How is the Savage 338 Lapua doing?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by WEATHERBY460, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. WEATHERBY460

    WEATHERBY460 Well-Known Member

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    How are people liking the Savage 338 Lapua model. I am thinking about getting one. How bad is the kick? How accurate is it. Thanks
     
  2. Log Hog

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    I got one Tuesday had a made a few test loads and had a scope on it wed morning and shooting it wed morning. Its kick is not to bad but I'm a big boy. I was only able to get 18 rnds down range to a 100 yds Still in test mode and still breaking in the gun. Took it out to a shoot this weekend and shot it @ 600 and 880. Shooting my unstudied 300 SMK with 82 grains of N165 @ about 2500 fps I was able to crawl my load down to the 600 with in a foot of dead center and @ the 880 about 18ish inches. I was happy only having 21 rounds in it. I will keep u in touch.
     

  3. nitrousmudbogger

    nitrousmudbogger Well-Known Member

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    There is an article in guns magazine on it and Noreen ulr june issue
     
  4. Fessw

    Fessw New Member

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    It does not kick bad at all and I shot a 4 round group at 100 yds and covered them up with a dime using Hornaday 250 grain BTHP.gun)
     
  5. orch

    orch Well-Known Member

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    Hey there,

    I've had mine for about a year and am really happy with it...

    110ba
    300 grain Sierra mk's
    89.2gr retumbo
    Lapua brass
    CCI magnum primers
    OAL 3.714"
    Around 2780 fps

    I have shot some three shot groups at 1030yards that are just over 1/4 MOA and 5 shot groups under 1/2 MOA.... I haven't done too many group shots under that simply because I don't see the point.... I am striving more for first round hits at 1000+ yards so I've been doing most of my load work up at that range.
    As far as recoil, it is a pleasure to shoot and kicks about the same as my 308.

    Orch
     
  6. Fessw

    Fessw New Member

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    Thanks Orch, I would like to talk with you sometime if that is ok.gun)
     
  7. orch

    orch Well-Known Member

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    No problem Fessw, any questions just fire away....

    Orch
     
  8. bman73

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    I have had my 110 BA for about a month or so now and have 100 rounds through it now. Work and a hunting trip have kept me away from the range for a while now. The accuracy out of the box was astounding. Never expected it to be as good as it is brand new. Have only shot it out to 230 yrds so far but it just makes pretty much one hole 2 calibers wide at 100 and maybe 3 wide at 230. As fae as recoil it is pretty much nothing. I am 6'1 and 205lbs so that may have something to do with it but my brother in law is a fair amount smaller than I and had no problems with it at all. Bottom line............... I love this thing, by far the coolest toy I have ever bought
     
  9. tinman13kup

    tinman13kup Well-Known Member

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    I've had my 110-BA for a few months now, and it's plenty enjoyable to shoot. The recoil is quite manageable, much better than my 700-BDL 30-06. The weight and brake are the biggest factors, but also the downfalls. Offhand is pretty much out of the question, along with bare-ears. Transporting it can be.....well,...challenging. I'm not a golfer, but I got an idea from them. If I can mount some wheels to the side rails, I can use it to wheel cans of ammo, a cooler, and a lazyboy then.:D Bottom line; you might grumble a bit hauling it around, but when it comes down to shooting, you'll be nothing but :cool::D:)
     
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    dariuszczyszczon Well-Known Member

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  11. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

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    The Savage 111 with the Karsten Cheek chambered in .338 Lapua is my latest acquisition.

    Some observations...

    First off, it kicks, I'd compare it to a 12 gage full choked shotgun but a bit sharper. I believe the weight mitigates some of the felt recoil (it's tipping 10.5 pounds) with a Leupold VX3, Warne steel rings and 3 cartridges (2 magazine, 1 chamber) in the firearm.

    The fixed muzzle brake also mitigates some recoil but the blow back or should I say side blow from spent gas is punishing for anyone standing within 10 feet to the side of the firearm when touched off (make sure no bystanders are at the bench adjacent to you if you bench it).

    With the Leupold, the firearm is on the heavy side for treckking. Not looking forward to climbing with it. I'll have to leave some snacks back at the motel/house. The barrel is also an issue. The long barrel isn't a treck through the woods friendly barrel. I can see it getting hung on branches....

    The trigger is wonderful. I have not touched it, nor do I plan on it. It's pulling (according to my Lyman gage) at just under 3 pounds with no discrenable creep or side play. I'm a trigger person and I regularly fiddle with them.

    I'm running PPU 230 grain FMJBT factory loads presently. I sighted the firearm in at 100 yards using a 50 foot slow fire NRA approved pistol target and 5 shots put me in the 10 ring. It also let my shoulder know it's not a .223.....

    This is a hunting firearm not a target shooter so I didn't attempt to group anything, just align the scope to the muzzle for a killing shot.

    I'm used to more asthetically pleasing guns (even though my wife made the comment that the 111 looks handsome), I think it looks 'industrial', which is fine because it will probably get beat up a bit in the woods or out west.

    I like the snot stock for a working gun. Wood is pretty but wood moves and wood requires care. Plastic is basically inert and requires no care. My barrel is assuredly full floated so repeated accuracy will be assured (unlike my Ruger Number 1 300 Weatherby Magnum where the forestock is a PITA).

    Hearing protection is mandatory in the woods or the range. I doubled up (booger plugs and muffs). Booger plugs for the woods assuredly.

    The bolt operates smoothly and I like the 3 position safety. The front swivel stud readily accepts a Harris 2 axis bipod for bench shooting. Too much added weight to lug around however.

    The buttstock comes with a marshmallow butt pad (you'll need it) that seems to mitigate the recoil as well. I suspect that heavier framed shooters will have less 'felt' recoil. I'm of slight stature (less than 180 pounds wet....)

    All in all, it's a fantastic bargain at less than 1300 bucks (minus scope of course). It's a very accurate shooter and Savage is a stone reliable firearm.

    The HS stock will add a couple hundred to the price but I can't see the HS because it adds weight and the comb is flat and unadjustable. The Karsten achieves the same comb (if desired), weighs less and is removable (again, if desired) plus it'a a couple hundred cheaper.

    All in all, a nice working firearm... Industrial in appearance....:D