338 lapua over 338 mag

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by martyj, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. martyj

    martyj Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2010
    I already have a couple of 338 mags and like them but was thinking about getting a 338 lapua.
    I was wondering if Im really going to gain a whole lot in range.
    thanks marty
  2. SavageShtr

    SavageShtr Well-Known Member

    Jan 25, 2009
    If you are talking about the 338 win mag, then Yes it will gain you a considerable amount of distance. The 338 win mag will lose too much velocity with the heavier pills over the Lapua. A 338 Lapua with the 300gr Bergers will get you to 1500 yards +. Even the 338 RUM will out perform the win mag for distance.. Either one of the two I mentioned are in another class compared to the 338 win mag. Don't get me wrong the win mag is a good close to moderate range heavy hitter but there are much better options available today..
  3. HuntFarther

    HuntFarther Well-Known Member

    Dec 13, 2012
    That is a comparison of a race car and a moped in my eyes. The win mag might get you there but will take alot of effort.
  4. Acelr8

    Acelr8 Member

    Dec 23, 2012
    I own them both but the WM just collects dust now. The flat trajectory of the Lapua allows me to take a shot I would never have previously attempted.
  5. Booney

    Booney Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2008
    338 wm with a 300gr pill is at 2300 fps, 338 Lapua with a 300 gr pill 2800 thats 500 fps thats huge. With both guns zeroed at 300 yard the lapua dropes 227''and has 2084 ft-lbs at 1000 yards. The 338wm drops 351'' and has 1314ft-lbs. I would say thats enough to adds a few yard to your shooting capabilities.