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post #1 of 9 Old 12-22-2010, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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.338 Lapua

Anyone own one? I'm looking at the Sako TRG 42 and am interested in finding a scope that'll take a good amount of abuse of shooting and hunting with it.

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Any quality scope will handle a Lapua. Its not a .50 BMG.

I'd go with Nightforce.
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Nightforce are great scopes.

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Ugh I want a lapua, just remember that gun is only as good as the glass you mount on it I learnd this the hard way. Thought I had a decent scope that was mounted to my 770 and couldn;t figure out why I couldn't hit anything come to find out the scope couldn't handle the recoil

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I have a nikon buckmaster on my .308 and it seems to handle it quite well. The lapua is a great round, but prob not cheap to shoot nor to easy to find at the local B&M

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Go to riflescopes.com and look at the super sniper line of scopes. they have sevaral fixed power scopes and a 3-9 power which is a little more costly. Now i shoot alot and have had great luck with these scopes, ive got a 10x on my 308 and ive shot it out to 950 with great results, the turrets are extremely responsive and they actually move the crosshairs when you move the turrets unlike alot of cheap scope where you have to tap on the scope of shoot it to get it to adjust. Ive liked their scopes so much i ordered a fixed 20x to put on my tactilite 50bmg. They are rated for .50 bmg. Also, they have an extreme turret adjustment range, i think its something like 152 MOA of vertical adjustment, and if you are shooting at any great distance, you will appreciate that.

One thing about the supersnipers that make them so cheap, is that riflescopes.com are also the manufacturers of the scope. Alot of people relate them to the quality of a 800-900 dollar scope but ther are in the 300-500 dollar range because there is no middle man distributor.

Also, one more thing, dont get a nice scope and put the ****tiest POS rings on there you can find. Buy some rings that they dont sell at walmart, spend atleast 100 bucks on a set of rings and a base, if you dont buy quality, then the long range 338 lapua round and the glass you have mounted to it doesnt mean anything.

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Any manufacturer of a .338 will put the money into making an accurate rifle. Sako is no exception from what I've heard. That being said, the .338 Lapua is a 1-mile cartridge, and you need a good scope. The two I'd recommend are the Leupold Mark IV tacticals, and the Nightforce. Also, whatever scope you end up with should be over a 30mm tube, 14-20x max zoom, with a 50-56mm objective lens, and solid Leupold, or Barrett rings. These scopes hold up to the recoil of .50 BMG rifles well, and maintain a good zero.

You mentioned hunting with this rifle, what big-game are you heading after?
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I used to owm the rifle you are interested in, the green/phosphate version. I would highly recommend the TRG(I had one in a .308 as well). I have owned Nightforce, which I had on the .338, a Leupold MK IV and I currently own USO and Premier Reticles. All are great choices and they will all work for your application. The only important advice I can give you is go with a variable power scope scince you plan on hunting and make your top end at least 20x.
The .338 Lapua round can go a long way and if you plan on shooting quite a bit 500-700 yards will get boring really quick so the extra magnification will come in handy.
My two rifles of choice right now are a custom Rem 700 in .260 Ackley Impoved which is wearing a USO 3.2-17x and a PGWDTI Coyote in 7wsm which has a Premier Reticles 5-25x. I enjoy the long shots and its nice to have the high end magnification when you have the time to use it.

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It's all in what you are looking for in a .338. If it's true long range target shooting the Lapua is next to impossible to beat. If it's power you want the 338-378 Weatherby pretty much can't be beat. That said if it's long range hunting you are after (more then 600 yards as an example) accuracy and power are paramount. Both of these cartridges will do the job but a custom rifle and tons of practice are more important. It's simple math as far as power is concerned, the faster the muzzle velocity the more energy. Transfering that energy at distance will incorporate ballistic coeficient and shot placement. There are so many variables to long distance shooting that it's next to impossible to list them in a short post and I don't have remotely the experience that others I know do.

All that said, practice, practice, practice. Any high quality glass will do that you are comfortable with. Look at Nightforce and for better glass and at least equal durability Schmidt and Bender. If you can't see it, you can't hit it.

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