338 Lapua Mag

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Capt Academy, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. Capt Academy

    Capt Academy Well-Known Member

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    This is my new baby! It's a 338 Lapua Mag that was built by Kirby Allen using the following:

    BAT HR action
    Lilja Raptor Stalker contour 28"
    Small pain killer muzzle break
    Badger M5 CIP DM
    Manner's T-4 stock
    Jewell trigger 2lbs
    NF Ultral light rings
    NF NSX 5.5-22x50
    The rifle weighs right at 10 1/4 lbs with out the scope.

    As can be seen in the photo's, this rifle sure can shoot for being a light weight by large magnums standards! In fact, if I were a better riflemen I am sure it would be much better.

    When I first recieved the rifle it would shoot two bullets touching and the 3rd, a flyer about 1" high. This continued everytime I was out at the range. To ensure it was not shooter error, I had a buddy who is considered one hell of a sniper shoot the rifle. His first two were almost one hole and his 3rd was again 1" high. Everything was rechecked on the rifle and it was discovered that the scope base had become loose. I called Kirby who had me ship to rifle right back to him. To solve the problem, Kirby pinned the rail and added another set up NF rings to make sure the scope would not slip. He test fired the rifle and when it was to his satisfaction, he sent it back to me. I immediately took it to the range and it consistently shot 1/2 MOA. See attached photo's of groups.

    Two days later found me hunting in the boothill of NM for Coues deer. The first day of the hunt I located a decent buck at 764 yards. I entered my data and adjusted my scope and fired. My spotter told me I had just missed it to the right, but my elevation was good. I did not realize the wind was as strong as it was, so I added windage and pulled the trigger. This time the coues deer went down, but that's another story.

    One week later found me in AZ hunting elk. On the last day of the hunt I found a shooter bull and was able to drop him at 180 yards through the cedar trees, not a LR shot by any means, but I was able to test the rifle, which flattened the elk using the 300 SMK.
     

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  2. gcamp54

    gcamp54 Well-Known Member

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    Awesome looking rig. Sounds like you got great service from Kirby. Congrats on your deer and elk.

    Gordon
     
  3. Capt Academy

    Capt Academy Well-Known Member

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    I am very happy with my rifle's performance!!! It's a tack driver at LR.
     
  4. paul2atlo8

    paul2atlo8 Well-Known Member

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    After correction, nice shot on the Coues. Nice looking rifle!:)
     
  5. 300R

    300R Well-Known Member

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    Congrats on the sweet rig,looks great!
     
  6. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    Nice toy:D
     
  7. hoverp

    hoverp Well-Known Member

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    What kind of velocity?
     
  8. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    Nice rig.
     
  9. XMC

    XMC Well-Known Member

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    Very nice rig Capt! and congrats on the hunts as well. You’re giving me the itch to build another one…
     
  10. ltrbuck

    ltrbuck Well-Known Member

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    Very nice looking unit!! Congrats!
     
  11. Capt Academy

    Capt Academy Well-Known Member

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    I am getting 2820 fps with the 300 SMK's and 93 grs of H-1000.

    I agree, I want another!!! This time I would go with another 338 LM with a #7 barrel so I could spot my shots better, however, it may be too heavy to haul up and down the steep mountains! For now, I just focus on my first shot, making it count!