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may have just screwed myself

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by gjk5, May 2, 2012.

  1. gjk5

    gjk5 Pinche Gringo

    I bought a new rifle and it is most definitely the most expensive round I have ever reloaded.

    Weatherby .30-378 AccuMark, brass is $51/20 (wholesale!), it takes 100+ grains per round and the Barnes boolits ain't cheap.

    I have a local smith lapping and mounting a Zeiss 6.5-20X Conquest and putting a custom turret on it, he already tested it and with a crap shop scope and off the shelf loads it is shooting 1/2".

    He offered to do a full workup and get it hitting from 300 (zero) to 900 with the best load for $300 and then give me the load data.....

    May be worth it with my work schedule to pay him to work it up and then reload my own (considering they are $125/20 for loaded rounds) but not sure. Almost seems like blasphemy.
  2. Hawker Man

    Hawker Man

    Nov 8, 2006
    Yea, I doubt you'll find much of that brass on the ground at the range.

  3. dkf


    Aug 6, 2010
    Well you only live once, might as well enjoy it if you can afford it.:cool:
  4. rbt50


    Mar 16, 2007
    i would work my own loads up,that is the fun part.
    once that is done you go to another calbier
  5. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    Congrats on the new rig. Yep, large exotic calibers are not cheap. I would do my own load workups, but I understand the time issue. My African rig is a custom 404jeffery. Much like the Wby rounds, few manuf, factory ammo is expensive. My rifle has never seen a factory round though. I started from day one working up loads. Factory cost me $85/20 & I can reload it for $25/20 not counting brass. Brass is expensive, about $1 each, but I get really good brass life, more than 6 reloads, still haven't tossed a case.
    Cost to reload would be about the same for the 30-378, under $30/20 not counting brass. If you partial FL size for better headspace, you should get 5x reloads out of the Wby case. It's good brass, but you are running much higher pressures than my 404. Considering the recoil of the big 30 Wby, you might be better off paying someone to do the load workups. I would rather shoot my 404 anyday off a bench than the 30-378.
    Last edited: May 3, 2012
  6. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    Wow and I was *****ing to a buddy yesterday about how expensive it is to load for 30-06.
  7. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    Yeah, once you get away form 06 based rounds, brass gets spendy & once you get above 308, bullets get ridiculous. At $1 each for the 404 bullets, I started sizing down 300gr 44mags for plinking. Softer shooting, good accuracy to 100yds & waaaaay cheaper.:supergrin: Cost to shoot big boomers shouldn't matter, most don't shoot them much, but before my last trip for the buff in my avatar, I was shooting 50rds/m getting ready.
    Last edited: May 3, 2012
  8. tjpet


    May 14, 2001
    Utah-Idaho border
    If you wanna play, you gotta pay.
  9. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    I don't know if I'd be able to stand not doing my own load development.
  10. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    I have only fired a couple 30-378 off a bench, I would rather use Lee equip to reload, it would be more enjoyable. It has a really sharp recoil impulse in hunting wt rifles IMO. I am no wimp @ the recoil rept either. Doing load workups for the 404, I was doing 40-50rds a session from the bench. It probably has a muzzle brake, my 404 does not.:whistling:
  11. Bet its a real barrel burner too. Suggestion, save up for a BIG recoil pad!

    Ever hear the one about the Weatherby 378 mag for sale with one box of 19 out of 20 bullets. For sale cheap.

    Course some people like all that kick!
  12. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    Last fall I helped a friend develop a load for his .300 RUM / no brake. It was asinine.
  13. I'd suggest a silencer to tame that beast. Thunderbeast has one for a 338. Ive seen it on a Sako TRG42 in 338 Lapua.
  14. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    Yeah, & the 30-378 is just that much more pwoder, blast & buck. Kind of like the gals @ Jack's BD party.:supergrin:
    Last edited: May 3, 2012
  15. gjk5

    gjk5 Pinche Gringo

    I know. I am already burning the candle at both ends work wise and am taking several hunting trips this year so the wife is not thrilled, from a time standpoint it makes sense, but it doesn't feel right.

    Recoil is not horrible (for a 180gr pill going 3450:whistling:). It does have a brake and a nice stock and pad (HS Precision)

    I did get my dies in yesterday though!
  16. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

    Apr 14, 2009
    Conifer, CO
    Never shoot anything that is deadly on one end and crippling on the other.