Rifles chambered in .338 Lapua


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The Grand Inquisitor
March 22, 2005, 01:48 AM
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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Zak Smith
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
3. AR-30

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.

-z

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.

beerslurpy
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.

50 Shooter
March 22, 2005, 12:31 PM
Don't rule out this beauty.

http://dakotaarms.com/cgi-bin/quikstore.cgi?store=&search=yes&detail=yes&product=Longbow&category=Dakota_76_Bolt_Rifles&keywords=&hits_seen=&page=search.html&and=&affiliate_id=&exact_match=yes

sscoyote
March 22, 2005, 08:43 PM
That Dakota Longbow is supposed to be a shooter-- so says Dean Michaelis, author of the 50 Cal. Sniper Book. I guess the most accurate of all he tested

HankL
March 24, 2005, 09:06 AM
Don't leave out the Sako TRG-S. A 7.5 lb. .338 LM is a bunch of fun! :eek:

bogie
March 24, 2005, 09:48 AM
For the money, I'd call McMillan.

Jonathan
March 25, 2005, 12:56 AM
Not many inexpensive factory offerings. You can make one with a CZ as the foundation, and I'd bet a Ruger #1 tropical wouldn't be too much trouble to convert.

The Grand Inquisitor
March 25, 2005, 12:05 PM
In my book; Ruger is out of the question on principle: any company as tirelessly anti-shooter as Ruger will never get my money.

50 Shooter
March 25, 2005, 12:16 PM
Probably one of the most expensive .338 LM rifles you'll see but also one of the coolest/unique.

http://www.edmarms.com/products/m98.htm

rockstar.esq
March 25, 2005, 12:27 PM
I was at the range one day when I came upon a guy shooting a Sako TRG-42 at 1000yds. His group was 2.49"! I don't know if this would impress you, but it sure impresses me.

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