Barrett M98B .338 Lapua

    Barrett has announced their new bolt action Model 98 Bravo .338 Lapua mag rifle. Barrett has a dedicated website for the rifle but is very light on details.

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    Tactical Weapons reports that is weighs in at 16 pounds (including scope and empty magazine) and will deliver 0.5 MOA at 800 yards. Not too shabby.

    Defensive Review reports that it will feature an adjustable straight rearward pull trigger, 10+1 capacity and a 27″ 1:10 match grade barrel.

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    Those of you with a good memory will remember a previous .338 Lapua rifle from Barrett called the Model 98. This rifle is not based on that rifle, which was a semi-automatic.

    The rifle will be available in 2009.

    It will be very interesting to see how it stacks up against the incumbents: Sako TRG-42 and Accuracy International Arctic Warfare family of rifles.

    Last year the Marines were testing the .338 Lapua TRG-42. I wonder if Barrett has their eye on the Marines.

    UPDATE: Barrett have finally published info on the rifle:

    MSRP: $4495
    Weight: 13.5 pounds (6.12Kg)
    Overall Length: 49.75” (126.36cm)
    Barrel Length: 27” (68.58cm)
    Twist rate: 1 in 10 Right Hand Twist
    Scope Rail: 18.125” integral 1913 rail
    Safety: Manual Reversible, thumb lever

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