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700P MLR .338 Lapua on its way

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Unread 07-04-2008, 11:00 PM
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700P MLR .338 Lapua on its way

After researching, calling potential retailers, researching more, and finally finding someone who would put me on a waiting list, a new Rem 700P MLR is on its way to me! ($1,070)

I ordered the Badger 20 MOA base with it, and once I decide on a scope, will get the rings to mount said scope.

I've hunted for almost 3 decades, mosly in the west, with a 7mm-08 and .30-06. I've reloaded for most of these years, and have had Nikon, Sightron, and Tasco (hey, it was a World Class Plus-I liked it!) glass. I have read all sorts of interesting stuff on the 'net regading selection of optics for my new 700P MLR, but a lot of it seems to be dated ( agreed, the basics never go out of style ).

My questions are these - especially for those of you shooting the .338 LM:
1. For longer-range shooting of up to 1000 yds (I will likely work up 250 gr and 300 gr loads for this 1:10 twist tube),
What scope, commonly available today in the <= $ 500 range, would you suggest? I do not want to spend more than that, period. (It's a mental block - I'm Scottish;))

I really like the lifetime warranty (e.g. Nikon) compared to a seemingly lesser warranty (Bushnell?). Yes, I am concerned about longer-term ruggedness, being on the .338 LM. I am now considering the following, given what I have read and can find:

Bushnell Elite 3200 5-15x40 Tactical;
Bushnell Elite 3200 5-15x50;
Nikon Monarch 5-20x44
Nikon Buckmaster 6-18x40 SF BDC

2. What Reticle is best for dual purpose (hunting and long range target)? I am unsure about the MilDot for my uses...

3. From what I read, choices of brass are slim. I do not want Remington brass, which appears to leave either Lapua or Norma. I've read the pros and cons of each (Lapua=stronger; Norma= more consistent).
What brass do you .338 LM reloaders prefer?

Any answers are greatly appreciated as I gather components to complete the rifle and head to the range in a few weeks...

Happy 4th of July!
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Unread 07-05-2008, 12:44 AM
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I only have a couple minutes to reply(ignoring company I have over is never a good thing) so I'll make this short.

You have $500 for optics, skip the Elite 3200 and get a 4200 model. The difference in glass is noticeable. You can get the 4200 6-24X50 Tactical @ good prices from after The Optic Zone and Brunos Shooters supply(you won't find cheaper unless you get an used one or scour ebay). I can't vouch for the Nikon's as I've never used them but they come highly recommended.

Gotta run! Happy 4th everyone, have a great weekend!!

*If Nikon's warranty bests Bushnell's, that's news to myself and many others here.
Poor mans LR rifle=Rem 700P.308/Elite 4200 6-24x50/Millet base/Burris Xtreme rings/Eagle stockpack/Harris 9-13" bipod
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Unread 07-06-2008, 08:16 PM
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I would get a Leupold vx2, 6-18x40 Target, w/fine duplex. They come with target turrets so you can "dial up" to your given range. They run about $450-500. I"ve got several of these scopes on anything from a 25-06 to 300 RUM and never had any problems. Good power range and fine duplex is nice for longer range shooting. Best scope to be had for $500, IMO. Lapua brass is better, by better I mean stronger and more consistent then Norma. Norma IS NOT more consistent then Lapua, at least from everything I've ever read. Good luck with your rifle!
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Unread 07-18-2008, 01:25 AM
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Brass and Scope

I shoot the Lapua mag a lot, but have never used anything but Lapua brass. I found it to be very consistent and durable.

As far as the scope I have several Super Snipers scopes (I know, it sounds stupid) and found them to be accurate and very rugged. I like the turrets even better than the ones on my Leupold Mk4. You can only get them from SWFA, depending one which one you can get them for under $300. The company ships fast and has excellent customer service.

If you are interested I can give you some load data that I have found to be very accurate in my rifle.

For any of you reloaders out there, How many reloads are you getting out of your 338 lapua brass? Mine seems to be holding up almost too well.
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Unread 07-18-2008, 03:17 AM
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I started this game myself a few years ago (2) and I'll give you a little advice as far as optics go.

Do yourself a favor and get a Nightforce, USO, or Schmidt Bender asap. Period!

For $1450 or so you can get an 3.5-15x50 Nightforce NSX and have enough scope to hunt/shoot close or far. Your shooting will be improved with the better resolution and reliable optic and if you purchase it upfront you'll actually save money. Because sooner or later you'll want to upgrade and you might as well do it now at todays costs while our Peso is still worth a little bit.

So in the end the Better optic will save you money because it will allow finer shot placement, saving time in load development and on misses.

Having an repeataable optic that is tough and works well is worth it's weight in gold. It instills confidence and makes one more consistant.

I once used Tascos with BDC cams and stadia lines. Now I'm far along enough to NEED a NF, USO, and SB. Wish I just would have purchased these the first time around instead of spending money on lesser products.

BTW the Lapua brass is fantastic.

I'm just telling you the simple truth, and others used to advise me just the same.
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Unread 07-18-2008, 04:39 AM
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I would suggest the Nikon Monarch for the price range in a 4-16. I don't shoot the LM, but I think if 500 is your limit, this scope will give you the most durability and clear glass for the money. Another opition is the Bushnell 4200, but I know the glass in Nikon has better light transmission.
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Unread 07-18-2008, 09:41 AM
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I can't imagin Norma brass being more consistent than Laupa. I use the Laupa brass and I find it to be VERY consistent.
As to scopes, I have a hard time recomending anything below a Nightforce, but if that's what you are set on then take a close look at the Meopta 4X16 and as allready mentioned the Elite 4200
range it,check the wind, dial in correction, aim and only one shot
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