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    .338 Lapua Magnum questions

    I'm thinking about getting a .338 LM. Would just like to ask a few questions.

    How much will it cost to reload?

    How many rounds will I get out of a barrel on average?

    Would prefer buying a second hand rifle as building one doesn't interest me. Or maybe a new factory.

    I just want to get a little more range than my .308, would I be better off getting a .300 win mag? Not really interested in wildcat cartridges.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savage1 View Post
    I'm thinking about getting a .338 LM. Would just like to ask a few questions.

    How much will it cost to reload?

    How many rounds will I get out of a barrel on average?

    Would prefer buying a second hand rifle as building one doesn't interest me. Or maybe a new factory.

    I just want to get a little more range than my .308, would I be better off getting a .300 win mag? Not really interested in wildcat cartridges.

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    I have one number & one word to say, then another three......





















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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi Greg View Post
    I have one number & one word to say, then another three......





















    338 Edge













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    Pros and cons?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savage1 View Post
    Pros and cons?
    Google is your friend

    Very easy/simple/cheapish to build on a Rem 700.
    Inherantly accurate, well all the ones I have built & seen have been/are.
    Very consistant performance.
    300 grains at 2800fps out of a 26", 9-9.25 lb complete rig.
    Tons of horsepower to do the business up close or way out there.
    Fantasic high BC bullets that work very well on game.
    Very managable recoil with a great brake.
    Just neck up 300 Rum brass & you are GTG.

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    I would look at a 284 or 284 Shehane , also look at 7mmRM , 300WM , then last the 338LM , price out the brass , bullets , primers & powder cost , then look at barrel life .

    IF I wanted a bit more thana 308 , I would take a long hard look at the 7mm & 30 cal before the 338 , as the smaller cals , will cost you less to run than say the 338LM .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisF View Post
    I would look at a 284 or 284 Shehane , also look at 7mmRM , 300WM , then last the 338LM , price out the brass , bullets , primers & powder cost , then look at barrel life .

    IF I wanted a bit more thana 308 , I would take a long hard look at the 7mm & 30 cal before the 338 , as the smaller cals , will cost you less to run than say the 338LM .

    Later Chris
    Yeah I was kinda thinking it was a hell of a jump. 300 win mag is looking good, I'm just not sure how much of an advantage it holds over the .308.

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    What is your intended purpose for the rifle , long range targets or animals (and what would your max range be) does it need to be carried far, will it be fired much (eg target days etc or strictly a hunting rifle)? Be able to be a bit more objective in your choices if you look at its purpose (or you can just buy for the cool factor)
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    Re: .338 Lapua Magnum questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Savage1 View Post
    Yeah I was kinda thinking it was a hell of a jump. 300 win mag is looking good, I'm just not sure how much of an advantage it holds over the .308.
    About 4-500.fps in 150's a fair bloody advantage

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    Re: .338 Lapua Magnum questions

    This is a cool vid from a guy on the other forum.
    300win with 168amaxs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CrPe...yer_detailpage

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    Quote Originally Posted by horihunter View Post
    What is your intended purpose for the rifle , long range targets or animals (and what would your max range be) does it need to be carried far, will it be fired much (eg target days etc or strictly a hunting rifle)? Be able to be a bit more objective in your choices if you look at its purpose (or you can just buy for the cool factor)
    Not a target rifle, that is what my .308 is mainly used for. I would like it mainly for hunting but would prefer a heavy barrel as I would use it in F class on occasion, I don't mind carrying a bit of weight around when hunting. I would like to take animals at 1000m+. Is the .300 Win Mag capable of this realistically?

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    Also, how would the 7mm practical compare to a .300 Win Mag?

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    Re: .338 Lapua Magnum questions

    Yes it is. But if 1000 is your goal from the start. Then fhe 338 is your choice.

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    Re: .338 Lapua Magnum questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Savage1 View Post
    Also, how would the 7mm practical compare to a .300 Win Mag?
    Like.a.7mm08 to a 308. Same case lighter higher bc pills going faster.

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    Re: .338 Lapua Magnum questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Savage1 View Post
    Not a target rifle, that is what my .308 is mainly used for. I would like it mainly for hunting but would prefer a heavy barrel as I would use it in F class on occasion, I don't mind carrying a bit of weight around when hunting.
    Pretty sure F-Class has an 8mm caliber restriction so i think you will find you won't be allowed a .338. Also a hunting weight .338 will almost certainly have a muzzle break i.e. another bit of kit i don't think you will be allowed to use in F-Class.
    Comfortably carrying a long range rifle round hunting is pretty dependant on the ballance of the rifle. I have a 10lb .260Rem with most of that weight in the barrel/suppressor that i carry hunting but it is not the most comfortable thing to carry. In comparision i have a 10lb .375H&H that is much much nicer to carry.

 

 

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