Getting Ready

RL338

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Mar 23, 2017
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I’ve been slowly getting parts ready for my 340 WBY. I dropped the barrel and receiver off late last fall. I’m hoping to have it back by this fall. Nice part he is only 25 miles away. I’m putting on a Krieger HV finished at 28”. This should give my 338 Lapua a run for it’s money. I have some Bertram brass on order which should be here this month. I do have a Crimson Trace Hardline scope laying around that might get swapped onto another rifle.
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DrMike

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Nov 8, 2006
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That should be a cartridge to give your 338 Lapua a run. I have no doubt it will be an excellent build when you are finished. I know that many here will be watching for your work with the rifle.
 

SJB358

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Dec 24, 2006
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That 340 is a hammer buddy. It’s one of the coolest cartridges I’ve never had. I cheesed out with a lil 338 Win.
 

JD338

Range Officer
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Nov 4, 2004
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That's going to be an awesome rifle. The Krieger barrel won't disappoint with both velocity and accuracy.
What bullet are you going to run with?

JD338
 

RL338

Handloader
Mar 23, 2017
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That's going to be an awesome rifle. The Krieger barrel won't disappoint with both velocity and accuracy.
What bullet are you going to run with?

JD338
Krieger is a home state favorite. Wisconsin has some the best barrel makers in my opinion.
As for bullets , I’m sitting on a pile of Nosler 300gr. CCs and Sierra 250gr. GKs.
The 340 will have stiff competition with my 338 Lapua. Last year I picked a box of 300gr. RDFs to compare to the 300gr CCs. These were loaded to the same charge , base to ogive.
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RL338

Handloader
Mar 23, 2017
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Still waiting for the call on barrel action to be done. I got some more pieces to the puzzle.
First the scope , I got a great deal on an Athlon Midas TAC
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Up next my brass finally came (ordered last fall) from Bertram. The stuff looks good , BUT the weights are concerning. They sent 101pcs with 2 being 7+grs apart and the other 99 4.5grs apart. I separated them in 1/2 , 1 box lights and one box heavies. I’ll be more interested in internal capacity after firing.
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Last on todays list , a mix bag of bullets I bought for fire-forming brass.
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The one on the right had me puzzled for a bit. 3 are old Barnes bullets , 1 is a Hornady , and 5th one , the one on the right is a (anyone want to guess) 230gr. Hint they don’t make them anymore.
 

DrMike

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Nov 8, 2006
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I took a lot of game (from whitetail and mule deer to moose and elk) with the Fail Safe. They never let me down.
 

JD338

Range Officer
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Nov 4, 2004
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The Fail Safe is a good bullet. Too bad they don't make them anymore.

JD338
 

xphunter

Handloader
Sep 15, 2005
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Lazzeroni used to have very inconsistent brass.
It didn't show up at groups at distance though-Thanks goodness.
I did slightly outside neck turn (Cleaned it up till I got 2/3's of the neck clean), OAL trim, primer pocket uniform, and flash hole uniform.
This rifle of yours should be a Hammer!
 

jimbires

Handloader
Aug 16, 2011
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most of the guys I shoot with use Athlon scopes , they seem to hold up well . after seeing them being used , I would buy one if it's what I needed .

brass weight means nothing , it's the fired case water capacity that's important . I'd have to do some digging to see if I have my notes on Lapua brand , 338 Lapua brass . I picked out the lightest case , the heaviest case, and maybe 8 or 10 in between . when I capacity tested them it was nothing to worry about . if I sorted by weight I'd have thrown a few of these in the reject bucket . I no longer mess like that with Lapua brass .
 

RL338

Handloader
Mar 23, 2017
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most of the guys I shoot with use Athlon scopes , they seem to hold up well . after seeing them being used , I would buy one if it's what I needed .
I do have several Athlons , and I like them for the value to get. They do track very well and return to zero. Now I did have to send one back , it lost zero and wouldn’t respond to adjustments. It was a Midas BTR and Athlon sent me Midas BTR Gen2 in return. Good people.
 
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