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Old August 23rd, 2006, 06:18 AM   #1
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Which rifle in .338 Lapua?

Ok, I'm about to ask a question here for you bolt action gurus. I've been wanting a rifle in .338 Lapua for several years now. It all started when I watched a special on the British Royal Marine snipers and their L115A1 rifles in .338 Lapua. I really like that rifle and you can buy them, but they aren't exactly cheap either. Armalite makes a bolt gun in .338 Lapua which is subtsantially cheaper, but it doesn't have all the features that come with the Accuracy International L115A1. I know you get what you pay for, but does anyone have any experience with either or both and what can you add? I believe there are a few other small companies that will build rifles in .338 Lapua, usually based on a Remington 700 action, but that starts to approach the price level on the Accuracy International! All comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old August 23rd, 2006, 06:51 AM   #2
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The only .338 Lapuas I have shot were an Accuracy International, the Armalite AR-30, a Blaser, and an HD Rifles custom on a Remington 700 action (I have also seen custom Precision .338 Lapuas built on Sako 550 actions).

I didn't shoot any of these side-by-side, and in some cases I shot them several years apart. They were also topped with a variety of optics and using a myriad of ammo.

The AI was my favorite, I just like the overall design of their rifles (as long as prone shooting is your game).

In accuracy, they all shot exceptionally well.

For the money, the Armalite is hard to beat. I actually have more rounds fired out of an Armalite than the other models. With both Black Hills and Lapua ammo, the 2 that I have shot exhibited top notch accuracy.

You're right, it ain't as fancy as the AI, but the target down range don't know the difference!

The Remington 700MLR, chambered in .338 Lapua, should be available sometime this fall. I don't have a price on it yet, though.

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Old August 23rd, 2006, 07:04 AM   #3
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The new Remington 700 is the cheapest of the factory rifles, but it reportedly does not have a muzzle brake so plan on having one added -- maybe $200 or so. That rifle is basically a 700P in 338 Lapua. Next up in price is the Armalite. You can buy a light weight Sako hunting rifle in 338 Lapua. It should rattle your fillings. You get into rarified atmosphere with the Blaser and the Accuracy International rifles.

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Old August 23rd, 2006, 07:06 AM   #4
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Also, don't forget custom type rifles such as GA precision and Surgeon and McMillan. If I were in the market for a 338 Lapua I would look very hard at these, especially the McMillan.

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Old August 23rd, 2006, 07:54 AM   #5
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SAKO TRG 42 ................End of subject .

Per Request .

The 42 is the gun this round was made for .
Everything is perfect , the bolt is like glass , the stock can be adjusted all over the place , the trigger is fully adjustable , muzzle brake works great , ( it really is not bad with out the brake) . Best of all they shoot like a house on fire !!

I kick myself for selling mine .

Down fall .......$$$$$$$$$$$$$ for all extra's . IE; $225 a mag


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Old August 24th, 2006, 05:52 AM   #6
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Thaks for the input KIDGLOCK. Valuable info there...you're the first person that I have heard say anything about the Sako. I don't remember ever even seeing any articles on that rifle. Read lot's on the AI, the GA's, Armalite's etc. All of these rifles are definitely high $ (some more than others), but wow, $225 a mag?! And I thought $120 was expensive for a MK11MOD0 magazine! I guess you learn something new every day.

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If you can find a copy of the Oct. '04 Shotgun News there;s a good write up in it on the TRG ...

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Old August 24th, 2006, 12:40 PM   #8
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I'll have to look for that issue...I'm sure I could find it on their website.

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Old August 24th, 2006, 01:20 PM   #9
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I would love to have an AI or a SAKO TRG 42 in .338 LM. To me, the ammo would kill me unless you guys know where I could get ammo for a good price or do you all hand roll your own?

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7000 grains per pound
91.5 grains per round @ $43 PER 2# N-165
= 76.5 rounds per pound
.565 cents per round powder cost
$1.65 per case (+ -) new

250 grn Lapua Secnar 100 count $ 51 (+ -) .51

1.65
.565
.51
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2.725 per round hand load

Hearing it hit at 1500 yards .....................Priceless

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AI or Sako for sure.

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Old August 24th, 2006, 07:16 PM   #12
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SAKO, i'm with kid glock

I have owned a TRG 41 for 6 years, absolutely the most accurate rifle i have ever had the privelage to shoot and own. On a bad day it was a 1/4 moa rifle out as far as i could shoot it with lapua 250 grn scenars. I put an ops inc break on mine , it only got better.The gun would keep up with my friends single shot nesiks BR rifles that cost him more than my gun ( couple thousand more).
Downside, you have to deal with beretta to get the accessories(pain in the 4th point of contact) and they are expensive( damn bipod $350 plus) but all the acces are first class. It dont like the 300grn bullets very well(1/11 twist, aprox) but it still shoots them better than most guns that have a better twist.You just cant buy a better 338 lapua rifle, no matter the cost.

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Another option would be to have montana rifleman make you a barreled action in .338 Lapua. Thats what I had done. 26" heavy barrel with muzzle brake. The stock was made by MPI and was filled almost completely for weight. I haven't had the chance to shoot it much, but what little I did sure was fun...and very accurate.

I'd show a picture of it or post a link, but I dont have the post count to do it. I guess if anyone wants to see it they can PM for the link.

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