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Old September 4, 2010, 12:43 AM   #1
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"Cost of Ownership" 338 Lapua and 300 Win Mag

Curious about cost per round to reload 338 Lapua vs say 300 Win Mag.
One of those if/will I ever own one, things.
Getting into reloading rifle .308 (only been reloading pistol til now).

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Old September 5, 2010, 07:24 PM   #2
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This isn't exact but generally when I looked into getting a gun.

338 L
2 bucks a piece for brass (lasts a long time)
1 buck for a quality bullet
Primers depend on where you are at in the country
Powder also depends on where you are at.

300 win mag
30 bucks for a box of 50 (amax)
44 bucks for 50
primers and powder same as above.

The Lapua is expensive in every way, expensive rifle,need a quality scope to maximize the gun. The 300 win mag can be just as expensive but can be made a bit cheaper.

Unless you plan on shooting over 2000 yards I would get the 300 win mag. That's what I did and haven't looked back got hits to mile. The 300 win mag "Can" hit 2000 mark but the 338L will do it.

308 can be reloaded cheap you can get cheap military pulled bullets or a bit more expensive quality bullets. I don't know your purpose but I might be able to help you from there.
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Old September 5, 2010, 08:02 PM   #3
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Believe it or not, it is cheaper to buy and load for a 50 BMG than it is for a 338 Lapua. Anyways, look up componant prices, and use this http://www.handloads.com/calc/loadingCosts.asp to figure the prices to reload each.
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Old September 5, 2010, 10:07 PM   #4
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Lapua 250gr or 300gr .338LM match bullets can be had for $0.59 and $0.62 respectively.

The .338 uses about 90gr powder while the .330WM uses about 80.

Barrel life is similar.
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Old September 5, 2010, 11:24 PM   #5
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http://handloads.com/calc/loadingCosts.asp


As already posted, the cost calculator gives a pretty good idea of the cost per round, so you can compare different cases, bullets, powder, etc.

If I like the gun/caliber, the cost to reload isn't such a big issue for me, but I do use the cost calculator every once in a while just to see what it is actually costing me, versus my estimated costs.
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Old February 4, 2011, 02:06 PM   #6
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I was told there would be math

thanks for the calculator but couldn't get it to work
with "0" cost for brass (since it's not a factor for subsequent reloads).

So had to break out the small calculator.

All prices are from Midway (non-sale) catalog.

Brass (lapua) $2.62/round
Bullet (Lapua 250g lock base) .69/round
Powder (Alliant 1 lb 85 gr load) .26/round
Primer (magnum rifle) .35/round
Sound of big boom: priceless

So $3.92/round for first load. Minus the brass cost for
the following reloads....carry the one....$1.30.



Cost of course depends on sales and quantities buy.
Of course you don't buy a Ferrari and complain about how much gas it uses.
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Old February 4, 2011, 02:09 PM   #7
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You really want the 300 RUM anyway, no dealing with belted brass
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Old February 4, 2011, 02:09 PM   #8
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Thanks for the help guys.
Sorry for bringing up this old thread and for thinking out loud.
Passed by the store yesterday for incidentals and saw the Savage 110 on the rack and the old "itch" came back.
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Old February 4, 2011, 02:10 PM   #9
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7RM or 7WSM, FTW. Other than bullet mass it rivals .338LM performance at 1500 yards.
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Old February 4, 2011, 04:35 PM   #10
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I guess the kicker here is the brass life of the .338 Lap.
Is any shorter or longer vs the other calibers mentioned so far?
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