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 Best .338 bolt gun under $2k?
M590man  [Member]
3/30/2012 9:59:58 PM
Looking to invest in a long gun; suggestions on a .338 PayPal bolt action under $2k?
35mm_Shooter  [Team Member]
3/30/2012 10:04:36 PM
IMO, the Savage 338 with the HS stock is easily the best deal going by a longshot. $1200 will get you a fluted heavy barrel, HS stock, good muzzle brake, and good trigger. Can't beat it with a stick.
M590man  [Member]
3/30/2012 10:24:29 PM
Lapua not "PayPal". Damn spellcheck!
AnthonyL  [Team Member]
3/31/2012 2:37:09 AM
Remington 700P in .338 Lapua is still the best deal going.
jmt1271  [Team Member]
3/31/2012 10:26:06 AM
Originally Posted By M590man:
Lapua not "PayPal". Damn spellcheck!


LOL, I thought this was some new slang name for the Lapua, due to the high cost per round if you dont reload.

Combat_Jack  [Team Member]
3/31/2012 10:59:03 AM
Originally Posted By AnthonyL:
Remington 700P in .338 Lapua is still the best deal going.


If you don't mind a Lap in a .700" bolt.
Rickgerald  [Member]
3/31/2012 11:24:41 AM
The Savage 110FCP is probably the best bang for the buck,. I like the accu stock and the trigger on it... Also the Remmy 700XCR is right at the price break you have set, has a fluted barrel and a nice brake.... You can look around and possibly run across a Sako TRG for the $2500 range if you could muster a little more to your price range.. Trouble with the Sako is the cost of the accessories.. The BiPod is nearly $500.00 and the Brake is almost $200.00.. Also for scope mounting you either need the Optilock mount or get a pic rail from Near or Badger since the Sako uses the narrow dove on their reciever... There are deals out there if you are diligent on searching and be ready to jump when one comes up..
Rob01  [Moderator]
3/31/2012 12:16:31 PM
If you are worried about cost then maybe a 338 Lapua isn't the round for you. They are not cheap to feed. Unless you plan on shooting over 1500 yards on a regular basis you could do just as well with a 300WM and it won't cost as much to feed it.

What do you plan on doing with it?
Rickgerald  [Member]
3/31/2012 2:22:08 PM
I do not find my TRG any more expensive to feed than my M1A SuperMatch was.. Yes the ammo is lots more expensive for 338 Lapua Versus 308 GMM but also with a large bolt gun I do not run through near as much ammo as I did with the Semi-auto M1A.. Once you gather some brass it is more econimical.. I do not have the stuff for reloading nor the time or place to do it if I did. I can send my brass to DallasReloads and get them loaded with either 250G SMK or 300SMK for a little over 2 bucks a round.. As far as ranges for shooting I wish I had some 1000yrd areas to shoot but I find it just as much fun to shoot paper or steels at 200-250yrds...

Purchasing a rifle in this caliber will have to be justified by you and you alone.. Yes this large and expensive of a round is not needed for shooting less than 1500yrds but boy it sure is fun....

Rick
M590man  [Member]
3/31/2012 2:39:51 PM
Originally Posted By Rob01:
If you are worried about cost then maybe a 338 Lapua isn't the round for you. They are not cheap to feed. Unless you plan on shooting over 1500 yards on a regular basis you could do just as well with a 300WM and it won't cost as much to feed it.

What do you plan on doing with it?


Wanted to try my hand at distances longer than my 03A3 could hit but don't need a Barrett, just something simple but accurate.
Rob01  [Moderator]
3/31/2012 3:02:08 PM
Just trying to save the OP some cash and heartache as I have seen it many, many times before where people think they NEED a 338 Lapua to shoot long range and then get it and never shoot it because they don't have the range or can't afford to feed it. Hopefully the rifle won't be one of the "barely used only 100 rounds through it" posts in the for sale section in 6 months. Just trying to make him think about his purchase and not be one of the people who like to spend other people's money for them.

M590, how far out you talking?
M590man  [Member]
3/31/2012 4:35:01 PM
Originally Posted By Rob01:
Just trying to save the OP some cash and heartache as I have seen it many, many times before where people think they NEED a 338 Lapua to shoot long range and then get it and never shoot it because they don't have the range or can't afford to feed it. Hopefully the rifle won't be one of the "barely used only 100 rounds through it" posts in the for sale section in 6 months. Just trying to make him think about his purchase and not be one of the people who like to spend other people's money for them.

M590, how far out you talking?


600 -800 yards
Rob01  [Moderator]
3/31/2012 4:42:01 PM
600-800 yards is a waste of the 338 Lapua in my opinion. For any magnum actually unless you are hunting with it and need the energy on target. 600-800 yards is .308 territory. You can get into better ballistic cartridges like the 6.5mms as well which won't break the bank but will perform out to 1000-1200 yards without a problem.

Do you handload?
M590man  [Member]
3/31/2012 4:49:12 PM
Originally Posted By Rob01:
600-800 yards is a waste of the 338 Lapua in my opinion. For any magnum actually unless you are hunting with it and need the energy on target. 600-800 yards is .308 territory. You can get into better ballistic cartridges like the 6.5mms as well which won't break the bank but will perform out to 1000-1200 yards without a problem.

Do you handload?


Yep, .308 and 30-06
Rob01  [Moderator]
3/31/2012 4:58:16 PM
Look into one of the Savage rifles in either .260 or 6.5 Creedmoor. .260 would be a easy choice if you reload .308 already. You can neck down .308 fairly easy or go up from .243 brass or down from 7-08 brass as well. The 6.5mm bullets going in the 2800fps range are excellent long range cartridges and will do what you need very well and save your shoulder and wallet some pain in the process.
ALASKANFIRE  [Team Member]
4/1/2012 7:54:01 PM
I am with Rob on the smaller calibers. Even a purpose built 30-06 would be just fine.

Originally Posted By AnthonyL:
Remington 700P in .338 Lapua is still the best deal going.


Everyone I talk to that shot the 700P said it kicked like a mule. The Savage guns have much better brakes
TheTacticalCoyote  [Team Member]
4/1/2012 7:56:32 PM
Originally Posted By ALASKANFIRE:
I am with Rob on the smaller calibers. Even a purpose built 30-06 would be just fine.

Originally Posted By AnthonyL:
Remington 700P in .338 Lapua is still the best deal going.


Everyone I talk to that shot the 700P said it kicked like a mule. The Savage guns have much better brakes


Not at all, the recoil is not bad.
sav_carguy  [Team Member]
4/1/2012 10:41:00 PM
Originally Posted By M590man:
Lapua not "PayPal". Damn spellcheck!


It actually fits pretty well, considering the price tag on .338 stuff.



Anyway, unless you're planning on reaching out past 1000yds regularly(or wayyyyy past 1000), I wouldn't bother with .338, myself.

However, if you just want one because you want one, Savage seems to have the best deal.
BoxofRox  [Member]
4/10/2012 12:26:13 PM
Check out the new Weatherby Mark V Accumark .338 Lapua, I'm really considering getting one for my new elk gun. MSRP is 2,300 but I'm betting they will sell for about 2,000.

http://www.weatherby.com/product/rifles/markv/accumark_lapua/buynow