Hello everybody! Christmas greetings from Finland!
I was a good shot on the rk-62 in the army, and did a bit of shooting on our (back in my national service 'tour' of 1990-91), I was let to try the then basic sniper rifle of 7.62x54mm. Now they have Lapua338 and a .50cal too...
I'm a member of Helsinki Shooting Club, but a city boy, cannot get a rifle licence unless you are a hunter (that sucks, as I would love to try 500+ meter shooting, but I gotta stick to shooting handguns in a cellar from 25 meters, beats nothing but...)
Anyway, this hasnt stopped me from dreaming from coming to the US for a 'shooting holiday', and I know I can go to the Baltic stated for a hunting holiday, but for me, it's about the accuracy, not shooting down a hansom elk (but I respect hunters, I mean the people who gut and eat the things themselves, trophy only guys are...Well, a bit out of date imho, only imho).
Anyway, I was wondering about the 338, was the lapua338 the fist pill to pack this very caliber???
I have seen more 338s come out, and that's fine, but as I see the Lapua338 is a great round, and even Finnish Elk hunters think that you cannot shoot this huge animal with a Lapua338 from too close, or it will not 'open'... Just goes through, and if it 'aint' a heart or brain shot, then it's bad... So they tend to go for a 308 as the hunting lodge guys usually take you to about 250-300 meter shooting distances if they can... But remember that if you go up into Lappland, well, up there on the opposite hill there are heards of reindeer, and it's intersting to speculate as both are on hillsides with a half mile shallow 'U' shaped contour between you, sometimes when I trekked there, I wondered (If I had that 7.62x54mm now, I wonder If I could make an accurate shot from across that mini valley)?
Anyway, who came up with the 338 first? Anybody???
And please forgive if I do not know some things about jerky chewin', wind sniffin', half mile range while standing up Coyote killing shootin', etiket!
Happy to find you lot, thanks be to google,
p.s. I'm half British, but have always lived here in my 'motherland', (only Russians are supposed to say that, but hey, they are very ok actually now that you dont have to be scared of the red's anymore).
Sorry for the babbling.
Terve! ('Ciao', in Finnish).