I am seriously contemplating getting a big bore and am thinking of either the 338 Lapua or the 50BMG.
I am leaning towards the 338 since it has great ballistics, would be a much lighter rifle and it is mag fed.
What would be the pros and cons either way from guys who have made the different purchases?
Is the 338 much cheaper to shoot, if any?
Just looking for some experiences out there.
The 338 would probably get used a whole lot more, there is a large difference in weight and length between the two. and you really need a large backstop for the 50. like maybe a small mountain. the 338 you could get away with a 20 ft berm or so.
I'd get the 338, i don't think NV is gonna ban the 50's any time soon. a couple of years later you can trade up or just buy outright if you want.
Unless you "roll your own" .338 Lapu is rediculously expensive. Between $65-$78 a box of 20. Although you may save by reloading the .338 Lapua brass is what will cost the most, I say go with the .50.
AR30--Less recoil then the 50
Ammo Black Hills 250grn about $65.00 for 20 rounds no Surplus ammo around.
Ammo for 650gr about $45.00 for 10 rounds. Or for A-max loaded about $60.00 for 10 rounds. So in reality it equals out in price. Only difference you could find plenty of Surplus 50cal around.
Ar30-Weighs less then a 50cal and is really a very accurate rifle out to 1000yds compared to a 50cal.
Price well you could figure that one out.
Reloading wise I get 5 loads on my 338 brass before I start to worry about it. IN reality reloading for 338 or 50cal equals about the same. The price of primers for a 50cal are much more for a 338cal. The price of bullets are much more for a 50 cal for good stuff. You could get 250 or 300 grn SMK's for a decent price for a 338LM. Powder you get a couple more rounds out of a pound and to do any reloading for either you need 8 pounds IMHO.
Take your pick.....