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Old 08-29-2012, 12:18 AM   #1
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Been saving a little at a time and finally got to where I can get something I want.

I'm looking for something that'll reach out 1000+ yards without dropping $8000.
I've got a 22 that'll hold a 2" pattern at 200 yards if there is ZERO wind, same with a 223 at 300 yards, and a 308 that;ll hit a paper plate with a few inches to spare pretty consistently at 400 yards. I've yet to have anything that is able to reach out and hold a pattern like that at 1000 yards.

I'm looking at grabbing one of these in a month or two.

Savage 338 Lapua



So for those of you that have a bit more experience than myself with something that is capable of 1000+ yards; Yes or no on the
Savage 338 Lapua???

If no; Then what in place if it???


PS. Please no idiots relentlessly pushing an $8000 50 caliber rifle that you don't own because the military channel showed a guy shooting one and it looked kewl.

Thanks all....
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:23 AM   #2
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Jester,

The 338 Lapua is an excellent round for the purpose. Also a 300 Win Mag in a long range gun is also adequate. But I have shot the 338 Lapua on many occasions and really like the round! Looks like an excellent choice to me!

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I have done some distance shooting not 1000 yds. However back in the day at Camp Perry .308 was and will get the job done easily with a good scope, solid action and bedding in a 24 inch barrel for probably under $2500 and there is absolutely no limit to the abundance of high quality ammo. In punching paper this is more than adequate. With that being said a .338 is one of few beyond 1000 yd weapons but the Ammo is crazy expensive, shooting the cheaper .308 will give you the range time for proficiency and advancing your skill set for long distance shooting.

The Savage I beIive to be an excellent weapon and a good choice should you stay with your .338
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Like I said, I don't have the experience with real long range shooting but I don't see a 308 packing a solid punch at 1000+ yards. I'd think after 500 or so yards, wind would start to really pay a toll of trajectory and at 1000 yards it wouldn't punch through much if needed. Not calling ya wrong by any means, just going by what I've seen from my own shots. I'm open to explanation and a little learning though.
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Like I said, I don't have the experience with real long range shooting but I don't see a 308 packing a solid punch at 1000+ yards. I'd think after 500 or so yards, wind would start to really pay a toll of trajectory and at 1000 yards it wouldn't punch through much if needed. Not calling ya wrong by any means, just going by what I've seen from my own shots. I'm open to explanation and a little learning though.
i have to agree with your choice of rifle and caliber for this endeavor. my suggestion is to reload to keep ammo costs down so you can shoot more and get more accurate. another suggestion, is don't cheap out on the scope. get quality optics. you can't hit what you can't see. good luck and have fun!
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I have shot that rifle and it is an excellent rifle. Would like to have one myself, but can't justify the cost given all that I already have. The cost of ammo is outrageous. I see retail prices in excess of $115 a box. I could not afford to shoot it without loading my own.


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I would agree totally with you if the end game is that this is to be used on bad guys. The .338 is a good way to go. The .308 I would say is solid out to 700 yds on a humanoid target with bullet placement in upper torso with disruption of CNS key for quick end. I will also concede that the .338 is going to be less susceptible to wind because of the velocity and weight of the bullet, however it will still be a large factor on long shots and will have to be taken into account on all shots at that distance. I am sure you will be happy with your current selection.
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ArmaLite makes an AR30 for around $1800-$1900. It's basically a scaled down version of the AR50. It is avail in .338 IIRC.
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If I was looking into precision long distance I would be looking into a bolt gun hands down.
The. 338 savage BA110 is on my want list also . I think you could be pretty accurate with your
. 308 with some good glass with lots and lots of practice . Lots of guys still use .308 for those LD shoots .
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There are many calibers that will shoot 1000 yards accurately,and not have the cost associated with the 338 Lapua.
The 6.5x284 is a great choice,also 6.5 creedmoor,7mm Mag/Ultra mag,308,the ole faithful-30/06,any of the 300 Mag varieties.

If I was going to build a 1000 yard dedicated rifle today,it would be the 6.5x284.
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