The Lapua Service Center: Test Ammo in Your Firearm

Lapua Service Center

Lapua now operates a testing facility that allows shooters to test the company’s rimfire rounds under highly controlled conditions.  The Lapua Service Center is located in Mesa, AZ, and is open to competitive shooters and shooting teams.

Lapua Service Center

With more than 2,000,000 rounds of rimfire ammo on hand, shooters can test different loads, and even different lots, in his or her firearm.  There is a 100 meter shooting tunnel with a state-of-the-art Meyton Elektroniks targeting system.  The system shows where each shot hits at both 50m and 100m.

The Mesa facility is modeled after the Lapua Servce Center in Germany.

Lapua Service Center




Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Samuel Suggs

    So this is desgined to attract rimfire competitors to this brand of ammo right?

    • Raven

      Loading your own rimfire ammo? I wasn’t aware such a thing was even possible.

      • Samuel Suggs

        well it isn’t done but it’s certainly possible all you must do is place the proper quantity primer compound in the base of a clean unused rim fire case then distribute that primer compound properly or likely as the hand loader thought best and then allow the whetted primer compound to dry following that you would simply pour the chosen quantity of powder into the case and then load the projectile in such a way as to not crush the base, this could be accomplished by supporting the body of the base in a precise chuck someone more exspearenced than I could work out the details. It’s not really a matter of if it’s possible but why it hasn’t been done already.

        • Samuel Suggs

          Alternately there are primed rim fire cases that exist for the purpose of shooting old obsolete rim fire firearms these are fiddly creations though they work and the further development of the concept might reveal now unrealized potential. this video demonstrates a kit used for these devices for the purpose of advertising an eBook this means that they are shy about reveling details however I suspect that the “work base” shown might provide a solution for the loading of projectiles into rimfire cases.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSa2TVsM_H0

          I appolgize for the unessary musical score

          • Giolli Joker

            So instead of using high quality commercial match ammo, we should use as a primer a cheap blank cartridge? :-P
            Kidding aside, Lapua “test range” seems very cool.

          • Samuel Suggs

            I said that that primed rimfire had pootential not that this vesion was going to win any competions any time soon

        • Raven

          If I remember what someone on another forum said, primer compound in rimfires is distributed by centripetal force (ie. the necessary amount is dropped into the case, which is then spun to distribute it). I mean, I guess you could theoretically do it with a power drill or something, but it’d be difficult.

          • Samuel Suggs

            The primer compound is distributed with centripetal force in
            the mass production setting however that is not necessary as in the past a wooden dowel was used to push the whetted primer compound into the hollow rim by pressing and rotating the dowel to force the slurry out of the center of the case displacing it into the rim. the formulation of the primer compound will be one of the points of debate as there are many ways to improve performance including the addiction of friction increasing additives like powdered silica and glass also the formulation of the compound itself varies widely however the availability of this component will likely be limited to what can be removed commercially available from pistol and rifle primers or formulated at home until someone finds a way to make it commercially available. Bye the way lead azide and fulminate of mercury can both be easily formulated as well as many other compounds useful in this role I don’t recommend it the acids alone make things go wrong real fast if you don’t take the proper precautions the steps that follow increase in danger to the point where you want to take the next step out of fear.

      • Doug

        If you really wanted something different you could pull the bullets down and load the primed cases with your choice of powder and bullet. You’d need custom dies, and custom swaged or cast bullets. Maybe you could even do turned solid copper.

        • Samuel Suggs

          Yes but velocity and ignition consistency can’t be controlled
          that with those factors alone. Currently precision competitors buy exceedingly high quality ammo then weigh each round and measure various specs in order to find a small number of virtually identical rounds in a batch the rest get used for practice the few that live up to the standard get used in the competition.