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    338 lapua magnum

    After my recent range day knocking over the targets at 1800yds ive got magnumitis lol, whats the best affordable very accurate 338lm would you advise me to go for

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    Savage makes an accurate one. I hovered around buying one until I saw the price of brass!! I recently shot a suppressed Remington 700 that was very accurate.~Muir

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    Addendum: I don't know what 338 LAP brass runs for there, but here, even the lowly Hornady variety runs $90/50 cases. Lapua is $249/100 cases. PPU loaded ammo works out cheapest at $49 /20 loaded ctgs. I have eyeballed a 2nd hand Savage in the Trading Post for the longest time. It was traded in by a fellow who couldn't afford to shoot it. Most 2nd hand 338 LAPs have been shot very little for that same reason.~Muir

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    Quote Originally Posted by bewsher500 View Post
    Trg?
    that is an ugly looking thing, not sure how good they are, am going to look at the 338lm long and hard, a mate rekons he can load them for 90 pence not inc the case as he does a bit of wheeling and dealing,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    Addendum: I don't know what 338 LAP brass runs for there, but here, even the lowly Hornady variety runs $90/50 cases. Lapua is $249/100 cases. PPU loaded ammo works out cheapest at $49 /20 loaded ctgs. I have eyeballed a 2nd hand Savage in the Trading Post for the longest time. It was traded in by a fellow who couldn't afford to shoot it. Most 2nd hand 338 LAPs have been shot very little for that same reason.~Muir
    Crikey Muir the guys in this country can only dream of such low prices, and you'r complaining.

    I seem to remember someone complaining that factory ammo usually works out at 5 a round, what would that be in $ U.S.? It's certainly not a cheap gun to run and the other problem that we have is that there are only a few ranges in the whole of the country where you can use rifles in this calibre. I believe one or two people have been granted permission to use this calibre for stalking but they really are the exception to the rule and the number can probably be counted on one hand.


    P.S. if 5 a round that equates to 100 a box which in dollars is $170.
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    Sako TRG42. Mine has the folding skeletal stock.
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    I built myself one 5/6 years ago.

    Surgeon XL action, PacNor tube, Mac A5 and it shot really really well.

    However, even at trade prices, it cost me 2.50 every time I squeezed the trigger.

    94 grains of H1000

    300 grain SMK or lathe turned solids at 1.00 plus each

    Brass was 260 / 100 back then, don't know what it is now.

    90 p a shot, your guy is dreaming.


    Think long and hard


    Its a great calibre to own and shoot, if you have the range beyond 1000 to reach out.

    I ended up selling mine as I shot it rarely, Ive a 375 on my ticket and id happily build one, but cost per shot is the issue...

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    Quote Originally Posted by swarovski View Post
    After my recent range day knocking over the targets at 1800yds ive got magnumitis lol, whats the best affordable very accurate 338lm would you advise me to go for
    A new Sako is on the market in .338. I read the write up in one of our hunting mags. Built for long range shooting. Look at, SAKO 85 Long Range Enjoy.

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    I ran a TRG 42 for a while , splendid rifle with outstanding accuracy out the box but maybe not as robust as the accuracy international 338's but I'm guessing you won't be throwing yourself out of airplanes into combat zones so the TRG will be robust enough ?

    I had riflecraft build me a 300 Remington ultra mag to replace it when the utterly stoopid ban was introduced on the 338 , I'm launching a 208g amax at 3250fps which gets me to a mile before it goes subsonic , I've yet to shoot past a mile to see how the 208 amax behaves through the transonic zone?

    with these large magnum long range calibres you will find that you tend not to shoot massive round counts per session and even lesser calibres if you are loading for extreme range then you will likely be using premium components so cost will be high anyway?

    good luck and let us know how you get on?

    ps , give 22lr a go at 300m + you will learn a lot!
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