The .338 Lapua Mag. related loading techniques were also developed and refined at Lapua. A powder load of approximately 90 grains of slow burning powder needs a powerful ignition using a large rifle magnum primer. The first test lot of .338 Lapua Magnum ammunition was produced in 1988, with CIP approval following in 1989.
The original B408 design from 1984 was modified to the Lock Base type, and the B408 got its current shape. Its weight remained at 250 grains. The first soft point bullet was MIRA, streamlined from the Mega bullet. The 259 grain EB431 bullet was introduced commercially with the new cartridge in 1990.
The HPBT Scenar bullet was introduced in 1996. Different kinds of special purpose equipment were also tested: armor piercing, armor piercing incendiary, solids and SLAP-type projectiles were examples of the tested specimens.
Soon the new cartridge started raising interest on the original continent of development. The larger .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge did not fit into traditional size actions and required a larger platform. Very few of these larger bolt action rifles existed, so co-operation with some European manufacturers started in the late 1980’s to develop suitable rifles for the .338 Lapua Magnum. Among the first rifle makers were Accuracy International of UK and Sako of Finland. Accuracy International later delivered the first military contracts for .338 Lapua Magnum rifles. In the 1990’s, more .338 Lapua Magnum rifles appeared in the market. During the following years, the .338 Lapua Magnum received a steady foothold in many Western hemisphere armies and similar organizations.
In the 21st century, Lapua has continued to develop the original .338 Lapua Mag. to meet the requirements of the most demanding mil/le applications, but also to secure a top spot in competitive long range and ELR shooting. It is still widely regarded as the long range caliber to go to, thanks to its power and performance. The original .338 Lapua Mag. has also been able to develop and prove its performance over and over again. The Lapua Mag. achieved its dominant position more than twenty years ago, but we see that it still has a long and successful road ahead.
The Lapua Club content and layout will change in June 2021, also resulting in changes to the services we offer in the Lapua Club. Lapua Club members have been notified by email. Stay tuned for more news!
How to create a scope reticle for your rifle in Lapua Ballistics
Did you know that you can create an image of your scope reticle in our ballistics calculator? You can set up your actual scope reticle dimensions in the calculator view to give you an easy visual guidance in the app. Creating the crosshair is an easy process, you just have to calculate the number of lines in your reticle and know the distance between the lines.
How to create your scope reticle in Lapua Ballistics
Go to ”Manage Rifle cartridge data” and choose the desired rifle-ammunition-scope system by tapping the pen symbol
Go to the Reticle menu and scroll to ”Create”
Name your reticle
Add the number of main lines for the three directions (above and below center; left and right)
Choose the correction unit (mrad – MOA – cm/100m – in/100yd)
Give the difference between main lines in the unit you selected
If you have secondary lines between main lines, tap Secondary lines ‘On’. Your secondary lines will then be visible halfway between main lines.
Remember to save the changes you’ve made. Done! Now your reticle is the one displayed in the calculator view.
If the distance between the lines in your actual scope is not a constant, then you won’t be able to generate a correct looking reticle view, but all the ballistic calculations will naturally be correct nevertheless.
You should note that the distance (in mrad, MOA etc.) between the lines may or may not be a constant with different magnification settings, depending the type of your scope.
What is the difference between a SFP reticle and a FFP reticle?
A riflescope’s reticle is placed on either the first focal plane (FFP) or the second focal plane (SFP). The main difference between them is that an SFP reticle will appear to be the same size regardless of magnification. With an FFP reticle, the size of the reticle will appear to change as the scope’s magnification is changed.
Most hunters and shooters are familiar with SFP, as it has been the most commonly used in basic scopes. The FFP reticle has become popular especially with long-range shooters.
With an SFP reticle, the spacing for holdover in the reticle is only correct at one magnification, usually the highest setting. One advantage with this is that you get a strong and easy-to-see reticle even at the lowest magnification.
