Types of .338 Lapua Ammo


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jmmsid
March 2, 2006, 12:54 AM
I am brand new to THR. I have been reading for a couple of days and this seems to be a really knowledgeable group of people.

I am currently deciding what type of long-range rifle to purchase. I am looking at rifles chambered in .338 Lapua Mag. My other option that Iím looking at is the bolt-action .50BMG rifles. I really do like the Lapua, but there does not seem to be much ammunition out there for it especially when it comes to the fun rounds like AP and API that are available for the .50. Does anyone know what types of loads are available for the .338 and who makes them and of course were to get them?

Thanks for the help

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KIDGLOCK
March 2, 2006, 01:08 PM
Your best bet is to handload for the .338 LM. Factory stuff is 80 bucks a 20. Your not going to find any AP,API for the 338.
There are also 2 types of brass ,Lapua brass uses a 45-70 shell holder ,Norma brass (IE.Black Hills ammo) uses another size .
I've got a load that is going 2960 + fps with a ES of 12 and a SD 0f 5 .
This is 200 fps faster than factory rounds (250 grn. Secanar).

good luck .

jmmsid
March 4, 2006, 09:26 PM
thank you for the info glock...as far as the reloading..I have no idea what you just said...I am not a reloader so the technical end of it escapes me. I emailed a couple of companies that stock the .338 AP round. The said that they could not sell it to anybody exept Military/Law enforcment do to a restriction by the manufacturer.

retnav05
March 4, 2006, 09:59 PM
Talk about overbore! How about a .340 Weatherby? Probably a whole lot cheaper of a proposition.

dfaugh
March 5, 2006, 07:57 AM
I, too, want a .338 LM when I can afford it (although that may be a ways off)...But the ammo choices are basically very expensive factory ammo, or handload (which is what I will do)....Really isna' any in-between with this cartridge.

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