338Lapua Mag Vs 338 Norma Mag

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    338Lapua Mag Vs 338 Norma Mag

    I was doing some looking online for different things under the 338LM and found the 338 Norma Mag.

    Not much listed about it but saying its closely compared to the Lapua

    Anyone know much about it.

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    Read that first thing i read.

    Doesn't give to much info for what i'm really looking for

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    Try here.

    http://www.longrangehunting.com/article ... view-1.php

    I looked for more info too but there isn't too much.
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    Tom,

    Not an answer to your question, but another variable. Bobby Lawton (I think that's his name, Notaguru over at the hide. I've talked to him on the phone. He's down in Dillon) has a .338/408 Cheytac. There's also the .375 Cheytac. Some info on both in this thread. Both very effective out past 1800 and according to some, not much more than .338 Lapua.

    http://www.snipershide.com/forum/ubb...1529790&page=1

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    I've never really looked into it, but where does the 338 Edge fall in the 338 picture (vs Norma and Lapua)? Any reason to choose one over the other?

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    The Norma is meant to shoot even the 300gr SMK's while remaining within the 3.6" long action feeding maximum. With Seekins and Wyatt bottom metals you can go closer to 3.9" in OAL, so in my personal opinon I'd go with the Lapua in one of the above. If for whatever reason you must remain with a 3.6" OAL, the Norma makes allot of sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ogre
    I've never really looked into it, but where does the 338 Edge fall in the 338 picture (vs Norma and Lapua)? Any reason to choose one over the other?
    The edge is in between the LM and Norma

    But one down side we are finding now with the edge is brass life even annealing every firing is only 3-5 loadings and 5 being tops and thats pushing it.

    Rem brass just isn't holding up

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    I was doing a little research on that too, after an acquaintance of mine had a custom rifle made in .338 Norma (partly because the .338 Lapua Magnum is under fire here in Australia).

    Check out this thread on the Hide:

    http://www.snipershide.com/forum/ubbthr ... ber=669672

    Apparently, the .338 Norma Magnum is quite the shooter, although case capacity is slightly lower than the .338 Lapua Magnum. How it actually performs though is another thing. According to the thread the .338 Norma Magnum with a COAL of 3.6" can better the .338 Lapua Magnum (provided the COAL is 3.6") with less powder, indicating a more efficient design.

    The thread is massive, almost hitting 12 pages, but there is a wealth of info in there.

    Hope that helps.

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    Today i had some spare time and was able to shoot both rifles a Surg. actioned 338LM and a Sako Actioned 338 Norma.

    I have to say the norma was quite impressive.

    The Norma showed alittle better groups at 1k with 300gr smk's than the Lapua but the lapua showed better groups with 250smk's

    Now at 600 i don't think there was .05 difference in groups.

    Norma had less felt recoil. From talking to the builder he has 8 reloads on the Norma brass with no signs of anything. 3 on the lapua and he said the same thng about it.

    It comes down to it
    Personal Prefference i guess. looking at balistics and then looking at barrel and brass life. There so close tossing both directions.

    I'm still going to stick with the lapua for the fact it is more popular and brass is pretty easy to find. Norma i only found 2 places to buy an one was out of stock and not sure when they would get more in.

    Tom

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