New .308 Lapua Palma


Accurate Shooter reports that Lapua will soon introduce a .308 Winchester case that uses small primers instead of large rifle primers.

Adam Braverman of Nammo-Lapua just confirmed that Lapua, at the behest of the U.S. Palma team, has been quietly developing a NEW version of the .308 Winchester cartridge that has a small BR-style primer pocket. That’s right, this is no joke. Lapua has crafted small primer pocket .308 Winchester brass that will be introduced at SHOT Show in Las Vegas (Jan. 19-22).

Apparently small primers are more consistent than large primers and therefor more accurate. It won’t be long till we see wildcats based on this case.

More info at Accurate Shooter.

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  • http://www.thegunzone.com/556dw.html Daniel E. Watters

    Remington offered something similar for a while. However, it wasn’t marketed for use as a .308. Instead, it was intended to be used by handloaders to fabricate the shorter .22 BR and 6mm BR cases.

    Some wildcatters did use the full-length case. One example was the .22 CHeetah. (The capital ‘CH’ indicates the creators, gunwriter Jim Carmichel and RCBS founder Fred Huntington.)

  • Brad

    I presume this cartridge would function in ordinary .308 Winchester caliber rifles?

    If so, a similar small pocket primer .243 Winchester cartridge would be a good seller, IMHO.

  • Matt Groom

    This is interesting, and I think there may be something too the small rifle primer thing. They’ve done it on the 6.5 Grendel (7.62×39 case), the 6.8 SPC (.30 American case), and now the .308. I wonder if most .308 rifles will work with such a case though. The firing pins are bound to be larger in diameter and longer in protrusion than a rifle or action designed for Small Primers, which could lead to punched primers. Vee j’al zee!