Thread starter Tikkamike; Start date Nov 10, 2010; Help Support Long Range Hunting : Join the LRH Team or . Browse more videos. 338 Win Mag – the Ultimate Elk Round Many centerfire rifle cartridges are effective on elk. My friend gave me some 285 tsxs to try, but haven't had time yet. I love how the author mentioned that most of us aren’t coming even close to maxing out 556 or 9mm. Elk: Use Enough Gun. In .308 it is very hard to beat a 168gr premium bullet for elk. This weekend I took my sister up to fill the late season bull tag she had drawn. 31 Comments on 338 Win Mag vs 338 Lapua Mag I’ve found a lot of people finding my site when searching for differences between the 338 winchester magnum and the 338 Lapua Magnum and I wasn’t too pleased with some of the other results, so I thought I’d lay out all the differences in one spot. The 338 Lapua is a purpose designed and built round for long range sniping. However, because of its severe recoil (54 foot pounds), few people would agree that the .338 … Joined Dec 26, 2009 Messages 5,138 Location Big Horn Basin, Wyoming. With so many options on the market it can be overwhelming tr It’s 2200 ft-lbs at the muzzle isn’t much, but neither is 200 yards when you’re talking about long rang shooting. Although the .338 Lapua Magnum was initially developed to penetrate body armor at 1,000 meters, it has been used effectively to 1,500 meters and beyond. It has the case capacity to launch the heaviest .338 caliber bullets (300 grain) at useful velocities and is a stellar long-range cartridge for large game. 6:02. Please don't take this wrong. There's no such thing as too much gun, but the .338 Lapua has way more power than you'll need unless you want to kill deer at 1000 meters or more. How effective is the .338 Lapua Magnum for hunting? One of the worst cases of losing a game animal I ever saw happened in New Mexico in 1977. Well what are you hunting? It works very good, and if you get a shot at an elk past 400 yds and can place the bullet it still packs tons of energy way out there. Go out to American Shooting Center and shoot on their 300-yard range then try your luck at their 600-yard range. This item is quite nice product. I gather top loads in the light SAKO move you around a bit. Which is best for elk, though? Elk are one of the largest deer species in the world and can reach up to 1,300 lbs. Developed for military snipers to bridge the gap between .300 Winchester Magnum and .50 BMG, at first glance, the .338 Lapua seems to define “over kill” in a hunting cartridge. Report. I have seen my little bro shoot four or five deer and as many elk with his 338-378 wich I think is very close to the 338 lupua. Nov 10, 2010 #1 Tikkamike Well-Known Member. Follow. This size of an animal is built to withstand the harshest of conditions; and cleanly taking an elk in the field means you have to be equipped with the right bullet. So where does that leave our 338 Lapua and 300 Win Mag? I currently have a 338 lapua, it comes in at 14.4 lbs. Using my 30-378 Weatherby Mark V action to build a 338 Lapua improved, 40deg shoulder. 1-10 twist 27 1/2" Lilja + brake. First elk kill for the 338 Lapua. I elk hunt with my current rifle but would like to drop a few pounds with all the hiking we do. The .338 Lapua and .338 Win Mag both utilize larger .338 caliber bullets. This rifle has been a real game changer for us and our success rate on the elk .I shoot 300gr SMK's pushed by 90gr of Retumbo @ 2730fps. I watched deer going in and out of a long and timbered draw. Im looking at building a light weight 338 lapua or Improved shooting 300gn bergers. The 338 Winchester Magnum is arguably the best. Kansas deer and montana elk long range .338 lapua hunting. While the .338 LM round has a strong military reputation, it has been used increasingly by both long range hunters and sport […] However, the .338 Lapua can generally use heavier bullets than the .338 Win Mag. Ever since the advent of the first metallic cartridge (the 22 BB Cap in 1845,) hunters have demanded rifles, cartridges and bullets capable of terminating everything from ground squirrels to elephants. I elk hunt with my current rifle but would like to drop a few pounds with all the hiking we do. has one but carries a SAKO 75/338 for elk. A happy medium almost always works best. The 338 Lapua was developed back in 1983 but it wasn’t until the later 1990’s that it gained in popularity and started to become more widely used. We used it to kill 2 bulls,one @ 825yds,one @830yds. 338 Lapua is totally useless for most shooters, I know and found out just how by owning one! We also shot a cow at 800yds. The .338 was designed to kill people and destroy equipment at ranges up to 1500 meters (In fact, they're