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338 lapua vs 338rum vs 300win mag vs 308

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Old 12-21-2010, 09:00 PM
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338 lapua vs 338rum vs 300win mag vs 308

i have been looking to buy a remington 700 police 338lapua but i have seen the price on the ammo and ouch i dont reload currently idont have the time. i've been looking to have more options and would like some input on the 338rum 300rum or the 308. i want something that can go long and also have some punch for hunting but would like to test my limits on long range. looking to purchase withing a week or two. thanks for your input and have a merry christmas and a happy new year everyone.understandable. i like the 338 lapua because of its range and effectiveness, i hunt on a ranch that has whitetail and nilgai. the nilgai are pretty tough to hunt they are very skittish, i have seen them no closer than 500yds hence my interest in these calibers. i am really interested in the lapua, yes ammo is expensive but i dont plan on shooting everyday either. i'm in law enforcement and shiftwork sucks but it was my choice. i would like to really know what would be my best option of caliber, i have found the rem 700 in 338 lapua for$1,150.00 which is in my budget i don't want any custom rifles at the moment since i want to keep it a bit simple. hope this helps yall help me.

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Old 12-21-2010, 09:07 PM
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Re: 338 lapua vs 338rum vs 300win mag vs 308

You need to define you paramiters more, each round you selected is so out classed by the next they are not even close to compairable.
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:21 PM
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Re: 338 lapua vs 338rum vs 300win mag vs 308

Without handloading you are talking some serious money in order to shoot both the 338 Lapua and 338 Ultra....factory rounds are pretty pricey for both. Might be worth thinking about. All of the cases you mentioned can be very accurate but I agree that more specifics needed....about what you want rifle to be capable of.
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:07 PM
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Re: 338 lapua vs 338rum vs 300win mag vs 308

The lapua and 338 RUM are the same performance so take your pick there. The 300 RUM is also a good choice for long range big game. The 308 is accurate at long range but not nearly as good as the others if the wind is blowing. Not good as a long range big game round because it just doesn't have the energy. Either one of the first three and you can kill stuff as far as you can hit it. Barrels will last longer with the 338's.
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:42 PM
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Re: 338 lapua vs 338rum vs 300win mag vs 308

Do you want to kill elk at 1,500 yards, deer at 1,000, elk at 800, or deer at 500 yards? Until we know what range you want to shoot & what power is needed on the target, it's impossible to suggest an "ideal" round.

If you are new to longer range shooting but want enough power to kill at extended ranges I would suggest you narrow your focus to the following: .300 wsm, .300 win, 7MM wsm, .270 wsm, & 7MM Rem. These are not horrendously expensive to shoot, have tolerable recoil, are good hunting rounds for many species, and are chambered in rifles you don't need a second mortgage to buy.
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:53 PM
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Re: 338 lapua vs 338rum vs 300win mag vs 308

You said that you can't get much closer than 500yds. The 338RUM and lapua will do that just fine, with the lapua more of an expensive choice. My choice and this is my opinion, is the 300RUM, if you can only go with factory ammo there is im sure more of a selection. I would say 200gr will get you there. The PSS or the sendero II. I would toss the .308 idea. But if you can manage the price on the lapua ammo, Black Hills has a couple loadings that I know of off the top of my head.
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Old 12-22-2010, 03:53 AM
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Re: 338 lapua vs 338rum vs 300win mag vs 308

Snipercentral.com has HSM .338 LM for $60 a box....not Lapua ammo but gets job done....
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