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.338 Lapua vs Ballistics Gel in Slow Motion

.338 Lapua is one of the most powerful rifle cartridges available, and is very popular amongst extreme long distance shooters.

.338 Lapua is a beast of a round, capable of propelling large projectiles at great velocities. It has a maximum effective range of about 1,750 meters, that’s over a mile. It can have a muzzle velocity of over 3,000 feet per second and can shoot 285 grain projectiles, which corresponds to about 6,525 J (4,813 ft·lbf) of muzzle energy. It delivers almost twice as much energy as .308 and almost 4 times as much energy as 5.56. In short, it is a very powerful round that remains lethal out to extreme distances. The downside is that most .338 Lapua costs over $4 per round.

Bullet Theory Films destroys a ballistics gel block with their Christensen Arms .338 Lapua with a 285 grain projectile with a 60,000 frames per second slow motion camera.

The ballistics gel portion starts at about 1 minute 10 seconds.

Have you ever shot a .338 Lapua?

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