Lapua Cup 300 M Finals 2021

The Lapua 300 meter European Cup Final 2021 is in the books! The final event took place in Winterthur, Switzerland last week. Despite travel restrictions, shooters from 13 countries were able to participate in the matches.

At the beginning of the event, the highly respected shooting judge August “Guschti” Wyss received the Gold Medal of the ISSF for his tireless efforts for the European shooting world. His international career started 2007 in Winterthur with a Lapua European Cup and now as he is retiring, he will finish his career in the same place and at the same event. We wish Guschti happy retirement!

The podium results of the 300 meter Lapua European Cup final were as follows:

300 m Standard Rifle Open (pictured)
1. Tomasz Bartnik (POL)
2. Karl Olsson (SWE)
3. Steffen Olsen (DEN)

300 m 3-position men (pictured)
1. Tomasz Bartnik (POL)
2. Gernot Rumpler (AUT)
3. Bernhard Pickler (AUT)

300 m 3-position women (pictured)
1. Elin Ahlin (SWE)
2. Karolina Kowalczyk (POL)
3. Jenny Tovseth Vatne (NOR)

300 m rifle prone men
1. Bernhard Pickler (AUT)
2. Robert Markoja (SLO)
3. Gernot Rumpler (AUT)

300 m rifle prone women
1. Anja Senti (SUI)
2. Elin Ahlin (SWE)
3. Muriel Zuger (SUI)

300m European Cup Super Final
1. Karolina Kowalczyk (POL)
2. Karl Olsson (SWE)
3. Gernot Rumpler (AUT)

Congratulations to all athletes on their success, and we hope to see you all next year again! For full Lapua European Cup results, see results.sius.com/Championships.aspx

Bob Blaine wins ABRA Nationals with Lapua Center-X Ammo

Congratulations to Bob Blaine for winning Factory Class of the Auto-Benchrest Association (ABRA) 2021 Nationals. Blaine won using his blueprinted 10/22 target rifle firing Lapua Center-X ammunition. The Center-X was test-fired and matched to his platform at the Lapua Rifle Performance Center in Marengo, OH.

Blaine commented, “The Lapua Performance Center was an experience like no other. They tested several different lots of Center-X, allowed me to view group sizes at 50 and 100 meters simultaneously, and then helped identify the best performer in my platform. This gave me the confidence to succeed, knowing if I paid attention to the wind and range conditions, I could bring home the win. A game-changer for any rimfire competitor!”

The ABRA Nationals were held September 3-5th at the Kettlefoot Rod & Gun Club in Bristol, OH. Course of fire consisted of six targets, with a maximum score of 200 points per target, totaling 1,200 points. Blaine’s winning score of 1,114 tied with Pam Gates, and the tie-breaker determined by their “high target” for the event. Blaine’s high target score of 190 bested Gates 189 for the victory. Congrats to Pam for her 2nd place finish, and to her husband Doug with a 3rd place score of 1,110.

Team UltraDot-Lapua Wins CMP National Title

Congratulations to Team Ultradot-Lapua on winning the 2021 Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) National Civilian Championship title in .22 Rimfire division using Lapua Center-X .22LR ammunition.

Camp Perry hosted over 600 competitors and 50 Teams, including military marksmanship units from across the country. Camp Perry, located in Port Clinton, OH, has hosted annual National Competitions since 1903. Since then, Camp Perry matches have grown to many disciplines, including Trophy Pistol/Rifle, National Smallbore, and National Long-Range Matches.

Team Ultradot-LAPUA members, Adam Kopstein, Ron Steinbrecher, and Andrew Esposito are outstanding individuals who have worked together to bring home the title amongst many world-class, and military shooters.

“Winning at Camp Perry is like winning at no other match, the history, the camaraderie, and the competition are second to none,” commented Kopstein. “We want to thank Lapua for the generous support of our team, we are proud to use and represent the best rimfire ammunition company in the industry. Lapua helps us, and others, to achieve our best.”

Congratulations to Team Ultradot-LAPUA and best of luck as they head to at Camp Atterbury to compete in the NRA National matches.

Kick-off for Lapua European Cups

After a long wait, Lapua European Cups (pistol and rifle) have finally been plugged. The first Lapua EC 25 m was in Aarhus, Denmark on June 11-13, with shooters from five different countries. The top competitor at the opening of the season was Adrian Schaub of Switzerland, who won both the Centerfire Pistol and Standard Pistol events. In addition to Schaub, Peter Tkalec (SLO), Allan Gejl (DEN) and Jan Truelsson (DEN) clenched their spots at the Lapua EC Final at the end of the season. The following 25 m pistol Lapua European Cup will take place at the Männikku shooting in Tallinn, Estonia on 9-11 July.

