338 Lapua Magnum Ammo For Sale

The .338 Lapua Magnum is a leading sniper rifle cartridge with an effective range in excess of 2,000 yards. It is also being discovered by sport shooters and hunters who want a powerful, long-range cartridge that can take almost any game. Learn More

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  1. Hornady 338 Lapua Ammo - 20 Rounds of 250 Grain SP Ammunition

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    $70.00 Price

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    • American-made Hunting
    • 2900 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 250 Grain
    • SP Bullet
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 4668 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • $3.50 Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 82307
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  2. Hornady 338 Lapua Magnum Ammo - 20 Rounds of 285 Grain ELD-Match Ammunition

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    • 2745 FPS Muzzle Velocity
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    • Hornady SKU 82300
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  3. Black Hills Ammunition 338 Lapua Ammo - 20 Rounds of 250 Grain MatchKing HPBT Ammunition

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    • 2950 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 250 Grain
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    • Brass Casing
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    • 4831 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • $5.86 Cost Per Round
    • Black Hills Ammunition SKU 2C338LAPN2
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Research Armament Industries (RAI), an American company, was the first to introduce the concept of a long-range sniper cartridge in .338 caliber in 1983. The idea was to develop a cartridge for the U.S. Navy that was capable of extreme long-range shots against persons and material. The company Nammo Lapua Oy, commonly known as Lapua, joined the project to manufacture the casings for the ammo testing process. RAI withdrew from the program during the testing process, so Lapua started producing the whole cartridge on their own.

After the official program, Lapua collaborated with Sako and Accuracy International, two rifle manufacturers, to continue the development of the cartridge into what it is now, an incredibly accurate and hard-hitting round used across the globe by several national military forces. The .338 Lapua still holds the world record for the longest confirmed sniper kill in combat. A British sniper made the shot in Afghanistan in 2009, at a range of 2,475 meters, or more than a mile and a half!

Before the .338 Lapua, sniper systems had a gap between the smaller .30 caliber cartridges, such as the .308 Winchester and .300 Win Mag., and the larger caliber .50 Browning Machine Gun cartridge. The .30 caliber rifles are smaller, lighter and more portable than the big, heavy .50 caliber systems, but they lack the remarkably long reach and power that distinguishes the .50 BMG. The .338 Lapua finds the middle ground for power and portability. Rifles chambered for the .338 Lapua weigh between 12 pounds and 15 pounds on average, light enough to carry in the field, but heavy enough to reduce punishing recoil – even with loads meant for long distance shots.

The max range for traditional bullets is listed at 1,500 meters, and the range increases to 1,800 meters for the special Very Low Drag bullets. Standard bullets weigh 200 grains, and leave the muzzle at a velocity of 3,340 feet per second, resulting in a muzzle energy of more than 4,900 foot pounds. The Lapua Scenar Very Low Drag bullet weighs 300 grains and exits the barrel at a velocity of 2,750 feet per second, resulting in a muzzle energy greater than 5,000 foot pounds.

Civilians are beginning to give some recognition to the .338 Lapua. It is lauded for its accuracy, and is being seen in competitions of extreme long-range targets. Large game hunters also use the cartridge, as it serves well for taking nearly all game of medium and large size at long range. Due to the interest that the .338 Lapua has been generating in the circles of hunting and target competition, it is likely that when it eventually sees retirement from military service, civilian shooters will continue to enjoy this stellar round.

338 Lapua Magnum Ballistics: Chart of Average 338 Lapua Magnum Ballistics

Note: This information comes from the manufacturer and is for informational purposes only. The actual ballistics obtained with your firearm can vary considerably from the advertised ballistics. Also, ballistics can vary from lot to lot with the same brand and type load.

338 Lapua Magnum Bullet WEIGHT Muzzle VELOCITY (fps) Muzzle ENERGY (ft. lbs.) TRAJECTORY (in.)
  Muzzle 100 yds. 200 yds. 300 yds. 400 yds. Muzzle 100 yds. 200 yds. 300 yds. 400 yds. 100 yds. 200 yds. 300 yds. 400 yds.
250 Grain 2900 2685 2481 2285 2098 4668 4002 2416 2899 2444 1.7 0 -7.3 -21.3
250 Grain 2963 2795 2640 2493 n/a 4842 4341 3881 3458 n/a 1.9 0 -7.9 0
250 Grain Match 2900 2760 2625 2494 2366 4668 4229 3825 3452 3108 1.5 0 -6.6 -18.8
285 Grain 2745 2616 2491 2369 2251 4768 4331 3926 3552 3206 1.8 0 -7.4 -21
285 Grain Match 2745 2623 2504 2388 2275 4768 4352 3966 3608 3275 1.8 0 -7.3 -20.8
300 Grain 2660 2544 2432 2322 n/a 4715 4313 3940 3592 n/a 1.9 0 -7.8 n/a