View Full Version : Final decision.

April 16, 2012, 04:59 PM
I"ve been mulling it over for a lot of years on what to build with my last Brevix magmum action. Its going to be an 1000+ yard rifle. Since the 338 Palma is becoming quite popular, I will build a 338/378. At my age, it will probably be the last one I build. I will go to Lilja for a 30" barrel. The stock is still up in the air, but plenty of time to decide on that while the metal is being done. I will keep everyone informed on the progress. If you wish to chime in with a suggestion or two, please feel free to do so.

April 16, 2012, 07:39 PM
Sounds like fun.
"Your age"... LOL...
Best build a really heavy stick, with a good brake!

Good luck with it. Guess there's something to be said for pushing 300 grains at over 3000 fps :eek:

April 16, 2012, 07:46 PM
It sounds like it will be a very nice rifle...! Please keep us informed on how your build goes,maybe we can see some pictures of it some day....Have fun...:)

April 16, 2012, 08:26 PM
Is it going to be a normal 338/378 Weatherby or are you going with an improved version? I have a friend that has a rifle chambered in tight-necked 338/378 Ackley Improved, named for the 40-degree shoulder configuration of course. He has logged shots that exceed 1400 yds. I've witnessed first hand what it's capable of on a whitetail at about 1200 yds. Keep us updated on the progress.

April 19, 2012, 09:23 AM
Rails are done and bolt face is opened and squared. Lugs are square lapped. Waiting on barrel.

old roper
April 19, 2012, 09:30 AM
Have no suggestion but sound like a nice LR rifle

April 30, 2012, 02:11 PM
UPS came by this morning with a big steel tube. Looks like its time to set up the lathe and get started.

May 3, 2012, 10:30 AM
Barrel has been turned down true to bore, squared to bore, and threads cut.

May 3, 2012, 05:44 PM
When did Brevex make those mauser actions? '60's?

I don't know much about them, other than they're quite rare, prized- and pricey...

Pics please?

May 8, 2012, 12:51 PM
Chamber reamers arrived today.

May 10, 2012, 08:27 AM
Barrel has been chambered and headspace set. Reamers on their way back. Its time to work on the other end and start making a brake.

May 10, 2012, 09:32 AM
Pics please?

+1 pics or it didn't happen...:D:D:D

May 13, 2012, 06:52 PM
Brake completed. Now for the many hours of polishing metal. Richards microfit wildcat in exh grade carlo walnut ordered. Should be about 6 weeks. Contemplating Zeiss Conquest 6.5-20x50.

May 14, 2012, 12:43 AM
Now this is getting interesting!!! More details!!

And pics would be a plus...you know not being pushy or anything!! :D

Wish I had the skills to do that myself!

May 14, 2012, 06:23 AM
Subscribing! Sounds like a great build.

May 14, 2012, 06:40 AM
I've heard a lot of very positive reviews on the Zeiss- great value for the $$.

Do you need to use "traditional" ring mounts on a Mauser action, or are there single-piece down-angle Weaver or picatinny style bases for long range?

May 14, 2012, 07:40 AM
Very nice built, but for the kind of shooting you're planing I'd go with a real target scope like a Nightforce, something with zero stop and parallax adjustment. The conquests are nice hunting scopes, set once, leave alone.

May 14, 2012, 07:50 AM
I hope you see your stock in six weeks, I've found Richard's terribly slow to deliver. I won't order anything from them that isn't on their current closeout / bargain list.

May 14, 2012, 12:41 PM
The 6.5-20x50 conquest has turret style adjustment for elevation and windage plus A/O. The action was drilled for weaver bases and installed many years ago. I am still shopping for scopes though but so far the conquest is winning.

I still have a lot of hours to do on the polishing wheels, but it is coming along. Finished barrel length is just under 30" without brake. The brake adds another 4". By the time the stock arrives, the rest of the rifle should be blued (like the old S&W high grade pistols).

May 17, 2012, 10:00 AM
Alright sc928porche, lets see some photos of that barreled action. Sound like your set up to do the work, interested in doing another one?:)

May 17, 2012, 10:54 PM
Medium and fine polishing of metal done.........looks like chrome. Installed a new buffing wheel and will do final buffing tomorrow after cleaning hot tanks and adding salts to blueing tank. Ordered Harris Bi-Pod today.

May 20, 2012, 09:16 PM
Parts are blued, rinsed, and soaking in warm oil. Will remove in a couple of days.

May 26, 2012, 10:02 AM
Ordered Zeiss Conquest 6.5-20x50 #43 reticle (mil dot) Should be here in a few days.

May 26, 2012, 01:28 PM
I'm familiar with the .338 LM, .338 WM, and .338 Edge, .338 Allen Mag...
Never heard of .338 Palma... info?

If I read the specs right, there's 45 minutes of elevation adjustment on the Zeiss which (if correct) surprises me as being very light for a long range scope. Granted, your drop is going to be amazingly small compared to more mortal rounds, but still over 50 minutes at 1500 yards.

Will the Zeiss suffice without a down angle base?

June 4, 2012, 08:48 AM
Scope and bi pod are here. Impressed with the quality of the glass. Low and High magnification very clear. Waiting on stock from Richards.

June 27, 2012, 03:11 PM
UPS delivered stock this morning. Beautiful well figured walnut and no flaws. Action is a bit tight but correct. Barrel channel will have to be opened up to match taper of barrel. It will take a while, but I will pillar bed and then bed the action to front of chamber area.

July 2, 2012, 05:11 PM
stock has been inletted and pillars have been installed. Will let steel/slow epoxy mix set for a couple of days and then will bed to front of chamber area of barrel.

I use fresh clean shavings from brake drums or rotors to mix with epoxy. Small slow cuts provide an almost powder. Then mix with slow curing epoxy until a thick putty consistency is achieved. Makes for an extremely hard and solid material that can be molded.

July 2, 2012, 05:21 PM
Good idea.
No drum rotors (or lathe) here...I use West System #420 Aluminum Powder

July 4, 2012, 10:46 AM
Applied bedding material to stock and pulled down snug with floor plate and screws. Cleaned up excess and removed masking tape from edges of stock.

BTW. For "modeling clay" to protect areas you don't want filled, you can go to hobby store or you can make your own using vegetable oil and flower. Do not use water or mixture will dry, shrink, and crack. Be sure to mix thoroughly. Start thin and thicken by adding flower a little bit at a time until mixture is that of clay. It won't take much oil.

July 7, 2012, 09:04 AM
Bedding complete. Will start sanding with 400 grit and then 600 and finally with 1200. Will mask and spray clear enamel on inside of stock and then Tru-Oil outside. 4 thin coats should do it with 0000 steel wool between coats.

July 9, 2012, 04:02 PM
Inside of stock is sealed. 400 and 600 grit sanding is done and now starting with 1200. Using surgical gloves to keep oils from hands off of wood.

July 9, 2012, 05:25 PM
porche man I think I'll speak freely,,,,, I don't think your are building anything.:eek: And if it meant that much to someone it seems to me they would take pictures,(and post them here) and document their trials and tribulations.:rolleyes: What I have gotten from this thread is only one mans recipe for do-it-hiself, "play-by-play" kind of script..... Thanks for the blow-by-blow commentations, but I'm ready for some dang photo's, even if it's just a picture of A HORSE! (it's all monotone conundrums).:p