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Old 01-04-2014, 03:10 AM
M1Charlie M1Charlie is offline
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Default 30-338 caliber

Anyone know if this available? The rifle on auction would be only for reloaders if its not.
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:59 AM
Navlav8r Navlav8r is offline
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Handloading proposition only.
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:10 PM
rcolarco rcolarco is offline
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Easy to make brass. Just neck down .338 to .30. Probably don't have to neck ream, but it's a possibility.
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Old 01-04-2014, 01:39 PM
raymeketa raymeketa is offline
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The 30-338 was, at one time, a popular cartridge with long-range competitors. It is a very balanced, easy to load, cartridge. It's probably a better cartridge than the later 300 Win Mag but Winchester obviously didn't want to compete with the nearly identical 308 Norma Magnum, so the 300 WM was the result. It is sorta ironic that some competitors (myself included) took the 300 Win Mag case, pushed the shoulder back which lengthened the neck which resulted in a wildcat almost identical to the 30-338.

Back then, all of those cartridges were called "Short Magnums", which is confusing for younger shooters who know only the short magnums of today.


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Old 01-08-2014, 12:44 PM
OldDoggy OldDoggy is offline
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Default 308 Norma Mag

Old wildcat, good moose/elk round. Just Another old Doggy, Don
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Old 01-08-2014, 01:30 PM
mastergunnera8 mastergunnera8 is offline
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Shooters pro shop has some brass available...
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:35 AM
Bob S Bob S is offline
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My first Navy LR rifle was a pre-64 Model 70 in 30-338. Those rifles started out as 30-06, and the bolt faces were opened up for the magnums. The Navy ammunition that was issued with them was a 200 grain Sierra MK with a healthy dose of 4350 ... exactly what the charge was, I don't recall. The cases were Winchester, and headstamped 30-338. The rifle that I had was pretty much shot out. I could seat the bullets out so they just barely would stay in the case mouth and it was still no where near what was left of the throat. But so-seated, the rifle still shot "OK". Was capable of cleans at 600, and I shot a few mid-190's at 1000. The next season, I traded that back to Crane for a Crane-built 300 win mag on a Remington 721 action. The following season, the new McMillans came out, but I elected to keep my Crane 721. I may still have 30-338 brass floating around, but not sure I'd want to part with it.

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Old 01-11-2014, 01:37 PM
Super Duty-KTP Super Duty-KTP is offline
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MGa8, NPS's offering is the .30-378 cartridge brass, another animal entirely.
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