Over the past several years, a few of my mentors and friends, all rifle shooting enthusiasts, have been bitten by the long-range bug. I have not been immune either. Our ultimate interests lie in long-range hunting, but amid a lot of shooting has come an appreciation for anti-personnel and anti-materiel systems.
My first build for long-range shooting was a Savage-action-based rifle cambered in .260 Rem. Satisfied with the performance of the .264 bullet, I was ready to step up in capability to a larger caliber. After a lot of careful study of bullets and cartridges, I decided on a .338 Lapua Mag.
I’ve now shot enough .50 BMG from different rifle platforms to know that it’s tolerable, but not much fun. On the other hand, a .338 Lapua Mag’s concussion isn’t nearly as distracting. And with the recent sniping records set for the .338 Lapua, it is certainly as effective as the big .50 as an anti-personnel round.
British military-issue overpressure .338 Lapua Mag cartridges loaded with 250-grain Lock Base B408 very-low-drag bullets were used in November 2009 by British sniper Corporal of Horse (CoH) Craig Harrison to establish a new record for the longest confirmed sniper kill in combat, at a range of 2,707 yards.
The AR-30, chambered in the long-range heavy hitting .338 Lapua Mag, is a ruggedly built weapon that is a great intermediate weapon between the 7.62mm NATO and the .50 BMG. Show here with a Leupold Mark IV riflescope.