Most powerful bolt rifle caliber? 338 Lapua!

Discussion in 'General Firearms Discussion' started by Browning 9 Guy, Nov 7, 2015.

  1. Browning 9 Guy

    Browning 9 Guy Premium Supporter Member

    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but the 338 Lapua is the most powerful bolt rifle caliber ever made. According to Wikipedia, the Americans and British used it as a sniper rifle in Afghanistan. It's my new "have to have" rifle. Wife says I don't need one.
  2. Branth

    Branth Member

    They make 50BMG bolt guns. Hell, I think someone made a 20mm anti-tank bolt gun.

    The 338 is a hell of a cartridge though. Arguably the best long range cartridge around.

  3. Browning 9 Guy

    Browning 9 Guy Premium Supporter Member

    I would definitively love to have a 20mm bolt rifle. (Wife couldn't know)
  4. Branth

    Branth Member

    Good luck hiding this beast from the wife!

  5. ajole

    ajole Supporting Member

    NE Utah
    You are wrong. There's at least a dozen more powerful bolt guns.
    .338-378 Weatherby Mag, Lazzeroni 8.59 Titan, .338 A-Square, .338 Excaliber, 9.3X63 Mauser, 416 Rigby, .408 CheyTac, .375 CheyTac, .458 Lott...I'm sure there's more.

    She is right. You don't need one.

    But since when was that part of the gun buying equation?:p
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2015
  6. 577 Tyrannosaur T Rex. 10420 ft/lbs at muzzle 750 grains at 2480 ft/s.
  7. Branth

    Branth Member

    The 20mm has a muzzle energy of 39,500 ft-lbs.
  8. bscar

    bscar Supporting Member

    When someone says "You don't need that gun!", that's the perfect excuse to go buy that gun.
  9. mn_doggie

    mn_doggie Member

    Kinda like you don't need another pair of shoes.....
  10. Browning 9 Guy

    Browning 9 Guy Premium Supporter Member

    I can see this beauty as a showpiece in the den -- polished to a mirror shine, trim painted black, a catchy name engraved like "the Beast".
  11. SWAGA

    SWAGA No longer broke... Lifetime Supporter

    There's a small gunshop in Tampa that's got one of those for sale.....
  12. bscar

    bscar Supporting Member

    What's their asking price? We talking Wilson Combat/Nighthawk 1911 prices or full auto Uzi/Barret .50cal prices or Cadillac Escalade prices?
  13. I'm pretty sure aim surplus had one converted to 50bmg. For something like $7,000
  14. USMC_VET

    USMC_VET Supporting Member

    But the Savage 110 BA .338 Lapua magnum is so much fun to shoot . Shoot at targets over 2700 yards away and still have enough energy at the target to do damage . A few vids on YouTube showing 2700 yrd attempts and the hearing and seeing the AR500 plate move considerably . At that distance a .338 Lapua magnum rd has over 600lbs of force at the target . That's why the military still uses this rd because of how easily you create red mist at long ranges
  15. MaryB

    MaryB Supporting Member

    Mag fed 20mm bolt action

  16. SWAGA

    SWAGA No longer broke... Lifetime Supporter

  17. gasman42

    gasman42 Member

    A 300 wind Mag is close enough for me.. And a lot cheaper..
    Chris Kyle used this round for most of his kills.. According to his book?
  18. USMC_VET

    USMC_VET Supporting Member

    3561 yrd attempt with .338Lapua magnum ...... that's over a 2 mile shot and trying to hit a 24"x24" target

    at 6:34 min and 7:34 min confirmed hits on the 24" x 24" AR500 plate on the lower left

    that's 854 yards or just under 3/4 mile farther than the longest confirmed sniper shot in Afghanistan !!