What would be the most cost effective way to build a .338-06 from a 1903?


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Buckskinner
September 30, 2006, 05:43 PM
I have two sporterized '03s. One is nice the other needs to be transformed into something else.

Can the barrel be rebored to .338?

Or do I have to change the barrel?

If I do rebarrel, how much should I expect to pay?

I've priced a couple online smiths, and it seems like I can't get it done (and finished) for less than $350 or so. Not sure its worth that...

Another option would be to rebarrel/rebore a Ruger M77. Any feedback on that?

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BsChoy
September 30, 2006, 07:35 PM
it would be easier to have it rebarreled. Reboring is not worth it in my opinion. You should be able to do it for the amount specified. It won't be a match chambered rifle but it will shoot the bullets you want it too.

Nhsport
September 30, 2006, 09:26 PM
Don't really know your goal here but I will guess you desire a medium bore rifle without spending a bunch of money.I would guess for hunting?
If you figgure the cost of a new barrel and the labor for a skilled smith to install and chamber it rebuilding the 03 may not be cost effective. Another point to consider is that mounting a scope is going to cost more money (for mounts and the required gunsmith service to drill and tap).Ok we have the gun put together but does this sportised 03 have a stock that will work for your intended use ?
I would consider what a brand new gun (perhaps a Savage ?)or a good used gun would cost you compared to sinking a bunch of cash into the 03? Also consider resale value of the factoey gun vs the rebuilt 03.

Buckskinner
September 30, 2006, 11:54 PM
the '03 already has a scope and stock ready to go. Its a fine shooting .30, I just want a .33 caliber as cheap as I can. It is for hunting...

GooseGestapo
October 1, 2006, 01:27 AM
Your best bet will be to send it to E.R.Shaw.
They will rebarrel it, and can contour the barrel to match the contour of your present barrel eliminating the need to do stockwork.

Their work is First Rate.

I have a .257Roberts that was barreled with a Shaw barrel back in 1984. It has since delivered consistent sub-moa accuracy. Even though I allowed the gun to get thoroughly water soaked in late 1993, and the barrel "sweated" over the summer, and I got some rusting and subsequent pitting in the barrel, it will STILL shoot it's favorite load under 3/4" at 100yds, and occasionaly under 5/8", out shooting all my other rifles.

Last time I priced a rebarreling, they were getting about $240.00 including bluing to match the reciever.

The "cheapest" way to get a .338/06 would be to trade your "Springer" (Sprinfield-sporter), for a Interarms MkX, and obtain a MidwayUSA "Adams & Bennet" barrel in .338/06.
I was able to get the barrel for ~60.00, and Gunsmith charged me $100.00 to install, finish ream/headspace, and Matte blue the entire rifle.

I think that you will really like the .338/06. Magnum power on a "standard" budget. Recoil, muzzle blast, and knock-down are on the order of the .300magnums.

This is one of the few instances that I differ in my opinion from John Barsness (Handloader/Rifle Magazine).

Game performance has been a "notch" above the .30/06 in my experience. Short range performance matches my warm loaded .35Rem loads (impressive). Long range performance has been very gratifying.

Bullet selection is limited for this cartridge for optimum performance. Most of the .338 bullets have been "toughened up" since the release of the .338 RUM, and the various other .338-.340magnums, and may not give the desired expansion on smaller species of big game ie: WhiteTail deer.

A good example of this is Nosler's discontinuing the excellent 180gr Ballistic Tip and replacing it with the much more expensive 180gr Accubond.
I've got a "life-time" supply of some '70's vintage 210gr Nosler Partitions I picked up at a near "steal" as they had been sitting on a shop shelf for 20+years. Got them for the 1973 dealer "cost"!!!
They can keep their $1.00ea Accubonds !!!!

trstafford
October 4, 2006, 12:35 AM
Have you considered the new .338 Hornady. A necked up .308 which would not need to be handloaded only.

Buckskinner
October 4, 2006, 01:03 AM
Wondering if you meant Federal not Hornady? I like the '06 case, have 8 '06 rifles (including 3 M1s) so I have a lot of brass...

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