An FFP reticle appears to grow larger or smaller as the scope’s magnification is increased or decreased, respectively. In reality, the reticle maintains the same perspective with the target size throughout the magnification range. That means the holdover points remain the same throughout the range of magnification. For example, the 5 MOA line is at 5 MOA for all magnification settings. The downside of an FFP reticle is it appears small and thin at low power and gets thicker at high power, so it can be hard to see at the lowest settings and can cover too much target at the highest setting.
For the third consecutive year, Team Lapua member Nancy Tompkins has brought home the Western Wildcat International Smallbore title using Lapua Center-X .22LR ammunition.
The Western Wildcat was hosted by the Desert Sharpshooters Rifle Club March 15 – 21st at the Ben Avery Shooting Complex in Phoenix, AZ. Nancy Tompkins won the Grand Aggregate with a commanding 6392-508X (of possible 6400).
Nancy stated, “The 2021 Western Wildcat Smallbore matches were challenging, but a great time of shooting and enjoying friends. It was just a year ago that the world was shut down due to the pandemic. The 2020 Wildcat was canceled as was most everything for many months. While travel is still challenging for some and impossible for our overseas friends, we had over a dozen first time shooters to the Wildcat and thankfully many of our longtime participants. I always say that the best part of shooting is the people, and that still holds true. That includes the shooters, the workers, and the sponsors that contribute their time and/or product to make this match what it is. I would like to thank Lapua for making precision ammo that allows me and others to achieve their highest possible scores. Winning the Western Wildcat three times in a row is an honor of which I am truly thank for.”
Nancy’s Lapua Center-X .22LR ammunition is matched to her firearm at Lapua’s Rimfire Performance Center. Unique lots of ammunition are tested at 50 and 100 meters simultaneously, identifying the best performing ammunition for purchase. This service is available to all shooters who wish to gain a competitive advantage. If you are located in the U.S., schedule your testing here at either of Lapua’s Rimfire Performance Centers located in Mesa, AZ or Marengo, OH.
With ongoing travel restrictions between Canada, USA, and Mexico, the 2021 Lapua Monarch Cup Series has been postponed until 2022.
The Lapua Monarch Cup will be the must-attend event of the silhouette shooting world for 2022. Hosted in three different countries: Canada, United States and Mexico, the Lapua Monarch Cup will take place throughout the summer and fall of 2022. Competitors earn points from each match within their respective classification (Master, AAA, AA, & A), giving all shooters an opportunity for the $25,000 in cash prizes.
“In light of the continued global health challenges with COVID-19, the Monarch Cup Board of Directors made the difficult decision to postpone the Lapua Monarch Cup to 2022,” stated Monarch Cup Director, Daniel Salazer. “The uncertainty regarding international travel and the concern for the safety of our friends and competitors, led to this very disappointing decision. We vow to make the 2022 Lapua Monarch Cup an event to remember.”
“Lapua is saddened that this difficult decision had to be made, but we know it’s the right one,” stated Adam Braverman, Director of Sales and Marketing. “The board and Lapua’s top priority is of the health and safety of the international shooting community. We are excited to announce that we will continue as the Title Sponsor of the Monarch Cup for 2022.” For more information on the Lapua Monarch Cup visit lapuamonarchcup.com.
We are excited to bring forth two new top-performance hunting rounds for two very popular calibers, the .223 Rem. And the 6.5 Creedmoor.
.223 Remington with the Lapua Naturalis bullet
.223 Remington, one of the most popular cartridges, is now available with the 3,2 g / 50 gr Lapua Naturalis hunting bullet. This is the perfect cartridge choice for anyone looking for performance without wasting any meat.
The .223 Rem started out as a varmint round in the 1950ies but it has come a long way since then to become a viable choice for small game and even small deer hunting. Today, we are proud to introduce one of the most modern and innovative .223 Rem cartridges for this purpose with our .224 Naturalis projectile. It has everything a demanding small game hunter needs, superb accuracy and top-of-the-class terminal ballistic performance. As with all our Naturalis projectiles, it comes with our new AirLock technology, securing that the cartridge performance is secure from dust and outside moisture changes.
