New American Eagle 338 Lapua Magnum Load

338 Lap Mag

Federal Premium announced a new 338 Lapua Magnum load in the American Eagle line of ammunition at the 2015 SHOT Show in January. The new load uses a 250 grain jacketed soft point (JSP) and reloadable, brass cases. No velocity information was provided by Federal.

The ammunition will be sold in 20 round boxes. Federal advises the suggested retail price on a single box will be $66.95.

The 338 Lapua Magnum is one of several additions to the Federal Premium lines in 2015. Other loads include the 17 Winchester Super Magnum in the American Eagle line and the 380 ACP in the Personal Defense HST line.

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  • Ethan

    Well… A step in the right direction at least. I’d love to get into the long-range game without having to become independently wealthy first.

    • Axel

      .300 win mag, 7 rem mag, 6.5-.284, 280 AI ?

      • Ethan

        Good point. Correction – I’d like to get into the HEAVY long range game without becoming independently wealthy.

    • Nicks87

      I know what you’re saying but .338 isnt really a cartridge I would look at for long range. There are way better and cheaper options.

      • AK™

        .338LM is what the military snipers use,as well as .300 Win Mag,.308 Win and .50BMG.
        I would use a .338LM JSP on a moose up here in Alaska,even a bear if need be.

        I wonder the wear rates on the bore that the calibers Axel listed are..?

      • iksnilol

        Depends on how far you shoot. .338 is a good cartridge for long range (it was kinda designed for that). Not the cheapest but not the most expensive either. + the ammo and gun is much lighter than a .50 BMG.

      • Marc

        Depends on what you consider “long range”.

      • Nicks87

        I was assuming he meant competition. I dont know a lot of people that are hunting with .338 LM but I’m sure you could. It’s more of a tacticool, safe queen caliber. People that buy .338 rifles rarely have a need for such a weapon.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    This cartridge must be WAY more popular than I originally though if Federal is putting it out under their American Eagle brand… Wow..

  • David

    Am I wrong to think that 338LM shooters need extreme accuracy for long range targets and that American Eagle is not known as very accurate?