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Old May 7, 2013, 04:46 PM   #1
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338 lapua has any one shot this round

Has anyone ever shot the 338 lapua ?
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Old May 7, 2013, 06:43 PM   #2
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Yes, many people have, myself included. Is there anything specific you'd like to know about it?
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Old May 8, 2013, 07:58 PM   #3
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Yes.

Quite thumpy with heavy bullets and full power loads.
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Old May 8, 2013, 08:47 PM   #4
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They are a beast at long range.
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Old May 8, 2013, 10:58 PM   #5
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With a good muzzle brake, there is less recoil than a .300 winmag....
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Old May 8, 2013, 11:16 PM   #6
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Re: 338 lapua has any one shot this round

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With a good muzzle brake, there is less recoil than a .300 winmag....
With a good muzzle brake they are closer to a .308 Win. More than manageable.
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Old May 8, 2013, 11:21 PM   #7
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Re: 338 lapua has any one shot this round

Yes.. theyre awesome. I thoroughly enjoy shooting my .308 at 1000 meters but that .338 shoots consistently at that range and its more fun to shoot at 1500 meters... enjoy buddy, its awesome.
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Old May 8, 2013, 11:33 PM   #8
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Don't forget, fellas, the recoil the .338 Lap Mag has that makes it very hard to shoot accurately when fired off ones shoulder happens before the bullet clears the muzzle and a external brake will then reduce the remaining 90% of the recoil. By the time that muzzle brake reduces felt recoil, the bullet's already many, many yards down range.

It's the recoil while the bullet goes down the barrel that moves the barrel off where it pointed when the primer flashed and started burning the powder. That much recoil is hard to manage exactly the same for each shot.

Few people can manage the recoil of a 13 pound .22 rimfire match rifle and shoot no worse than 1 MOA at 50 yards. That recoil during the time the bullet goes down its barrel lasts 3 times as long as most centerfire rifles. Doesn't matter that it kicks a whole lot less than a .338 Lap Mag; people have a hard time holding perfectly still for 3 to 4 thousandths of a second while that 40 grain bullet goes down and out the barrel. That darned pulse beat pumping blood into our muscles makes them swell and shrink a bit 60 to 100 times a minute and that's transferred to the rifle we're holding.

Why do you think the 6.5x.284's popular for replacing the 30 caliber magnums formerly the favorite on long range matches fired slung up in prone? Barrel time recoil.
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Old May 8, 2013, 11:46 PM   #9
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Re: 338 lapua has any one shot this round

I never said that I shot it accurately, Bart
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Old May 8, 2013, 11:53 PM   #10
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I am frequently around folks shooting 338 Lapua rifles with muzzle brakes. They all claim that the recoil is easily manageable - - - - for them.
What is difficult is the intense muzzle blast to the shooters on each side of the .338. It is ferocious and unpleasant. Not as bad of course as being on the receiving end of a .338, but even with ear plugs and high quality ear muffs, the noise level is nasty and the blast is actually physical.

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Old May 9, 2013, 05:45 PM   #11
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Longest confirmed kill was with a .338 lapua mag. 2,707 yards

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Old May 9, 2013, 10:33 PM   #12
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If you decide to get a .338 Lapua, I would recommend a Schmidt and Bender PMII scope, your choice of reticle.
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Old May 10, 2013, 07:56 AM   #13
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The one I shot did NOT have a muzzle brake. After the first shot I wished it did, after the second shot I said no more...
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Old May 18, 2013, 05:58 PM   #14
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The Remmington 700 police with a muzzle brake is has recoil less than an equal rifle in 308 / 30-06 without a muzzle brake. I really like the 338 lapua in a heavy rifle with a muzzle brake.
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Old May 18, 2013, 07:11 PM   #15
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I have an AR-30 in one. I love it for punching paper. It would be good for shooting Elk at 1000 yards. Other than that its just fun to have.
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