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Rebore a .308 to .338 Fed? Crazy?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by rodell, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. rodell

    rodell Newcastle, WA Active Member

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    I have a Weatherby Mark V Ultralight in Stainless, with a fluted barrel. I love the weapon, in .308, but is is an "extra" .30 cal. I've been thinking about having the barrel recut to .338 Federal - the Weatherby was offered in .338-06 with the same profile, so it should be ok.

    I don't have anything else in .338, and, don't really want a magnum. The 338 Federal seems like it is a good "do it all" round at the higher end, at least for my needs.

    Am I nuts?

    Bob
     
  2. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like a fun project to me.

    I too love my Mark V Ultralight, even more since I basically stole it from a local pawn shop.
     
  3. rodell

    rodell Newcastle, WA Active Member

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    I also have one in 257 Roy. My .308 is the clean stainless/blue stocked one ...
     
  4. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like your .308 and my .270win are the same. Mine has a blued reciever, stainless barrel with black flutes and blue stock with black flecks.
     
  5. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    The .308 barrel would have to be replaced with a .338 barrel.
     
  6. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    Not necessarily true.

    If the barrel is thick enough, the barrel can be drilled out to the larger size and re-rifled.:thumbup:
     
  7. shibbershabber

    shibbershabber Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    Sounds good.

    Id say go for it if you reload and really like the round.

    Otherwise you might run into availability issues and lose resale value.
     
  8. Ranb

    Ranb Belfair, WA Active Member

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    I do not kow how much drilling out a 308 to 338 costs or what it does to accuracy, but I think that having a 338 barrel made and installed would be cheaper and maybe a better product in the end.

    Ranb
     
  9. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    $300-ish to re-bore.

    Probably looking at $500-600 minimum to duplicate the barrel on the MK V Ultralight.
     
  10. Ranb

    Ranb Belfair, WA Active Member

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    Thanks.
     
  11. rodell

    rodell Newcastle, WA Active Member

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    That's what I've discovered. It is well north of $600. I can buy a new Weatherby Ultralight in .338-06 for under $1k, and, I can download it to the .338 Federal ballistics if I want. I guess I'll just have to make room in the safe for another weapon.

    I don't believe the .338 Federal is going to be around, any more than the .338-06. Sako and Tikka have dropped it, all that's left is Kimber and Ruger.

    Still, I sure like the numbers.

    Bob
     
  12. Grizzly_A

    Grizzly_A Portland Metro Area Member

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    Wow....I knew I didn't like Weatherby for some reason.

    Get a Savage Action (since you're making room for another rifle anyway) and then buy barrels to your hearts content. Then you can change them to your hearts content.
     
  13. tionico

    tionico Thurston County Well-Known Member

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    I've seen a number of .338 Federal long guns (including Weatherby Mk V) on Gunbroker and AuctionArms of late... I was looking for .338 win mag, and they kept cluttering my searches. Seems they were in the $600 range..... a few Sako and Tikka guns as well.... not to mention the more common Remmies, Marlins, etc......

    I'd think you could get a complete used but very fine weapon in .338 Fed for the cost of a barrel alone... then sell the .308 to me........
     
  14. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    Maybe he wants a nice smooth action, not a clunky Savage.;)
     
  15. Grizzly_A

    Grizzly_A Portland Metro Area Member

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    Ha! Now that's funny! Some people don't like the fact that those clunky cheap Savage rifles shoot better than their expensive guns. If you haven't looked at Savage recently, they might change your mind. If you have...well sorry.

    As they say in high school "SCOREBOARD!"

    Savage Factory Rifles Win 14 Medals in World Championships

    Darn clunky things....must be really lucky OR guys.
     
  16. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    I was just being a smart axx, I've really got nothing against Savage.:thumbup:
     
  17. Grizzly_A

    Grizzly_A Portland Metro Area Member

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    no worries...everyone has a preference, as long as they are objective about the other options available.
     
  18. rodell

    rodell Newcastle, WA Active Member

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    I have been continuing my research. I'm looking at a rebore and setback for about $400. I haven't decided to go ahead just yet, I'm concerned I'll have nothing but junk when I'm done in the accuracy department. I have to trust the rebore people (there are a lot of them, it turns out) to do all the work.

    It seems reboring is commonly done, particularly for older and shot-out barrels. I've never been able to shoot just one weapon enough to shoot it out!

    The .338 Fed's that are listed on the auction sites are usually Tikka's. I'd really like the Sako if I can't do the W.

    Bob
     
  19. Grizzly_A

    Grizzly_A Portland Metro Area Member

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    Good luck! I'm very interested in your project. Let us know if you decide to get it done and how the results turn out!
     
  20. Buano

    Buano NC Member

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    OK, I'll ask the stupid question, what are the advantages of the .338 Federal? I don't see many, other than it fits a .308 action. I see it as a severely underpowered .338. The only game this seems optimal for would be pigs as these are normally shot very close but need a heavy bullet to guarantee penetration.