Re: .338 Lapua Ammo Question
I've owned Dakota Longbow chambered for the .338 Lapua for over a year now and from the start realized that the only way to go with this calibre (and all others in the same class or heavier) is to purchase the components and get into some serious "post-graduate" loading/re-loading yourself. When I first acquired my Longbow I bought a box of factory ammo for it and never looked back after shooting it. It cost $85.00 (20 rds.) and shot like ****! The stuff I load for myself, however, shoots beautifully (as long as I do my job . . . . . which isn't always) and costs about $50.00/20 rds. (if you're factoring in for NEW brass). The thing is, Lapua brass is strong stuff and I've reloaded it for my Longbow 6 times using 250-grain Scenars and 89.5 grains of VV N560. The result is a bullet leaving a 28" barrel at speeds of over 3100 fps (on a summer afternoon outside of Houston, TX). It goes a little slower in cooler climates and at higher altitudes.
[ 09-15-2001: Message edited by: David P. Herne ]