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Old 03-03-2005, 01:47 AM
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.338 M.O.A.G. (mother of all guns) pics and story

I hope I'm posting this in the right spot. It is some pics of bullets, barrel, and some ballistics so it should fit!
Brian B, 7mmrhb, and I have been waiting for the MOAG to come for some time, and it finally came last week. I have been breaking in the barrel and fireforming for it and got to try some different loads for it today finally. It is a .338 Lapua improved tight neck on a BAT 8.5" action. Mcmillan stock, Jewell 2 oz trig, 36" 10 twist 3 groove kreiger barrel. It's about 1.45" diameter at the muzzle. 9" barrel block, and assembled by Bill Shehane. It wears a Leupold/premier 14.5-35x50 scope we had made. It weighs in at a featherlite 52 pounds! The base and rings give it 40 minutes without touching the scope turrets. It is zeroed for 1500 yards! I had a HELL of a time making it come down to shoot through the chrono at 300 yards!

This was the first time firing it with the scope on. I started at 300 for load development. It did pretty well considering the hellacious mirage we had today.

Unfortunately, only myself and 7mmrhb got to shoot it today. Brian was working all day and didn't get time to shoot the gun yet. We are all planning a trip to the range this weekend though. We will run this monster out to 2500 yards hopefully.

Anyway, here are a bunch of pics of the experience today. I hope everyone finds them worth looking at. Enjoy!

This is the range setup for 300 yard testing:


here's a side view:


another view:


Here's 7mmrhb ready to unleash the MOAG:


Who's that ugly dude? Oh, it's me by golly!


Here's the .338 Lapua imp on the left, regular Lapua on right.

The business end:


spotter and gun:


Here's a pic of what my range looks like. This is the 1400 yard spot shooting to that burm that is barely visable below the mountain. THat burm is about 25 feet tall or more!


Here are some 300 grain MK's recovered from the dirt at 300 yards:


Here is a 300 grain MK found at 1400 yards. It didn't hold together as well as it looks. THe core is gone.



Here's a pic of what the 15" gong looks like through my Swaro spotter at 1400 yards:


THis is the resulting groups from the 300 yard line with various loads. Most are 1/3 MOA or slightly larger!


Here's a pic of our gong:


Here is what 36, 300 grain Matchkings can do to a burm! What a hole!



And finally, here is a pic showing how great Coppermelt works. There was 27 shots down the 36" barrel at the time of this cleaning. It took about 15 minutes to rid the barrel of all copper. Great stuff!





I will post more pics of the 2500 yard shoot next week.
good shooting!
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daaaaaaaaamn

I am so jealous [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]

and here I think shooting 600 yards with my .308 is cool. Please keep posting pics!!!! These are great!! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

50 some lbs?!?!?! 2500 yards is a looooooooooooong way off. are you just going for hits on the gong or are you going to see what happens on paper at that yardage?

and here I thought my VLS was a nice rifle [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

if you get bored, you can send me that rifle for a week [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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Snipervls,
Thanks. We usually put up a giant box behind the gong so we can see group size of the ones that miss the gong. Then we measure center to center including the gong hits.

I ran my chart this evening on 6 different programs and 3 said that we can't make it to 2500 with the adjustment in the scope that's left. So we might only get to 2200 yards, but it will be fun none-the-less. I think I will be putting in a call to SLR Harbor for a 200 minute external base in the next few months so we can go from 100 to 3500 yards without switching rings back and forth.


Shipping this bad boy FEDEX costs about $500 bucks round trip, so it ain't leaving Utah/Idaho I'm afraid! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
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Goodgrouper,
Just one word for it: "FANTASTIC"!

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Great setup!! Looks like the meplat needs a bit of a trim (on the one in the photo).
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Goodgrouper,

Good to see ya got that beast up and running. Looks great, but ya have to have your weight belt on to pic the thing up [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]!!

What kind of velocity you getting with the Imp Lapua and the 300 gr Smk?

Let us know how she shoots past 2000 yards. I suspect you will be dropping out of supre sonic velocity around 2050 to 2100 yards. Let us know how that Smk handles the cross over for you.

Ya know if you want the ultimate in ballistics, Wildcat Bullets has a 350 gr ULD RBBT with a B.C. in the .975 range. I just started testing it in my 34.5" barreled Kahn that just happens to look alot like your rifle, and it has shot groups in the .1"s at 100 yards for velocity testing. The Kahn was able to get it up to 2800 fps so I would imaging the Imp Lapua would get it real close to 2700 fps and I am using a 1-10 twist barrel.



The 300 gr bullets are flatter shooting out to 1000 yards and in some cases much farther but wind drift is substantially less then any 300 gr VLD or ULD and that is what I really care about.

Also, when driven to around 2800 fps, it stays super sonic out to 2400 yards or a bit more depending on eleveation.

If your interested contact Richard Graves at:

wildcatbullets@hotmail.com

Good Shooting, great looking rig!!!

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