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What caliber do you guy's recomend???

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Unread 01-28-2004, 09:29 PM
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Re: What caliber do you guy\'s recomend???

[img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] I'm thinking 338 Lapua with a brake looks pretty darned good right now. [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img]
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Unread 01-28-2004, 10:54 PM
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lazzeroni brass is terrible-especisally for the price-my-2 dave
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Unread 01-29-2004, 12:19 AM
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Danny, 300 fps is pushing it with the 300 smk and 338 lapua. That bullet is deadly accurate around 2650 fps (1/4") on the standard Lapua. That was with a 26" barrel. With the 338 Lapua you don't get more than 15-20 fps per inch of barrel added past that. I don't know anything about the AI Lapua, but I can't imagine a 300+ fps increase.

Pushing the velocity decreases the accuracy. This is not a flat shooter but a dead on balls accurate shooter.

I used to be a velocity freak, until my buddy set me straight.
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Unread 01-29-2004, 12:22 AM
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Re: What caliber do you guy\'s recomend???

The rifles you mentioned are more like 1300-1500 yard rifles. If all you want to do is shoot 500-600 yards consider any of the 6.5's or 308 or 300 WSM. No need to burn expensive powder and tenderize your shoulder if you dont want to shoot over 600 yards. Unless your shooting grizzlies or elk. Or unless you just desire something big!

[ 01-28-2004: Message edited by: meichele ]
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Unread 02-02-2004, 04:23 PM
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Re: What caliber do you guy\'s recomend???

Thanks for your replies. Anybody have experence with/knowledge of the Dakota or A-Square (Excaliber) brass/cartriges??

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Unread 02-02-2004, 05:10 PM
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Welcome to Long Range Hunting.

Do a search on 338 lapua on this site and you should find a lot of older data. Also post a new thread in Long Range or Ultra Long Range Hunting about your quest.

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Unread 02-03-2004, 02:10 AM
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The Dakota's are Jeffery cases trimmed to about 2.5" for a COL of ~3.34", and have a bit more power than the Win Mag. The Excaliber and Pegasus, I think it is, are made on basically improved Rigby dimensions, or beltless Whetherby cases, you might say.
I do believe they are kept to OL of 3.6", but might be ~3.75". Either way, they're screamers, but for the money I'd do it on a Ribgy case if going long mag, and Lapua if staying within 3.6" COL.
With that large a case, I'd get at least a 28" bbl, and seriously consider much longer.

As for the Lapua AI, it doesn't look to me like you can even really get your money's worth in the straight Lapua Mag with less than 28" bbl, so there's no use in making more muzzle blast. In fact, with 26" tube, I'd take a RUM/404 case unless shooting heavier than 250g regularly. (Or 210 for .308".)
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