"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. 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. The cartridge was designed to arrive at 1000 meters with enough energy to penetrate 5 layers of military body armor and still make the kill. The effective range of this cartridge is over 1 mile (1609 meters) in the right shooting conditions as has been demonstrated in recent conflicts with confirmed kills in excess of 2000 meters. Realistically, 1500 meters is within the range of a trained sniper. This cartridge is based off of the .416 Rigby Case, necked down to .338 caliber, and is designed primarily as a military extreme range anti-personnel round and there really is no Law Enforcement applications, unless you need a super penetrating round for either armored vehicles or barricaded suspects. There are not a lot of rifles chambered for the .338 Lapua but the list continues to grow." http://www.snipercentral.com/338.htm
posted on 03/31/2014 3:06:09 PM PDT
(If history teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything.)
Where do you find a scope that can resolve a target at 1.6 Km?
I’d like to have one of them!
posted on 03/31/2014 3:18:52 PM PDT
(Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
Here is Helen Mirren, in RED, with her rifle.
Said to myself, gotta shoot one of those. Got the chance and shot a Mark V Accumark at the range. Thought my shoulder was going to pop out. That is some ferocious recoil energy there. Good to know our snipers have such a tool at their disposal.
The National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) is giving away two Savage Lapua for their March drawing. You still have a couple of hours to enter. No membership or donation needed.
I’m not a member, but I get their (sometimes irritating) emails.
posted on 03/31/2014 6:40:02 PM PDT
("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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