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Unread 03-02-2009, 10:34 AM
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Re: 300 - 338Lapua

The 30-378 is more gun per-say, the problem was good powders. (few choose's) to fill the case
It holds more powder, So it was hard to utilize the case. even the good 30 cal bullets were not ideal, it just is at the edge of what was avalible for components.

Howard Wolf use to shorten the 30-378 case for his bench rest gun, quite possible before Kirby was even born. "He is a 1K hall of famer" the 30-338 is close to what he shot just modern components. This is my understanding anyway. maybe Kirby knows for sure?

As buffalorancher said, The 30-338 holds less powder.
It has more powder choose's, is more friendly to work with, better brass, etc.

It is a great 30 cal platform, very accurate, now we just need some more bullet choose's like some 230 gn VLD, 250 gn tungson, maybe a few more powders too. LOL

The new components coming out should really make the chambering outstanding. Then maybe we could actually buy loaded rounds, but what fun would that be?

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Unread 03-02-2009, 11:59 AM
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Re: 300 - 338Lapua

the 30-338 has beendiscussed hear since 2002. use the search button and put in "30 Wolf" and about 300-500 posts on it.

As others said, nothing new with this cartridge, but an excellant one.

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Unread 03-02-2009, 03:56 PM
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Re: 300 - 338Lapua

The barrel on my 300 AX is 27 inches. I choose this because it is used a lot hunting from blinds and 30 just seems a little long. As far as velocity or the potential of it, I have no idea how hard I could push it. Kirby got the rifle done just before deer season and I told him to come up with a decent load while accuracy testing so I didn't have to worry about it. It must work since I've killed probably 20 deer with it in 20 shots out to about 900 yards. I may try to get something going this spring but I'm not interested in pushing the limit on this since I have a 6-284 that I've already worn pretty good chasing this and that.
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Unread 03-04-2009, 02:35 AM
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Re: 30 - 338Lapua

Thank you every on for your very useful feedback. Certainly a lot to think about. Will definitely do some more research. Thanks !!

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Unread 03-04-2009, 05:48 AM
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Re: 300 - 338Lapua

Originally Posted by 6BRBB View Post
Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone has any experiance with this cartridge (30 - 338Lapua) i.e. 338Lapua necked down to 30 cal to shoot .308 projectiles in the Berger 210VLD - 240SMK range.

If such a combination could achieve 3000fps with the 240SMK then it would have similar to marginally flatter (?) trajectory than a 300grain .338 projectile doing 2800 fps.

I look forward to hearing others experiances with this combination.


Lapua got the 300 Lapua Magnum, that is a 30-338 LM.


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