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338 what is the difference

Discussion in 'GATE Long-Range Shooting' started by cgarrett, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. cgarrett


    Feb 12, 2006
    My question should be easy, what is the difference in 338 winchester magnum and 338 lapua. What are the advantages and disadvantages to each?
  2. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith 3Gunner Millennium Member

    Aug 25, 1999
    Fort Collins, CO, USA
    The .338 Lapua has much more case capacity, and with the same mass bullets, should have 200-350 fps over the .338 WM. The .338 WM is really a short/mid-range hunting cartridge, while the .338LM is a long-range shooting cartridge.