Deer at 400 yards with a .338 Lapua!

ZeeZee Senior MemberPosts: 19,452 Senior Member
Last time I tried to post a thread from my computer, it didn't work.  I will try this in instalments.

My friend needed one more management deer taken from his ranch before the Feb 28th deadline for MLD Tags.  I told him it had to be with the .338 Lapua and at 400+ yards.  He agreed.

So, the 27th, we hit the range to confirm zero at 400 yards with the Surgeon .338 Lapua and 285gr ELD-Match bullets.  Yes, I am zeroed at 400 yards with that rifle.  Gives me more flexibility with the reticle.

Saddled up to the bench, fired up StrelokPro and it said to hold "down" .1 Mil as I had zeroed previously at 400 with a 54 deg ambient temp and it was 73 at the time of shot. 

So, I held low .1 mil and guestimated the wind at .2 mils.  Inhale.........exhale........respiratory pause......press.........



That...........will work for a cold bore shot at 400 yards!!!
 
"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 14,181 Senior Member
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Moderator Posts: 26,705 Senior Member
    edited March 4 #3
    WOW!!! 😍
    "Attack rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, without rest, however tired and hungry you may be, the enemy will be more tired, more hungry. Keep punching." General George S. Patton
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,452 Senior Member
    From the top of his hill in front of his house, we measured out 400 yards and placed a painted pink rock down his driveway and short fence at 400 yards, exactly..


    Poured out some corn around the area, and waited.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,452 Senior Member
    https://youtu.be/OntyKn5Wehg

    Deer began to come from the hill into the pasture and eventually found the corn.  We agreed on a doe and I let fly. 

    The bullet struck her low behind the shoulder and slightly quartering froward.  On impact, she lurched forward and made a death run stumbling and faltering for 37 yards. Before giving into her wounds and expiring. 


    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 1,486 Senior Member
    Your photos are so good, I often enlarge them for a better view. Maybe it's just me but it seemed like I could enlarge more on the old board.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,452 Senior Member
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,452 Senior Member
    Entrance was low in the chest, quartering forward towards the off side shoulder.







    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,452 Senior Member
    The 285gr Hornady ELD-Match bullet passed through the heart, decimating it and utterly destroying it.


    That is the entrance side to the lungs and the only pieces of the heart I could find.



    Exit side of the lungs and heart shreds.


    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 14,181 Senior Member
    What is the estimated impact velocity?
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 13,972 Senior Member
    Well, I gotta say, I'm impressed.....wow!
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,452 Senior Member
    Exit:






    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 6,661 Senior Member
    Well. . .you can either take steps to calculate the range and know your trajectory perfectly. . .

    . . .or you can just ask the deer to stand at your zero distance. :D
    WWJMBD?

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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,452 Senior Member


    I was always a fan of the Lapua but, never a "Fan Boy".  I'm here to tell you........I am in love with this rifle and cartridge now.

    The bullet gets high props as well.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,452 Senior Member
    What is the estimated impact velocity?

    2,460 fps
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,452 Senior Member
    Bigslug said:
    Well. . .you can either take steps to calculate the range and know your trajectory perfectly. . .

    . . .or you can just ask the deer to stand at your zero distance. :D

    If you ain't cheating.............you ain't trying.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 14,181 Senior Member
    That was freaking brutal. Knowing the real purpose of that rifle, that is quite a confidence booster.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,452 Senior Member
    That was freaking brutal. Knowing the real purpose of that rifle, that is quite a confidence booster.
    Don’t stand in front of me and do bad things. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 17,562 Senior Member
    That's my kind of exit wound B)
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Moderator Posts: 26,705 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    What is the estimated impact velocity?

    2,460 fps
    How does it stack up against the .338 RUM?
    "Attack rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, without rest, however tired and hungry you may be, the enemy will be more tired, more hungry. Keep punching." General George S. Patton
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,452 Senior Member
    knitepoet said:
    That's my kind of exit wound B)
    It assuredly put a hole in her!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,452 Senior Member

    Zee said:
    What is the estimated impact velocity?

    2,460 fps
    How does it stack up against the .338 RUM?
    Unfamiliar with that cartridge and it’s ballistics. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 14,181 Senior Member
    The RUM is essentially a ballistic twin to the Lapua.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 17,562 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska said "How does it stack up against the .338 RUM?"

    From what I can find, the 2 are quite similar in performance
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,452 Senior Member
    I know brass for both is rediculous in price!

    Makes me want to contemplate a .338-375 Ruger again. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 17,562 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    knitepoet said:
    That's my kind of exit wound B)
    It assuredly put a hole in her!
    And the blood trail for those 37 yards?

    I suspect 3 blind men with a deaf dog could have followed it.

    Yes, I realize that you probably watched her the entire trip, keep in mind, 37 yards around here can get one completely out of sight and into THICK stuff
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,452 Senior Member
    Yes, she left a significant blood trail. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 17,562 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    Yes, she left a significant blood trail. 
    I like it <3
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 4,167 Senior Member
    Looks pretty cost-effective to me. Reminds me of the 600 lb bison I shot with my .270. After I got it back from the processor, I had 125 lbs of meat. Seems the .338 Lapua cuts out the middleman.
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  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 6,138 Senior Member
    Looks pretty cost-effective to me. Reminds me of the 600 lb bison I shot with my .270. After I got it back from the processor, I had 125 lbs of meat. Seems the .338 Lapua cuts out the middleman.

    Where's the ROFL emoticon when I need it?
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  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 7,883 Senior Member
    That rifle sure does what it was designed for
    Great shooting and thank you for sharing the experience
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