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Thread: .338 Lapua build... thoughts?

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    .338 Lapua build... thoughts?

    I have a mate who is wanting a .338 Lapua for long range hunting.

    Heís keen on that calibre so Iím not wanting to discuss other calibres as Iíve been there, done that with him so itís gonna be .338 Lapua!

    What Iím wanting to know is of anyone who has done this, what action, barrel, stock was used, pros, cons, who did the build?

    The idea is the build a reasonably lightweight carrying rifle.

    Money for the build is not an issue.

    Iíve been thinking along the lines of a Defiance action, proof research carbon fibre barrel.

    Thoughts?

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    @BRADS had a 338 lapua for sale, serious bit of kit
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    message @camowsm hes your man cheers

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    @camo wsm should be able to help.

    Edit ^^^ what he said
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    Shit, I’d be keeping the moolah in my wallet until you see what these fucktards are going to bring into play in the next wave of firearms law changes. Some indications that big calibre long range rigs are going to be culled. At least that’s what the cops are lobbying for.
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    I agree with chainsaw. Wait for a few months and see what the new proposed legislation is. If put $10 on 50BMG 338 Lapua 416 Barret and a few others being banned in civilian hands.

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    I can't understand the fear about long range hunting rifles - the argument about body armour is not credible. If someone who had the mental failings such that murdering another human was what you were planning, and you are good enough as a shooter to get the results from such a rig - you can pick your impact point and the caliber doesn't matter an iota.

    But, having said that the point is well made - hold off until the paranoid and delusional in Wellington have had their worst out as that will have a large bearing on what you can actually build.

    That being said, I'd have a good look at the range of large diameter bolt-body actions as the Remington and Savage type actions don't have enough diameter to get the best out of the round. Barnard are another option, locally supported which seriously is a very real advantage come parts and service time!
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    338, 416, 50 call etc will be gone within 12 months, mark my words

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    Once it all settles down and he can still do it if look at 338 edge because of the action considerations mentioned above.

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    Barnard / Trueflite & Hardy both offer custom build 338 lap.
    so plenty of local options
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    Camo wsm for sure
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    I've built 2 of them on Sako 995 (TRGs) actions, (1 from .270 and 1 from 25/06) steel aplenty in bolt and action of decent quality, both wound up being 1/2 moa capable. That action if you can get one, was actually designed for the big magnums,(specifically the TRG 338 Lapua) but a bunch got turned into standard actions cause they were available and wanted.

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    As mentioned, high energy magnums above 8mm are seriously in the firing line in the next tranche of arms act amendments.
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    @dogmatix. Why? I don't own one personally but if I were a few years younger I wouldve been keen. Seems to me that owning a fine rifle in 338 etc would be akin to owning a 37kg Tiagra and matched custom rod and boat to go with it. It strikes me as simply striving for more precision at more challenging ranges (or larger and rarer gamefish). Why does govt want to knock back an attempt ay self improvement? Are we going to be destined to have our humanity and evolvement limited by centrally controlled bigotry and edict?
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    I would love one myself.
    But Cahill and the OZ Police advisors have whispered scary thoughts about high energy magnums being able to penetrate armour (body and vehicle) and it’s the perfect opportunity for them to ban everything 338 Lapua upwards.
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