The technology of the Naturalis bullet allows for a perfect mushrooming effect, expanding the bullet diameter up to double the original, creating an adequate wound channel. With exceptional performance and amazing penetration capabilities up to 100 % of retention weight, this factory-loaded cartridge is a must-have for any .223 Rem enthusiast wanting to make fond new hunting memories.
6.5 Creedmoor with the Lapua MEGA bullet
While the 6.5 Creedmoor was originally designed for long range target shooting, it has during its short lifespan already gained a reputation as a viable hunting caliber. Lapua’s 6.5 Creedmoor range of factory-loaded cartridges is now complemented with the addition of the 6,5 mm 10,1 g / 156 gr Soft Point MEGA projectile. This hunting bullet is known for an amazing accuracy almost matching bench rest bullets, and it has established its reputation as an excellent moose hunting bullet in the Nordic countries for decades. The reliable MEGA locking holds the bullet jacket and core tightly together, even in a hard bone hit. With the soft recoil and range performance of the 6.5 Creedmoor combined with our top components, we expect this cartridge to become a favorite with red deer, fallow deer and white-tailed deer hunters.
The new Lapua cartridges will be hitting the markets in the summer of 2021.
The international Lapua IWK .22 lr smallbore competition has been rescheduled to run from July 26th to August 1st 2021. The event which has in the past attracted more than 200 shooters from all over the world is taking place in the Walther Arena in Berlin, Germany. The event is hosted by PSV Olympia Berlin, for more information go to their website!
While the 6.5 Creedmoor continues to increase in popularity in competitive shooting, there is also a growing demand for a match solution for .260 Remington. Lapua has risen to the occasion and presents new factory-loaded cartridges designed to conquer the market and outperfom the competition at ranges up to 1,000 m/yds and even beyond.
The rounds are loaded with the 8,8 gram / 136 grain Scenar-L bullet. Introduced in 2013, it has ever since become a staple midrange and long range match projectile in 6.5 mm applications.
Both calibers are C.I.P. approved. Even if the .260 Rem. cartridge has a slightly shorter max overall length compared to the 6.5 Creedmoor round, it still performs similar to the latter in terms of muzzle velocity and hit accuracy. The biggest difference between the two is that the 6.5 Creedmoor case is Small Rifle Primer while the .260 Rem. has a Large Rifle Primer pocket.
If you are looking for a podium finish in PRS, silhouette or other accuracy disciplines, Lapua’s new match grade rounds are guaranteed to help you reach your peak potential. These cartridges will also meet the high demands of Military / Law Enforcement professionals.
The new Lapua cartridges will be hitting the markets in the summer of 2021. Flight Trajectory data coming soon!
Spin drift (or gyroscopic drift) causes the bullet to drift slightly horizontally at long shooting distances. The direction of the drift is the same as the barrel twist rotation, i.e. in your typical right-handed rifle it is in the right hand direction. Spin drift is caused by aerodynamics forcing the bullet tip to turn slightly in the direction of rotation as the bullet tip follows its curved flight path. This rotation of the bullet is very small, usually less than 0.1 degrees, but because it affects the entire flight path, it moves the bullet slightly in the direction of the spin.
The magnitude of the spin drift is most affected by the spin rate, bullet length and flight time (bullet velocity), to a lesser extent also by air density.
How to adjust Spin Drift in Lapua Ballistics
The Spin Drift correction can be turned off in the Manage Rifle Cartridge data menu under the current weapon profile (Sight-In settings), but we recommend that you select ‘On’ and then leave it as is. In extreme long range shooting (500 m/yds and up), you can fine-tune the spin drift magnitude to match the exact spin drift tested in practice with your firearm and cartridge combination. However, this precise determination of the actual spin drift is very difficult, because the effect of even a very small wind gust is usually many times larger than the magnitude of the spin drift. Therefore, using the factory setting usually gives the most reliable result.
Our next tip will feature how to build your own reticle. Stay tuned!