338 lapua and 338 edge ammo cost in Australia

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  1. schwabdog

    schwabdog Well-Known Member

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    So I was going to buy a 300 win mag for long range hunting on BIG samba DEER, but then a friend said he was going to get a 338 Lapua and I was like N-O, and the 300 only JUST dose what I want, out at 800 meters,
    So I’m now looking at may be a 338 edge or a 338 Lapua in APRS Australia
    The thing holding me back is the COST of the ammo; I don’t mind spending $6000 on the rifle.
    So I need Help from an AUSTRALIAN whit experience, what is the cost of 338 edge BRASS and 338 Lapua BRASS.
    And anything ells that may help me
    thank you
     
  2. 375 Sledgehammer

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    338 LM brass is expensive, no bones on that one. The 338 Edge brass is just the 300 Rem Ultra Mag brass necked up, which is ALOT cheaper. Bang for buck, you may be better off with a 338 EDGE.

    APRS won't chamber rifles in 338 LM anymore, if I recall correctly, but they will do 338 EDGE at this stage. I rate their rifles, as I use them.
     

  3. WildRose

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    You might want to consider a .300 RUM or .338Rum. Both will do all you need at that range and be immensely less expensive to feed.
     
  4. schwabdog

    schwabdog Well-Known Member

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    thank you SiR
    are you from Australia
     
  5. 375 Sledgehammer

    375 Sledgehammer Member

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    Yup!
     
  6. schwabdog

    schwabdog Well-Known Member

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    were abouts are you in aus :D
     
  7. verbeena

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    You fellas in the USA dont realise how good you have it.

    In Australia we tend to use many of the same shooting products, but man, by the time the importers bring them in over here the price often doubles.

    Schabdog, the .338 Edge option sounds like the way to go for you mate :)
     
  8. schwabdog

    schwabdog Well-Known Member

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    yes sir.
    Any idea the cost of the 338 edge brass or projectiles in AUS
     
  9. 375 Sledgehammer

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    Last time I checked a box of decent RUM ammo in 300 or 338 was north of $60.00.

    Brass cases are about $1.00 a case for Remington stuff if you look for specials.

    Reloading is the only real way to make this a cost effective solution either way. But bang for buck, I still reckon the Edge is the way to go.

    Its just the price difference in bullets that's between them. And for what its worth, Id rather hit a Sambar with a 338 accubond than a 300 of any weight.
     
  10. schwabdog

    schwabdog Well-Known Member

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    Thank you very much, helped me heaps..
     
  11. barnesuser28

    barnesuser28 Well-Known Member

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    Lapua brass does costs 3x more than RUM brass but it also last 3-4x as long, so the EDGE really isnt any less expensive than the Lapua.
     
  12. 375 Sledgehammer

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    I use once fired .338 Lapua Magnum brass in forming my wildcat, and thus far I've gotten 6 reloads on some real hot loads, so yeah the brass lasts longer.

    We also have Bertram Brass available from over here, which is just as good and a lot cheaper when you buy it from his shed door. I'm picking some of this up in a few weeks to see how it goes in my wildcat.

    So it really depends on what you are looking for. The 338 LM is a STD round so "factory" stuff is available for it over here, the EDGE is a wildcat, as such the dies and such are generally more expensive over here.

    If your builder is 100% APRS then you may be stuck with the Edge, but it'd be worth a call to them to see if they would do a .338LM.

    Either one will ruin a Sambars day at distance if you hit em right.

    Just use a decent bullet on them as the SMK's tend to pencil through unless you trim the nose to expose the hollowpoint. I have to trim the SMK 375's to flatten and expose the nose or they just act like a solid.
     
  13. WildRose

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    Oh I realize it, trust me. I've been there and have some dog clients there. A 750.00 puppy ends up costing them around 5,000.00 by the time we get it to them and they get it out of quarantine.

    I came very close to moving to either Oz or NZ at one time but figured out I'd never be able to afford my additions living there.gun)
     
  14. 375 Sledgehammer

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    Hey schwabdog,

    Just got a msg, ref APRS rifles, they will still do 338LM.

    I say bugger it and build one of them! They have enough components in stock to build a few at the moment.