The Lapua 300 meter European Cup was launched in Zagreb on 15 June. Existing Covid restrictions prevented some countries and athletes from participating in the season opener, but shooters from 7 countries were able to attend the event.

The first discipline was the 300 m Standard Rifle Open, where for the first time men and women competed in the same class. Swiss shooter Silvia Guignard took home the win with a result of 583-18X. Silvia continued her awesome early season by grabbing victories in the women’s 3P and prone matches as well.

Definitely worth a mention is Gilles Dufaux from Switzerland who shot a perfect 600 points in the men’s prone match.

Lapua EC 300 m 21 Zagreb mens prone

The cherry on top was that Nathaniel ‘Nate’ Guernsey from USA participated in the prone event. Nate, a Lapua sponsored shooter, was a welcome addition to the match and the first American shooter to attend the 300 m Lapua Cup in years, maybe even in a decade.

Nate Guernsey at Lapua EC 2021

Due to the corona, the planned Lapua 300 m European Cup in Eskilstuna, Sweden had to be cancelled, so the next 300 m competition will take place in mid-August at the Skibby shooting range in Aarhus, Denmark.

For full results in Lapua European Cup events, see https://results.sius.com/Championships.aspx

Luke Johnson Wins Lapua Super Shoot

Congratulations to Lapua’s Rimfire Performance Center Manager, Luke Johnson, on winning the Lapua Super Shoot. Luke won the Standard Rifle class with a score of 176 out of a possible 200 and a shot a perfect 40 out of 40 in the Hunter Rifle to win the class with an aggregate score of 185.

With Luke’s perfect score in Hunter Rifle, he joins the elite 4-member club of registered masters who have shot a perfect score in both Standard and Hunter Rifle silhouette disciplines. Luke obtained his perfect score in Standard Rifle at the 2017 National Silhouette Championship.

The Lapua Super Shoot took place May 29-30th at the Silhouette Capital of the U.S., Ridgway Rifle Club in Ridgway, PA. It consisted of 3 x 120 round relays, all fired from the standing position. For each relay, shooters engage ten chickens at 40 meters, ten pigs at 60 meters, ten turkeys at 77 meters and ten rams at 100 meters.

“This was my 3rd perfect 40/40 of my silhouette career, all have been shot with tested Lapua Center-X,” stated Johnson, “There have only been 10 different competitors to ever fire a perfect score in registered competition. This was a special 40/40 with it being my first in Hunter Rifle class.”

Luke’s Lapua Center-X .22LR ammunition is matched to his firearms 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. Schedule your testing here!

Team Lapua Dominates St. Louis ARA Tournament

Team Lapua members, Maddisyn Reed, Brian Brandt, and Joe Besche claimed the top three places overall this past weekend competing at the American Rimfire Association (ARA) Tournament held at the Benchrest Rifle Club of St. Louis in Wright City, Missouri.

Congratulations to Lapua’s Maddisyn Reed for winning the ARA Club Tournament using Lapua Midas + rimfire ammunition. With two perfect rounds of 2,300, Reed compiled an overall score of 12,800 out of a possible 13,800. 

Reed stated, “I couldn’t have won without my Midas +. It is truly exceptional ammunition. Some of the best ammo I have had in my five years of shooting.”

Lapua’s Brian Brandt took 2nd with a score of 12,750 and fellow team member Joe Besche scored a 12,450 placing him in 3rd. Reed visit’s the Lapua Rimfire Performance Center annually to test Lapua rimfire ammunition in her target rifles. Unique lots are tested at 50 and 100 meters simultaneously, identifying the best ammunition for purchase. The Lapua Rimfire Performance Center service is available to all shooters who wish to gain a competitive advantage. See all our rimfire test centers here and book an appointment now!

The story of .338 Lapua Magnum, part 2

The story of a legend

In this two-part story, we share the background and history of the legendary .338 Lapua Magnum. Read the first part here!

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.

Lapua Club changes in June 2021

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!

Lapua Ballistics Tip: How to create a scope reticle

(For the previous Lapua Ballistics tips, click here for the Lapua Ballistics Tips page)

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

  1. Go to ”Manage Rifle cartridge data” and choose the desired rifle-ammunition-scope system by tapping the pen symbol
  2. Go to the Reticle menu and scroll to ”Create”
  3. Name your reticle
  4. Add the number of main lines for the three directions (above and below center; left and right)
  5. Choose the correction unit (mrad – MOA – cm/100m – in/100yd)
  6. Give the difference between main lines in the unit you selected
  7. If you have secondary lines between main lines, tap Secondary lines ‘On’. Your secondary lines will then be visible halfway between main lines.
  8. Remember to save the changes you’ve made. Done! Now your reticle is the one displayed in the calculator view.
Create your reticle in Lapua Ballistics app
Create your reticle in Lapua Ballistics app
Create your reticle in Lapua Ballistics app

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.

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