I'm very interested in buying a new Ruger in .338 Win Mag. I am a reloader and would definitely reload for it. Before I jump on one, I'd like to know if any reloaders out there are having any issues when building loads for this particular rifle. Specifically, I know the magazine well on the Ruger 77's seem shorter than other rifles and I don't know yet whether the .338 WM generally likes to be loaded at COAL (3.340) or if longer or shorter works best. My 30.06 goes in both directions depending on the bullet weight, manufacture and type (N.P. TSX, AUB). My Winchester M70 has quite a bit of room in it for me to load long.
I have a friend who has a Ruger 77 in .300 Win Mag. He found out when using the 180 grain Nosler Accubonds that he had to compress them quite a bit just to get them to fit in the magazine well and that was using reloading manual data. He just bought a Remington M700 XCR II and the mag. well on that rifle gives him lots of room to work with that AUB load along with longer bullets and the heavier bullets too.
I'd want the ability to run the full range of 180 thru 250 grain bullets in the .338 and not have any major COAL limitations.
This rifle will be my dedicated high country elk rifle and would be topped with a Leupold 3.5x10.