Long range shooters Ulf Lindroth and Thomas Haugland traveled to the Arctic Circle to perform a serious field test combining the new Blaser R8 in .338 Lapua Magnum and the new Zeiss Victory V8 4,8-35x60. Focusing less on technical details and more on practical limits, they tested the system in the fjords and mountains of northern Norway.
Initially they trim the system to deliver accuracy in the field, and then they have increased the distance and the difficulty of the test for practical shooting.
This is how it went:
Blaser, Zeiss and Norma - important facts about featured products:
NORMA .338 Lapua Magnum, 250 grs.
Developed by Lapua during the early 1980's as a military sniper cartridge, the .338 Lapua utilizes a modernized and strenghtened .416 Rigby case.
It has achieved considerable acclaim in sniping circles, particularly in Afghanistan, and has become a firm favorite of the "tactical" crowd at the various ELR (Extreme Long Range) matches around the world.
Those who wish for a flat shooting, hard hitting rifle that is effective on game like bear and moose out to 500 m will find that the .338 Lapua delivers. Norma Match is available in different variants and bullet weights. Find out more about Norma ammunition on their website (see below).
ZEISS Victory V8 4,8-35x60
The Zeiss Victory V8 4,8-35x60 is available in two variants reticle:
First reticle 60 with extremely fine, bright red dot, which is on all models in the second image plane and guarantees a constant fine reticle all over the magnification range.
And second reticle 43 with red dot. The finest illuminated dot in the world covers at maximum magnification not more than 2mm in a distance of 100m. At 30x magnification the characteristic dots of the reticle are exactly 10cm at 100m.
The new Zeiss Victory V8 riflescopes are expected to be available from September 2015th. The MSRP is between 2.990 € and 3.295 €.
BLASER R8 Long Range in .338 Lapua Magnum
It's amazing what can be achieved with the right rifle, excellent aiming optics and premium ammunition. A scattering circle less than 10cm at a distance of 1.000 (!) meters, unbelievable, but not a single case with the .338 Lapua Magnum.
Even incredible reports about hits at a distance of more than 2.500 (!) meters can be found on the internet.
But we won’t comment those reports because of the military background. That shows what is technically possible with this combination of the rifle, ammunition and scope.