IF you were to build a rifle, a 1200yard capable rifle, would you either go with the 338 win mag, or the 338 Lapua? Considering: 338 winmag 26" barrel 225 accubond ~ 2900fps 250 smk ~ 2800fps 338 Lapua 26" barrel 225 accubond ~ 3200fps(?) 250 smk ~ 3000fps One thing I see here, is the Lapua, it does have superior brass, and ballistics, it still is limited by barrel life. The 338winmag, burning 30 grains less powder, should give it considerably longer life. Am I wrong thinking 4000 rounds? Thats more then 2 barrel changes on the bigger 338 Lapua. Wich will save you $600..? You will have 10" less wind drift at 1200 yards with the Lapua, compard to the win mag. My only grudge against the 338 bore, is lack of cheap plinking ammunition. $1 per round is expensive when you shoot alot!