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It is raining like crazy here today and since I'm stuck inside I've been day dreaming. I have a Ruger No. 1V heavy barrel .22-250 that I have been thinking about sending to JES for a rebore to .38-55 or maybe .338-06. What do you all think?

I have the dies, bullet moulds, and brass for .38-55 already. Plus I have a bolt gun in .22-250. Any body done this or see a problem with the rebore? I guess I'm leaning toward the .38-55.
 

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Great plan, but the 22-250 case is fatter than the 38-55 case. DP
 

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Jes did a 338-06 on a remington 760 for me and it shoots good.If your going to use it for hunting get the 338-06 it is a great cartridge.I aslo have a mauser 98 in 338-06 that I built and shot a 200lb 10 point this last deer hunting season,deer went only 40 yds with a lung shot.The 338-06 is a very effective hunting round and compares to the 35 Whelen but the 338-06 has a better bullet selection.
 

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I really liked the two .338-06 rifles that I had. I hunted one as main rifle for 4-5 years. Foolishly, I traded it away.

I recently purchased a new medium bore, a 9.3 x 62 barrel for my Blaser. My early thinking is that it is going to be a pain to find affordable components for it. The only light bullet I have found, so far, is a 200 or so grain Norma at about almost $2 a pop. I may becomes bullet caster yet, but reluctantly

Back to the .338-06, I loaded Speer 200s, 200 Nosler Partitions, and both Sierra and Woodleigh 250s. Unless you are after something the size of elk, the Speer is plenty of bullet. Nosler 210 will nicely handle elk, and I suspect the Woodleigh would do nicely on moose and large bear. I would not bother with the improved version. Case forming is a snap, just run a tapered neck expander in an '06 case and you are done. Plenty of bullets to choose from these days. Enjoy,
 

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Go to JES Reboring site and look at the possibilities. You want a caliber 375 so you could have a 375 Whelen. I bought one and this June will start pumping cast lead downrange. You could also get a 375 H&H. You can easily download that to 38-55 power or zip it up to the elephant thumper it can be.
So head over to his site. I have 7 barrels has rebored and rifled. Biggest is a caliber .41 He calls a 405 JES (41-444) . He work is excellent and good turnaround time. Good feller to talk to on the phone.
 

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IMHO....I would sell the Ruger #1 (I can't believe I just said that) and either buy a Marlin 38-55 or a donor lever action for the project. A lever gun with an 26"octagon barrel and a good tang sight just feels right in 38-55.
 

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IMHO....I would sell the Ruger #1 (I can't believe I just said that) and either buy a Marlin 38-55 or a donor lever action for the project. A lever gun with an 26"octagon barrel and a good tang sight just feels right in 38-55.
Sell is a four letter word!! I already have a waffle top 336 from 1949 that JES rebored to .38-55. I'm thinking .338-06 or .375 Whelen is the way to go. Elmer would be so proud of me.
 

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Well had I known you already have a 38-55 I would have suggested going to the .35 Whelen. If I were going the .375 route I would go with the .375-338Win Mag or .375 H&H so I had postive head spacing on the belt. Another good choice is the .358 Norma Mag. I owned one for quite a few years. It was just too much rifle for my hunting needs so it got re-homed. The 35 Whelen is just right.
 
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