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Old 12-18-2012, 09:49 PM   #1
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:54 AM   #2
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Nice! I wouldn't mind getting one of those if it weren't for the cost of shooting it!
Even if you were to reload it's spendy.

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Old 12-19-2012, 04:24 PM   #3
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Your right it's not cheap but I found a reliable source for about $2.00 a round. Not cheap but you figure your average .308 hunting round cost about $1- $1.20 a round, so it's not too bad unless you want match .50, then your looking at about $7 a pop.

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Old 12-19-2012, 04:32 PM   #4
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Nice! I wouldn't mind getting one of those if it weren't for the cost of shooting it!
Even if you were to reload it's spendy.
Not to mention 10K or more for a solid platform and optics.
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Not to mention 10K or more for a solid platform and optics.
I could save up and get a rifle. It's a lot of money but I could do it.

The amount of money it would cost every time I pulled the trigger would hurt more.
The rifle will retain a lot of value, the ammo wont!

I've got rifles that are good for a variety of ranges up to 1000 yards or so, but the big 50 is able to accurately hit at tremendous range. The problem is that it could cost me $1,000 or more to learn to hit out there in ammo alone, and it's a perishable skill so you have to keep burning money down the barrel to keep good.

I think I'll work on being good out to 1000 yards using standard magnum ammo. I get a few more rounds per pound of powder!


Sure is a cool gun and it sure would be fun to play with though.
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I quit shooting mine about 3 years ago simply because even reloading it seemed like it was about 10 bucks a round to shoot. Fun gun and I still got my mile range set up but now days I use my 338 lapua for the mile instead.

Heck anymore I have been going smaller not larger. I have been shooting a .204 a lot lately and have flat out been enjoying it. With a 40 grain v max and 29.7 grains blc I am good out to 800 yds shooting rock chucks and at 100 yards a ten shot group at .375 inch.

But you know I will dust off the 50 in case of a zombies

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That there is a nice scope.

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A 338 Lapua was good enough for a confirmed kill at over a mile by Chris Kyle in Iraq.

Of course my best day under ideal conditions wouldn't be anything close to his worst day is he was hung over, injured and under fire.

I plan on having a 338 ultra mag target rifle built.
It's no 50 BMG, but it would be more capable than me and I could afford to shoot my own reloads in it.

I hear what your saying about shooting the smaller stuff also.
Another must have is a nice benchrest rifle.
I'm leaning towards a 6 mm ppc, but until I'm closer to having it built, I'm still open to changing my mind.

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I recently picked up a 338 lapua rifle, I'll be reloading for this one as I plan to shoot 1 mile to 2000 yards and I'll need to build up a good load. The .338 is a little bit more accurate at extreme ranges than the 50 BMG. Just in 2009 a British soldier took out 2 tango's at 2707 yards with the .338 lapua.

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I recently picked up a 338 lapua rifle, I'll be reloading for this one as I plan to shoot 1 mile to 2000 yards and I'll need to build up a good load. The .338 is a little bit more accurate at extreme ranges than the 50 BMG. Just in 2009 a British soldier took out 2 tango's at 2707 yards with the .338 lapua.
Yeah that dude must be something else...most would call that a lucky shot but when he hit home on the second he pretty much sealed himself as a bad ass sniper even if he never pulls the trigger again.
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