I finally had the opportunity to load some rounds and head to the range.
There is only one word I can find that is appropriate... "WOW !"
The Remmy 700P MLR in .338 Lapua is an absolute DREAM to shoot!
I decided to use the Tubbs Final Finish system (5 different 'coatings' applied to 215 gr. bullets, designed to polish the bore), so loaded up the 10 rounds of each bullet... for 50 total.
I also loaded some 250 gr and 300 gr SMKs just for fun, and took them along.
During my morning visit to the range, shot the 50 Tubbs FF rounds and found the barrel to be much easier to clean after each succesive 'grit' (cannot feel it, but seems to have worked quite well for intended purpose). Now that the barrel had been "Final Finished", I put a few of the 250 gr SMKs downrange, then some of the 300 gr SMKs. I will be getting out soon to the range to do some serious load development, but it seems to prefer the higher loads (close/at max).
After 90 total rounds through the new rifle, best group at 200 yds was with the 250 gr SMKs at 1"; 300 gr SMKs at 1.2". Keep in mind that I was, admittedly, probably not shooting my best after the first 50 rounds, and this was just with some sub-max loads! I will post pictures from the next trip, and give load data then.
As for the experience... I also took my Rem 700CDL .30-06 for recoil comparison. I have to say - the .338, with its factory muzzle brake, was the softer of the two!! However, if you are anywhere other than in the shooter's position, the pressure wave of the .338 is fearsome! - even at 20 yds quartering behind. The Rem .338 LM is heavy enough (big barrel; the pictures are deceiving), has a very good recoil pad, and has the brake... all add up to a fun-to-shoot, no sore shoulder/cheek, rifle!
The Vortex Viper scope performed extremely well for this first day at the range. Clear, plenty of eyebrow clearance, dialed right in and stayed.
Again, I will post more later after my next range day, and include pics and load data!
WOW ! Nice rifle, Remington !!