Originally Posted by marioq
I am thinking about building a 338 lapua custom. Are you saying that the Savage is just as good out of the box?
It's not bad.... You could add a custom stock but the action/barrel is (in my opinion) pretty good out of the box, especially for the price of admission....
I sighted the scope in at 100 yards. It took 6 shots and the last 2 went down the same hole (factory ammunition). Can't say at 1000 yards but I took a doe at 265 and it tagged her exactly where I aimed at. 1000 yard shots are uncommon here. It was actually 5 shots...read below.....
Because this is a new caliber for me, I have yet to build any loads so I purchased pre-loaded factory made rounds initially.
I started another thread concerning the PPU .338 Lapua/FMJBT. I would not recommend the ammunition to anyone. It's appreciably less expensive than the Lapua loaded rounds (with Scenar projectiles), even less than the Hornady loads. However, I've experienced non-ignition with these rounds. The projectile is accurate enough (appears to be), but, if it don't light off, it's DOA.
I have no confidence in the PPU loads.
I can't imagine how pissed I'd be if I took aim on a trophy buck and touched her off and CLICK went the firing pin and nothing......
At least it was at the range and not in the field. I racked the round 2 times to make sure. The primer is fully indented, the primer is a dud. This is unexcusable, especially in this day and age of quality control.
Numerous calls to PPU have gone unanswered and calles to the retailer, Cabelas, has netted nothing as well.
I have 2 boxes of ammunition that I deem unreliable. Time to pull the projectiles, dump the powder, pop the primers and reload with reliable components.
What I'm saying here is aviod PPU ammunition except for controlled (range) shooting where a dud don't ruin your day or hunt.