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Jasonís 338-375 Ruger Build
« on: September 18, 2019, 06:54:45 PM »
Life started out as a stainless Savage 116 30.06 in JeffRaines gun safe until February 2019, then I bought it. Not sure what I wanted to do with it at first because Iím not a fan of the 30.06 cartridge. Then after talking Yorke and Jasnt I decided I wanted to build a 338-375 Ruger for my upcoming Moose hunt. Rifle looked something like this.
(Not my photos because I forgot to take one).

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Re: Jasonís 338-375 Ruger Build
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2019, 07:14:26 PM »
Being on a budget I decided to try sourcing all the parts online through all the various resources for gun parts. I sold the Barrel, mag and stock to a fellow member in Vancouver for $100.
The first thing I found for my build was a HS Precision stock of long range shooting, bonus was the 3.850 bottom metal that was on the stock.

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Re: Jasonís 338-375 Ruger Build
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2019, 07:35:02 PM »
I found a X-Caliber 338 1-9 twist 28Ē barrel on another forum. At this point Iím quickly realizing that Iím going away from building a lighter weight hunting rifle  :DOH:

After doing lots of googling about the 338-375 I found a guy selling a PTG reamer and go gauge for $100 I couldnít pass that up even knowing Yorke was going to lend me his.

After the barrel sat on my bench for three months I sent it to a gun builder in the Midwest who threaded it for my Savage small shank, chambered it and threaded the muzzle 5/8x24. And back to my door in less than two weeks. Barrel finished at 27Ē and .790 at the muzzle.
« Last Edit: September 19, 2019, 06:56:35 AM by Jason »

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Re: Jasonís 338-375 Ruger Build
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2019, 07:55:59 PM »
Looking forward to your results
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Re: Jasonís 338-375 Ruger Build
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2019, 09:11:59 PM »
One issue I had to deal with is this action was factory built as a bottom bolt release. I wasnít a fan of this. I was able to source online the sear that is used in the top bolt release actions. Everything else was identical. My biggest issue was that this action did not have the milled flat area to use this sear. So after more google searching I found that other guys would just bend the new sear to fit in between the action and the stock. Iím the type of person who doesnít like to do things half ash. Picture of stock action.

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Re: Jasonís 338-375 Ruger Build
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2019, 09:22:35 PM »
I enlisted the help of a friend to mill out the action to use the new sear/bolt release.

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Re: Jasonís 338-375 Ruger Build
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2019, 07:27:30 AM »
I built a barrel vise and an action wrench. I used my friends lathe to get the holes close to the right size.
The bolt lugs were matched up with action lugs pretty well from the factory. I didn't have much lapping to do to them. After the lapping I polished the lugs.
Next was to assemble and set the head spacing. That was pretty easy for the most part, other than second guessing myself a few times.

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Re: Jasonís 338-375 Ruger Build
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2019, 08:54:58 AM »
As parts continued coming in I was left with the toughest decision of the build, what color to Duracoat the action and barrel? After weeks of adding and subtracting items from my Duracoat cart I settled on Vortex Stealth Shadow. Warne steel scope base, Badger USMC Rings 34mm, MBM Beast 4 port brake.
« Last Edit: September 19, 2019, 11:23:12 AM by Jason »

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Re: Jasonís 338-375 Ruger Build
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2019, 09:55:27 AM »
In order to Duracoat stainless and have it stick well Duracoat advised me to blast it with 120 grit or finer. Off to harbor freight I went and picked up a blast cabinet.
Now how the heck am I going to fit a 36Ē long barreled action in a 30Ē wide cabinet? (Not my picture but same cabinet).

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Re: Jasonís 338-375 Ruger Build
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2019, 10:04:55 AM »
After spending an hour in Home Depot I left with some plumbing parts and an idea I was hoping would work (you wonít find this on google, until now).

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Re: Jasonís 338-375 Ruger Build
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2019, 10:28:37 AM »
Awesome, Thanks for all the pics and details!

How do you like that Steiner?
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The American Soldier and Jesus Christ. One died for your freedom, the other for your soul.

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He trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle.
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Re: Jasonís 338-375 Ruger Build
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2019, 10:40:57 AM »
Awesome, Thanks for all the pics and details!

How do you like that Steiner?
Glass is nice, but I have yet to get out and really use it.
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Re: Jasonís 338-375 Ruger Build
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2019, 10:42:24 AM »
Sand blasting went very well.

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Re: Jasonís 338-375 Ruger Build
« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2019, 11:05:38 AM »
I picked up a threaded bolt handle a tactical knob from. Glades Armory.

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Re: Jasonís 338-375 Ruger Build
« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2019, 11:07:15 AM »
After blasting everything that was to be duracoated now time for the painting. I have never ever painted anything that required spray gun. So I watched a lot of YouTube videos. The Duracoat went on really good. I even surprised myself.

 


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