talking about it on the Military Channel as I … in weight. Three elk killed this fall with my McMillan 338 Lapua. Most areas I elk hunt have potential for long range shots but I have also shot elk at 50yds in the timber. For what purpose? The .338 Lapua Magnum, .338 Lapua Sniper, or 8.6x70 mm are the same cartridge as the .338 Lapua developed in 1984 by the Finnish Lapua Cartridge Factory. Last year I smacked a mature bull elk in the vitals 3 times with 300gr smks out of my edge. Avoid excessively light weight or lightly constructed bullets or excessively heavy bullets. If the criterion for versatility was what can be used, then the .338 RUM would be the clear winner because it is the only caliber evaluated which can humanely kill game in all 36 scenarios. Hey guys so I have my first rifle build pretty much figured out. We also shot a cow at 800yds. In addition to their paranoid natures, elk have one other attribute which makes them difficult to hunt; they are bullet sponges. With all the new types of bullets, which is the best heavy 338 bullet to use on elk for a quick kill? Shop for Low Price 338 Lapua Can Kill Elk And 338 Lapua Load Chart Sierra .Compare Price and Options of 338 Lapua Can Kill Elk And 338 Lapua Load Chart Sierra f And while 250-grain bullets are considered standard for the .338 Lapua, 300-grain loads are normally considered … My bro shoots factory 250 grain nosler partitions for everything and so far so good. There are many excellent long-range (beyond 500 yards) rifle cartridges, from the mild-shooting 6.5 Creedmoor to the flinch-inducing .338 Lapua. The one and only – .338 Lapua Magnum The .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge, or .338 Lapua Mag or .338 LM for short, is the ultimate centerfire rifle cartridge, purpose-built specifically for extremely long ranges. A 338 Lapua will have 40 inches of drop at 500 yards, 265 inches of drop at 1000 yards and 780 inches of drop at 1500 yards. Three elk killed this fall with my McMillan 338 Lapua. Now at a distance of under 300 yards they don't kill game any better than my .338-06 really.....Dead is simply Dead!!! Guys I'm thankful for your replies and thoughts on which scope and magnification would be a good choice for my caliber, BUT I really don'give a [bleep] if you don't like a persons above post for a scope recommendation. Will be my go to hunting rifle for elk, bear, mule deer. Just returned from WY and … Re: Hunting with a .338 Lapua I am actually considering moving away from the .338 Lapua because it is so powerful. Kobe Quint. The .338 Lapua Magnum was initially grounded on a .378 Weatherby Magnum case, necked down to accept 0.338-inch (8.6 mm) bullets because this diameter presents optimal sectional density and penetrating capabilities. ... First elk kill was with my 75 year old 30-06, 180 grain Nosler Partition, at about 2650 ft/sec. Im looking at building a light weight 338 lapua or Improved shooting 300gn bergers. Kansas deer and montana elk long range .338 lapua hunting. Yes, you can kill elk … If you searching to check on 22 Vs 338 Lapua And 338 Lapua Elk Kill price. This rifle has been a real game changer for us and our success rate on the elk .I shoot 300gr SMK's pushed by … We used it to kill 2 bulls,one @ 825yds,one @830yds. The .338 Lapua Magnum (8.6×70mm or 8.58×70mm) is a specialized rimless bottlenecked centerfire cartridge developed for military long-range sniper rifles.The Afghanistan War and Iraq War made it a combat-proven round with ready and substantial ammunition availability. If we use that 1000 ft-lbs of energy as our benchmark, a lowly 30-30 will still kill that deer dead out to 200 yards with most bullets. That is 65 feet of drop and we are not shooting a mile yet. I currently have a 338 lapua, it comes in at 14.4 lbs. A quick kill by the .338 on that bull certainly wasn’t overkill. One shot kill at about 50 yards. Put that load in the boiler room and it will kill any elk on this earth. The .338 Lapua Magnum (Lapua for short) has now been around for a while in the sniper community, but it does have the distinction of being the first cartridge designed specifically for sniping. 5 years ago | 178 views. I love the accuracy, but they did not expand enough(I found them in the hide). Should You Use a .308 for Elk? The .338 Lapua Magnum is capable of taking down any game animal, though its suitability for some dangerous game (Cape buffalo, hippopotamus, white rhinoceros and elephant) is arguable, unless accompanied by a larger "backup" caliber: "There is a huge difference between calibers that will kill an elephant and those that can be relied upon to stop one. Re: ... a .338 Win mag and a .338-Edge. 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