" barrel that I love,will you please post results with a 22" barrel.I have been curious about this build myself.
 

AkMtnRunner

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Just picked up an 18" 33 nosler barreled action on thurs. Will run a 338 ultra on it. Hope is to be able to run bullets at 24" win mag velocities. It'll be awhile before I get it stocked, but I can try to remember to update this thread with velocities.
Any updates?
 

Clownbuster

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I just had Dallas Lane build me a switch rig with two proof barrels in 300 Norma Mag 35° Improved in a 22" and a 338 Warthog (Robert Gradous-design 338 Norma Mag 40° Improved) in a 26", but I'd be interested in cutting another 338 Warthog in a 22" if I could get a deal on a barrel. Should push a 250gr Berger north of 3k if you stomped on it with the right powder.
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tracker12

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338-06 is a great round and deadly on elk and moose. Plus a comfort to shoot
 

Doc89

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Picked up my 338 Norma from Snowy Mountain Rifles a few weeks ago :) So there's my vote!

246 gr Hammer Hunters @ 2944 fps from a 24" barrel. Was hoping for 2800-2900 with 250 gr weight class bullets.
 

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