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If one were always going to shoot under 1000 yards, wouldn't it be ok just to go with the 338RUM?
 
I mean, here in my state of WV its hard to find anything over 500 yards. 
 
I was going to go with a 338 for ballistic coefficient.  I really want to get started reloading, preferabbly on a single stage press.  For the reasons of possibly improved accuracy, less cost and as a new relaxing hobby.
 
What are the boards opinions for me?
 
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I think a 6.5x284 will give you high BCs, give you plenty of enjoyment in reloading, and save you money on bullets, powder, cases, etc.
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heck for under a grand shooting a 300 win mag will be sufficient really, common size components and cheaper to shoot and reload... that said there are multitudes of calibers that will do a grand for cheaper and have higher BCs
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If going under 1000, the .260 rem has got it all! No recoil, same drop as a .300 win mag shooting 190's, and just about as good in the wind.
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Unless you are trying to punch holes in concrete at long distance, there is no need for either.
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Originally posted by JDorsey JDorsey wrote:

If one were always going to shoot under 1000 yards, wouldn't it be ok just to go with the 338RUM?
 
I mean, here in my state of WV its hard to find anything over 500 yards. 
 
I was going to go with a 338 for ballistic coefficient.  I really want to get started reloading, preferabbly on a single stage press.  For the reasons of possibly improved accuracy, less cost and as a new relaxing hobby.
 
What are the boards opinions for me?
 
JR Dorsey
 
JR,
if you don't have a place to shoot over 500 yards, don't go with a 338 of anything. The rifle will never "shine", heck the 338's don'e wake up till 1,000+. If it were me I would go with a 300 win mag , 7mag or even a 30/03 or a 308 winchester.
 
Loading is good idea. it fun....
 
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If 500 and under, I'd shoot a .243! If shooting game is in the works though, I'd opt for something a little bigger. I like my .300 win mag too. For targets though, the .243 is a blast. Can't wait to try to get mine to 1000. Just gotta set the range up. Can only get to 700 right now..........But I'm rectifying that problem.Big Grin
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Well I have a 338RUM so I am probably biased a little.  IMO either would be superb if you have a hankering for a big 338.  The edge might go to the 338 Lapua if you were into hobknobbing with the sniper crowd and the Lapua brass is definitely the best.  For my purposes which is having a long range (which for me is less than 800 yards) caliber with a lot of smack down for hunting, the 338RUM is all I need.  Remington brass is typically the only brass available but that is my favorite anyway.
 
Factory ammo is available on-line for either caliber and runs an average of $80.00 a box.  If you were in a sporting goods store on a hunting trip I think you would be much more likely to find a box of 338RUM than 338 Lapua.
 
If you reload then brass for the Lapua will run $235.00 for a box of 100 and $100.00 for a box of 100 for the RUM.  Availability is a crap shoot for either and you need to get it when you can, they only make occasional runs.  Dies are about the same price in either.
 
Either will have substantial recoil so you need to think about that.  Mine is a fairly heavy rifle with a port in the end of a 26" #5 contour barrel
 
 
and a couple of recoil reducers glassed into the butt stock
 
 
which makes for a 11 1/2# rifle all up but makes it kick like a lightweight 30-06
 
 
Where I go Elk hunting we glass and spot Elk across canyons and typically those shots can be 350 to 700 yards and you need some smack down.  If it were just Whitetails at 500 yards this much smack down is not needed
 
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Thanks everyone. 
 
I think I will stick with my new 308 and see what it and I are capable of.
 
Then I might take the sugestion to go 6.5mm if I think its warranted.
 
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Originally posted by sakomato sakomato wrote:

Well I have a 338RUM so I am probably biased a little.  IMO either would be superb if you have a hankering for a big 338.  The edge might go to the 338 Lapua if you were into hobknobbing with the sniper crowd and the Lapua brass is definitely the best.  For my purposes which is having a long range (which for me is less than 800 yards) caliber with a lot of smack down for hunting, the 338RUM is all I need.  Remington brass is typically the only brass available but that is my favorite anyway.
 
Factory ammo is available on-line for either caliber and runs an average of $80.00 a box.  If you were in a sporting goods store on a hunting trip I think you would be much more likely to find a box of 338RUM than 338 Lapua.
 
If you reload then brass for the Lapua will run $235.00 for a box of 100 and $100.00 for a box of 100 for the RUM.  Availability is a crap shoot for either and you need to get it when you can, they only make occasional runs.  Dies are about the same price in either.
 
Either will have substantial recoil so you need to think about that.  Mine is a fairly heavy rifle with a port in the end of a 26" #5 contour barrel
 
 
and a couple of recoil reducers glassed into the butt stock
 
 
which makes for a 11 1/2# rifle all up but makes it kick like a lightweight 30-06
 
 
Where I go Elk hunting we glass and spot Elk across canyons and typically those shots can be 350 to 700 yards and you need some smack down.  If it were just Whitetails at 500 yards this much smack down is not needed
 

bull sh*t! you can never kill an animal to dead. i like mine keeled "extra" dead.Wink
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You a real he-man kick ass beasty boy pyro!  50 Cal 
 
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Really a 270 is all you need!  Laugh
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Originally posted by sakomato sakomato wrote:

You a real he-man kick ass beasty boy pyro!  50 Cal 
 
Big Grin
 
Really a 270 is all you need!  Laugh

well, really in minnesota all you need is a .223. thats boring though. i like the trees to fall down behind the deer i just smacked with a vw bugBig Grin
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I take this one to heart...

I have to agree unless you are going past 1000 or shoot 1000 and want to get really good and have the money to burn it might be better to stick with your .308 and learn all you can before you jump...
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