I've been thinking about getting a rife chambered in .338 Lapua in the future and I was wondering what experiances fellow THR's have with the round. The only rifle I've seriously looked at is the AR-30; I'm familar with the AWP and such made by AI (or is that *used( to be made by...) but if I had 7 large to blow on a rifle I'd blow it on 3 rifles instead of one.
Regardless of all that...experiances?
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March 22, 2005, 01:59 AM
AI is back in business.
Here's the order I'd buy them in:
1. AI ASM338
2. SAKO TRG-42
I've shot the TRG-42. I've shot an AWM300 (the 300WM version of the AI), and I've handled the AR-30. The AR-30 is the cheapest of the bunch by a long shot, but shoots good.
The TRG and the ASM are really top of the line, nothing really better. They are comparable, but I would choose the AI just because it seems tougher and more fieldworthy. The TRG-42 has a chrome-lined bore.
Barrel replacement is done at the user-level with the AI. I don't think that's true with the TRG, and it's definitely not true for the AR-30.
ETA: For any of these, you really need a good scope to take advantage of the ballistics of 338. I'd say to start looking at the Nightforce 5.5-22 or a Leupold MKIV M1 and go up to a USO from there, if you can afford it.
Also consider the cost of shooting. Factory ammo is about $4 per round. Brass is expensive. It's basically the same cost to reload as 50BMG.
March 22, 2005, 02:01 AM
Any Sako/Tikka gun is tops in my book. Tikka especially is huge value for the money. Tack driving accuracy with wonderful bolt smoothness and crisp trigger feel.