338 Lapua Magnum vs. 308: Do You Really Need a 338 Lapua?

Many big game hunters and long range shooters have battled over which rifle cartridge to buy for their next hunting rifle. More often than not, the 338 Lapua Magnum and 308 Winchester come up in the discussion.

So, if you like long range shooting, and I really mean LONG range, then it’s high time we pulled the trigger on these two sniper rifle staples.

Although the general consensus from most hunters is “Just buy a 308”, there are some times where the 338 Lapua Magnum is an effective choice for cartridge selection. Certain African big game hunts require the high penetration and kinetic energy that the 338 offers, while the 308 is simply not enough. Cape Buffalo, Elephant, and rhinos are some of the African big game that would be appropriate for the 338.

However, if you aren’t going on African safari, is a 338 Lapua needed? If you want it, then go for it, but most shooters lack the skills, training, and range to practice with such a monster of a cartridge.

Although there’s not much cooler than traipsing into your local shooting match with a 338 Lapua Magnum in your cart, most shooters don’t need the added costs and training needed to handle such a round when a 308 can do the job just fine. For 90+% of our listeners, the 308 will be enough bullet for you. But for those few percentages that truly need more, then the 338 is ready to make short work of your long range targets.

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Do we need one?

Yep, without a doubt! Absolutely! Most Definatelllyyy!

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Need has nothing to do with it!

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What I feel is definitely a NEED! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: :rofl:

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I have a .338 Lapua. The thing is awesome but it’s definitely excessive. My particular Lapua is not even legal to hunt with in most states. So yeah, it’s over kill but it adds to the gun collection

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Was wondering when you were gonna comment.

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I’d have to go back to work just to buy 338 ammo. all of us can’t be millionares like Joe.

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I can tell you from owning several different 338 Lapua’s, It does not just kill things, It destroys them. I almost forgot, if the 338 does not float your boat a buddy of mine has a 416 Barrett.

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Now we know you’re a multi millionaire now…who knew.

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I sold my bike for that thing. So yeah, that’s how bad I wanted it

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You got a good price for that Huskee bicycle.

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See that’s what I’m talking about. When you got a Jones like that its definitely a need not a want. :sweat_smile:

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AND who has a truckload of automatic toys ?

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Check the laws where you plan to hunt before you buy. 0.338" is too small for most areas. 0.375" is minimum, some require larger.

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Hard to believe the Lapua isn’t enough, but I think youre right. A 375 Ruger might be a nice.Great Bear gun. Probably not making it to Africa though. Guess now I need both…

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No kidding right!?!? I just hope @Belt-Fed includes me in his will.

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I don’t any idea what you two are talkin about.

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A Lapua would kill a Cape buffalo all day long. They’re only a 2,000 pound animal. That’s like claiming a Lapua isn’t enough gun for an American Bison. If it’s not legal to use it’s for other reasons.

Too small my aching ass

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Real adventurers hunt elephants with their fully compliant 1911s.

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:rofl: This thread is getting expensive!

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