i have a 30-0-6 rem model 700 bdl 26 in barrel and want to change it to 338 rum is this possible and if so how much money would it cost thank you for your time and any replies the gun is about 9 years old
Base is bigger needing a larger bolt face and the loaded cartridge is .356" longer so I don't know if you have enough bolt throw to feed and extract the longer cartridge. 338 RUM is a real thumper and if it were my gun I'm not sure I would do that to it.
You might want to reconsider and go 338-06 instead, the gun is already set up for it and you only need a new barrel.
First off, do you handload? If not, start a savings account now for factory 338 RUM ammo. Here are some suggestions assuming you handload.
338-06 A Square: 250 grn bullet @ 2550 fps
330-06 Ackley Improved "" @ 2600 fp
All based off the 30-06, same critical dimensions, same bolt face, good choices when '06 barrels get shot out. Rebore to any of these.
The 338 RUM will launch a 250 grain bullet @ 3000 fps using about 100 grains of powder versus about 60 max for any of the other cartridges.
If I had an '06 I'd pick one 338 or 35 versions based off the 30-06. The 35 Whelen has factory ammo available.
The 338 RUM is very different in length and case head size. I'd suspect the rifle itself is markedly different, so much so that a conversion might be impratical. Plus the 338 RUM is much more a long range type round and seen in rifles designed for long range target or hunting.
My old boss when I lived in Utah would scour the pawn shops and buy up all the 700 Magnums (7 Mag, 300 mag, etc) he could find and convert them to 300 RUM. As far as I know he never did a 338 RUM, but it shouldn't be much different.
This conversion was as simple as screwing on the 300 RUM barrel and head spacing it, and I believe he had to make a mod to the magazine box.. I wish I'd had him make me one.
pick up a used magnum bolt and a windowed magazine box and have it rebarreled... i have a 700 switch barrel rig that is a 25/06AI, 30/06 and 338 RUM and it is very accurate with all three cartridges... you will need to open the barrel channel up a bit for the magnum contour but thats no biggie
thanks for the good info guys i do reload and a 30 cal. does not appeal to me i allready have one ultra mag the 375 but i am dead set on the 338 rum for the next one thanks everybody and keep up the replies thanks for your time
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