.338 Lapua Questions

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Ted308, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Ted308

    Ted308 New Member

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    Hi everyone I am new to the forum and am looking for opinions. So I own a 30-378 wby great rifle and longest shot is 782yds. Needless to say it helped the push into long range hunting. I am now having a custom built .338 Lapua with the guys at Predator Custom Shop. After talking with Jim Ruiz and asking him several questions I pulled the trigger on the build and am now patiently waiting. Has anyone worked with this shop? The gun he is building has a 22 inch barrel with a muzzlebreak, any idea on the recoil I can expect? The gun is being set for the Black Hills 300 grain and my goal is to be able to shoot a mile. Just wanted to get some opinions of what I can expect with this rifle. I am a bowhunter but out my place where we do a lot of game management we have to shoot over 150 does and 100 bucks to meet our numbers so I want to start doing long range to make it more interesting, 300 yds is a walk in the park these days, thanks or your time!
     
  2. Korhil78

    Korhil78 Well-Known Member

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    You are seriously limiting the long range capabilities of the rifle by going with a 22" barrel. I would go with a 26" barrel or more. Just curious but why did you go with 22"?
     

  3. aroshtr

    aroshtr Well-Known Member

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    90+ grains of powder needs more tube than 22". If you are planning on 300 grain bullets I think 26 should be the minimum, with 28 or 30" ideal. I would expect anyone that has experiance with large chamberings such as the Lapua to know this, and strongly suggest a longer barrel.


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  4. Ted308

    Ted308 New Member

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    After reading another thread in here it's my understanding that the loss of performance is minimal. I wanted the shorter barrel for easier use in the field. Jim is a competitor in long range shooting and he is building me a replica of his gun.
     
  5. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    Might as well go with the Norma then.That has less powder and better design for a shorter barrel. I shot 300 otms at 2750 out of a 26'', not a hot load either.
     
  6. snowpro440

    snowpro440 Well-Known Member

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    I would stop that build right now and do a little research at some other shops. That guy cant be serious about a 338 lapua in a 22" barrel . You just lost some needed velocity by shortening the barrel, maybe you meant 1/4 mile or something shorter ?
     
  7. Ted308

    Ted308 New Member

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    I have done a lot of research I do not spend that kind of money without research. Some came form this very forum.

    http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f19/338-lapua-mag-barrel-36200/index5.html

    On Sniper forums this guy comes very well recommended I was wondering if anyone from here has worked with him, he did say long barrels are better but targets up to 1700 meters are well within range of a short barrel lapua.
     
  8. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    Have you looked at product reviews section at top.Specific 338 Norma,by Ward Brian?This relates to what you are doing totally
     
  9. Ted308

    Ted308 New Member

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    Very helpful thank you!