At first I decided to go with the 338 Edge, it's fast accurate and I can use my 300RUM brass I said two thumbs up until I tried to find the dies, the only company with said dies is Defensive Edge. if you haven't had the privilege of owning a wild cat you probably don't know while most dies run from $40-$100 and most wild cat dies run from $200-$400 or more. On the upside it is about 40fps faster then the Lapua and RUM. Another plus to the edge is most of your friends won't have one. I personally like having a unique rifle (especially if it is throws a larger bullet faster).
Then I decided to go with the 338RUM dies are cheap and it is only 40fps slower then the Edge. It is still the same speed as the Lapua, but what about the brass? I then went on a brass search the brass is $1.00 each and the only company making it is Remington. I like the idea of being able to switch if I need to or want to, so that one was cut from the list (besides someone I know could just go to Sportsman's Warehouse and buy one on any given Sunday thus removing any uniqueness).
So now the Lapua. The Lapua is the darling of the long range hunting / shooting community. Everyone loves the Lapua. It is fast accurate there are many companies that make the rifles and brass, and not everyone you know has one. All things say YES until I saw the price of the brass, $2.00 each now that isn't to much to swallow right. I have a 700 Remington which is almost never chambered in a Lapua, so I started the resource. Can you chamber a 700 in a lapua? Some say yes, some say no, and Dan Lilja says not really a good Idea. It seems that the wall thickness of the action is questionable at best and your wonderful gun you love so much could blow up in your face. Sorry Lapua your off my list.
My close friend Tedd at Blu Magnum Grip referred me to a gunsmith, Kevin Weaver at Weaver Rifles and I tpld him about my dilemma, Kevin had the answer. The 338-300 RUM this cartridge has basically the same performance as the Edge without having to pay defensive edge for the dies. I am not entirely sure what the exact difference is between the Edge and the 338-300 RUM, but they both use 300 RUM brass and have nearly the exact same performance. We have a winner!!
|The Hawkins Precision Brake makes it feel like a 7MM Remington.|
This project has been going on for quite some time, and finally the rifle is done. I ordered my barrel from Benchmark Barrels and they jumped through some hoops to get me a barrel blank in short order. The barrel is a 31 inch 1-9 twist 5 groove piece of art attached to a Remington 700 action that has been blueprinted and bedded in a HS Precision stock. All of the gunsmithing was done by Kevin Weaver who builds some of the worlds finest bolt action rifles.
|My first group at distance, 585 yards 3 shots measuring 2.493 inches|