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Old 02-06-2007, 07:57 PM
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338 winmag or Lapua?

IF you were to build a rifle, a 1200yard capable rifle, would you either go with the 338 win mag, or the 338 Lapua?

Considering:
338 winmag 26" barrel
225 accubond ~ 2900fps
250 smk ~ 2800fps

338 Lapua 26" barrel
225 accubond ~ 3200fps(?)
250 smk ~ 3000fps

One thing I see here, is the Lapua, it does have superior brass, and ballistics, it still is limited by barrel life. The 338winmag, burning 30 grains less powder, should give it considerably longer life. Am I wrong thinking 4000 rounds? Thats more then 2 barrel changes on the bigger 338 Lapua. Wich will save you $600..?

You will have 10" less wind drift at 1200 yards with the Lapua, compard to the win mag.

My only grudge against the 338 bore, is lack of cheap plinking ammunition. $1 per round is expensive when you shoot alot!
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Old 02-06-2007, 08:21 PM
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Re: 338 winmag or Lapua?

4000 rounds is very optimistic for the 338 WM. I think closer to about 1/2 that is more realistic.

If you can afford the LM, that is a far better 1200 yard cartridge. If you cant, then dont sweat it.

You are right, the 338 LM brass is phenominal brass and the LR potential of the cartridge is great indeed. Plan on 1200-1500 rounds +/- of good barrel life with the LM in a good SS barrel.
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Please just answer one very simple question. Why would anyone shooting long range load a low BC , low SD 168 gr offering in a 300 win???????

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Old 02-06-2007, 09:25 PM
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Re: 338 winmag or Lapua?

For a 1200 yard rifle capable of what? for just shooting plinking neither of the two cartridges you mentioned come to mind. If its for hunting the 338 Lapua and 300 Rum
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Old 02-06-2007, 10:41 PM
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Re: 338 winmag or Lapua?

I would go with a 338lapua or edge. I dont care if you want to use it for target practice just expect to be paying more than some cartridges. I got a 338-378imp and you can really tell when you hit a rock at 800yrds. much cooler than the 7mmstw shooting 162gr. amaxes. Although I dont want to try plaing catch with either one. If the big 338 is the one you want buy it. I like the 338win they just aren't my style hence the reason I would go with the lapua.
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Old 02-06-2007, 11:07 PM
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Re: 338 winmag or Lapua?

For 1200 yards in a factory cartridge you are forgetting the 338-378Wby. Why not a 300RUM or 300Wby. Both are solid 1200 yard medicine for paper. My 11 pound 300Wby with a brake is almost recoiless and still has 1300 ft pounds of energy at 1000 yards with 200 grain Accubonds. It's within 150 foot pounds of energy the Lapua has with 225 Accubonds. There are a lot more bullet choices for the .308 bores. Brass is a whole lot easier to buy.
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Old 02-07-2007, 06:59 AM
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Re: 338 winmag or Lapua?

Allright.. its for hunting. Whats the biggest animal you hunt with a long range rifle? Elk? Moose? Sheep?

Is a 30. cal enough for the biggest animals you would hunt? Or, where goes the limmit for choosing a 338 over a 30 caliber?

And I handload!
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Re: 338 winmag or Lapua?

The answer for me is Elk. My rifle is far more capable than I am. Anywhere within my capability to place a killing shot every time the 300Wby or 300RUM are plenty of gun.
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