OK, so I've been idly musing.
I bought a small number of raffle tickets at this years H4H shoot, and one of the prizes was a re-barrel job by Jagre SA.
So I was wondering, as one might, what I would do if won said prize - which got me to thinking what, if any, other calibres I'd consider turning my rifle into. It is a Rem 700 in 308, and therefore doesn't need to be turned into anything. I like the idea of being able to confidently shoot boar at some point in my life, and therefore wouldn't want to go down in calibre to 243, and probably not down to .25, 6.5mm or 7mm (though they all are excellent rounds I am sure) - so I got to thinking what about up in calibre?
A very small amount of research (i.e. turning over a few pages of my Lee reloading manual and about 25 seconds of googlepedia) identified the 338 Federal. The more I read the more interested I became. So I searched on here a little and it looks as though although people have heard of them, there don't seem to be many, or even any active in the UK. But it looks like it should be about perfect for 99% of UK stalking (I am thinking manageable recoil, wide wound channels and minimal meat damage).
OK, after 300yds it looks as though it is starting to run out of breath quite sharply - but who is responsibly deer stalking at that range? And OK too, I can imagine that it's probably not the best thing to use to destroy an ad-hoc fox you might see. I'm no expert but I'd assume that most 338 bullets are probably a bit tough to really expand much on something as small as a fox?
But yes, if ever I re-barrel my humble 308, if I can do it for sensible money I'd have a good go at trying to get it turned into a 338 Fed. Can anyone think of any compelling reasons why this would be a bad idea?
The main two I have already considered are:
1) supply of ammunition - almost certainly restricting UK shooters to home loaded ammunition
2) unwillingness of Police FLDs to grant such a "terrifyingly huge" calibre for mere deer stalking
PS - I do realise that James' extremely generous prize probably wouldn't have actually stretched to such a re-barrel job, for one thing I can't see that Bergara actually make 338 barrel - it's just what got me thinking.
PPS - I don't have any realistic expectation of actually doing this inside the next 24 months if ever - but you know how it is, now that I know about it I want one!