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Brad_Heinrichs
02-16-2009, 11:33 PM
I am wondering what you all think would be a better toy the 338 lapua or the 30-378 weatherby magnum? they r both awesome all around guns and ammo is about the same cost wise! I am going to get a toy when the taxes r done!!

COYOTE
02-17-2009, 06:44 AM
What one shoots flatest, that is what I like!

PAPA BEAR
02-17-2009, 07:02 AM
I would go with the weatherby, but then I am a weatherby nut

sam123
02-17-2009, 11:15 AM
i own a 30-378 weatherby magnum and i would take it over the 338 lapua because it shoots flatter but the 338 lapua does hit harder. I suggest if you buy a 30-378 i would also put on an accubrake, it will make it kick as much as a normal 300 winchester magnum but make it very very loud. With a gun this size of caliber what kind of scope are you going to put on it?

Bearhunter
02-17-2009, 12:32 PM
Have you ever looked at 338-.06? Its sounds like an odd cartridge, but it is the most accurate weapon I have....

sam123
02-17-2009, 12:43 PM
Have you ever looked at 338-.06? Its sounds like an odd cartridge, but it is the most accurate weapon I have....


is that a 30-06 case necked up to a 33 cal?

Bearhunter
02-17-2009, 12:47 PM
is that a 30-06 case necked up to a 33 cal?

Yup....it shoots incredible groups. Guys don't understand why anybody would put a bigger bullet in an -.06 but I was sold after reading into it, and talking to some wildcatters...

sam123
02-17-2009, 12:53 PM
Yup....it shoots incredible groups. Guys don't understand why anybody would put a bigger bullet in an -.06 but I was sold after reading into it, and talking to some wildcatters...

i can say i have never heard of that caliber but it sounds good, do you reload these or buy them?

jules
02-17-2009, 12:56 PM
i would go for 338 mag , i use a 358 norma mag , and my next one would be 338 , if i needed one

Bearhunter
02-17-2009, 01:01 PM
i can say i have never heard of that caliber but it sounds good, do you reload these or buy them?

You can buy them...but very expensive...I don't reload them either, I get my oldtimer buddy to reload them for me...he has been loading for 50 years and does custom loading for guys....He just loves it and keeps him busy..

sam123
02-17-2009, 01:16 PM
You can buy them...but very expensive...I don't reload them either, I get my oldtimer buddy to reload them for me...he has been loading for 50 years and does custom loading for guys....He just loves it and keeps him busy..

with the price of a 30-378 bullets you have to load it, but i load everything anyways but $140 for a box of 20 bullets would get expensive fast.

possum
02-17-2009, 04:21 PM
I am going to get a toy when the taxes r done!!

I would personally go with the 338 Lapua, awesome caliber for what they were designed for, but only a select few rifle manufacturers offer this caliber.
Either or, have fun with your new toy when you get it. Be sure to let us know which one you chose.

sam123
02-17-2009, 04:52 PM
have you ever considered a 408 cheytac? its in between the size of a 338 lapua and a 50 bmg but is more accurate, hits harder, and is faster then the 50 bmg

redmist
02-17-2009, 04:59 PM
I think both are good calibers:) But...can you handle the recoil ? :confused:

ORLOW
02-17-2009, 07:22 PM
I bought a 30-378 weatherby a few years ago when Dixion was on circle drive He installed a good scope and mounts and I bought two boxes of shells and I was going to get into long range shooting. I had it bore sighted and I went home to take a couple shots at the target I put it on the bench and took aim and pulled the trigger.Some thing felt funny and I am a big boy over six feet and played semi pro football , I looked at my new gun and the recoil had sheared the scope mount screw off the gun. One shot . I went back to Dixion and had the barrel ported and bigger screws installed to mount the scope. I like it now but without porting I would not shoot this gun. I have shot two deer with it and it is a long distance gun which gets the job done. I take it out for a treat like a classic car once in a while and scare the coyotes with it ( I took it a couple times for moose and elk but have never shot one with it yet)

sam123
02-17-2009, 07:42 PM
I bought a 30-378 weatherby a few years ago when Dixion was on circle drive He installed a good scope and mounts and I bought two boxes of shells and I was going to get into long range shooting. I had it bore sighted and I went home to take a couple shots at the target I put it on the bench and took aim and pulled the trigger.Some thing felt funny and I am a big boy over six feet and played semi pro football , I looked at my new gun and the recoil had sheared the scope mount screw off the gun. One shot . I went back to Dixion and had the barrel ported and bigger screws installed to mount the scope. I like it now but without porting I would not shoot this gun. I have shot two deer with it and it is a long distance gun which gets the job done. I take it out for a treat like a classic car once in a while and scare the coyotes with it ( I took it a couple times for moose and elk but have never shot one with it yet)

With a gun with this much recoil you need to get a picatinny rail with night force rings, then you will never worry about the recoil setting off your scope or wrecking your rings or bases. What kind of scope do you have on it?

ORLOW
02-17-2009, 07:55 PM
The scope on it is a leupold 3 X 9 - 50 ( cost about $900 at the time of purchase) Has really shot good and on the mark.

zuby19
02-17-2009, 08:29 PM
I really have no opinion because i've never shot either, but i do own a weatherby gun and as far as i'm concerned there is nothing better.

sam123
02-17-2009, 09:32 PM
The scope on it is a leupold 3 X 9 - 50 ( cost about $900 at the time of purchase) Has really shot good and on the mark.

leupolds are always a good buy, i have just got into long range shooting and i bought a nightforce 8-32x56 nxs with an np r2 light up retical. At 800 yards i can read a license plate on a vehicles....not yet tuned in to the distance i want but it will come in time.