Re: 338 Norma Review By Ward W. Brien
St. Marks Powders (General Dynamics) performed the Tests. The .338 Lapua's Throat Begins to show Erosion at 700 rounds. The .338 Norma's Throat begins to show erosion at 1,700 - 1,800 rounds. This is a Fact.
So, if you are stating that the .338 Lapua's barrel life is estimated to be a minimum of 4,000 rounds, then the .338 Norma's would be 10,000. The Norma's 10,000 round estimate is in-line with the Marine Corps 11,000 life span for the .308 Win.
Accuracy is non-contested. Most everyone, in fact everyone I know that owns the .338 Norma experiences 3X's the accuracy than the Lapua at 1,500 Meters. I can also personally testify to you that the .338 Norma is 3X's more accurate at 1 mile than the Lapua.
I desire to shoot the better performing cartridge, and without question it is the .338 Norma.