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.338 Lapua Magnum vs Coyote At Long Range

Watching the .338 Lapua Magnum in action is a treat. This is one sweet rifle and it’s awesome at long distance shooting. In the video, the guy watches a coyote approach, takes aim and with one single well placed shot, drops the predator in it’s tracks. Usually there is some movement by the animal in it’s death throes, but not this time.

The unsuspecting coyote had no idea what was in store for him. I don’t even think that the animal even heard the shot. I’m going to have to look into getting one of these rifles for myself. After inspecting his kill, the shooter gets a good look at the wound on the animal. After seeing what the weapon did to the coyote, maybe the .338 is just a little bit overkill, but, dead is dead and really, isn’t that the desired outcome ?

Wikipedia has this to say about the .338 Lapua Magnum :

“The .338 Lapua Magnum (8.6×70mm or 8.58×70mm) is a rimless, bottlenecked, centerfire cartridge developed for military long-range sniper rifles. The Afghanistan War and Iraq War made it a combat-proven round with ready and substantial ammunition availability. The .338 Lapua is a dual-purpose, anti-personnel and anti-materiel round, but its anti-materiel potential is limited, due to the bullet’s lower kinetic energy compared with that of the .50 BMG’s 35.64-to-55.08-gram (550.0 to 850.0 gr) projectiles.

The loaded cartridge is 14.93 mm (0.588 in) in diameter (rim) and 93.5 mm (3.68 in) long. It can penetrate better-than-standard military body armour at ranges up to 1,000 metres (1,090 yd) and has a maximum effective range of about 1,750 metres (1,910 yd). Muzzle velocity is dependent on load and powder temperature, and varies from 880 to 915 m/s (2,890 to 3,000 ft/s) for commercial loads with 16.2-gram (250 gr) bullets, which results in about 6,525 J (4,813 ft·lbf) of muzzle energy.”

Here is the video, if you are squeamish and don’t like the sight of dead animals, then you may not want to watch this.

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