project 338 lapua

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by ace, Sep 12, 2003.

  1. ace

    ace Member

    Messages:
    8
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2002
    need some input on a new project. want to build a 338 lapua with a 30" barrel. would it be better to use a custom action or use a factory one. i would like the weight to be no more then 20lbs. want to use 300gr. mks. any info will be a big help.
     
  2. mike464

    mike464 Active Member

    Messages:
    40
    Joined:
    May 29, 2003
    I've had 2 338LMs, one on a Sako TRG42 and the other on a 700. Both built by George Gardner at GA Precision. I like the 700 the best due to the m40 stock on it, but Dan Lilja says the action is marginal for the Lapua. The best I've seen is the Prairie Gun Works Timberwolf, they also sell the action separately. Get a Lapua you'll never regret it. mike
     

  3. Brent

    Brent Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,537
    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2001
    It's nice to know George doesn't have a problem doing them on the 700 either. [​IMG]

    It would be better to use a custom action for a few reasons, but the 700 will work fine. You just have to weigh the reasons for both and decide wich fits the bill for you.

    Longer than 32" and I'd choose a custom like BAT. Shorter and considering it has some taper to it, I'd go with the 700 if price was a factor. Quality work and using a quality barrel will produce equal accuracy which ever you choose, IMHO.

    My wifes 30/338 Lapua Imp and my brothers 338/378 Weatherby are both on 700's. He has about $700 into his rifle, not including the action. Note: His stock was a Choate Tactical, and only cost him $130.00 tho.
     
  4. chris matthews

    chris matthews Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    838
    Joined:
    May 14, 2001
    Geoerge don't have a problem with 'em cause I have three on my bench being built now. Another way we build 'em is on the CZ 550 Safari action. I have one with a 30" barrel and it averages around 3/8 MOA. Dave King has one we built on a CZ with a 34" tube.
     
  5. mike464

    mike464 Active Member

    Messages:
    40
    Joined:
    May 29, 2003
    Chris, I bought George's 700 338 LM from him last month, it has Elk Killer written all over it. I spoke to you yesterday about a bolt, it's in the mail fedex. Mike
     
  6. xring01

    xring01 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    68
    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2003
    If anyone wants a AR30 right now. There is one at my local gun shop for $1695...

    I fondled it today.

    let me know if you are interested.
     
  7. Nicholas

    Nicholas Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    469
    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2001
    Mike Miller is selling a custom Sako TRG 42 over on http://www.snipershide.com for $2,500 which is a great deal for what you get.