December 7th, 2009

.308 Lapua Palma — Lapua to Introduce a Small Primer .308 Winchester Variant

Adam Braverman of Nammo-Lapua just confirmed that Lapua, at the behest of the U.S. Palma team, has been quietly developing a NEW version of the .308 Winchester cartridge that has a small BR-style primer pocket. That’s right, this is no joke. Lapua has crafted small primer pocket .308 Winchester brass that will be introduced at SHOT Show in Las Vegas (Jan. 19-22).

The new .308 variant is identical to Lapua’s current .308 match brass with the exception of the primer pocket. The brass will be head-stamped “.308 Win Lapua Palma”.

FLASH HOLES: The flash-hole size for the current pre-production .308 Lapua Palma brass is 1.5mm (.059″), the same as Lapua 6mmBR and 220 Russian brass. Lapua spokesmen were not certain if the flash hole size will change for the regular production brass. Note: if you have a Redding .308 die, you can ask Redding for a smaller decapping rod tip (.057″) to use with the new brass.

Tests Reveal Better ES and SD with Small Primers
Initial tests of the small primer pocket .308 by U.S. Palma team members have been very promising. The small primer pocket case seems to have advantages in both accuracy and the ability to handle high-pressure loads. However, the primary improvement found with the smaller primer is reduced ES and SD. Palma Team members have found that, with almost every brand of primer tested (small vs. large), the smaller version has yielded reduced Extreme Spread and Standard Deviation. This pays dividends in 1000-yard shooting. Also, some testers believe that small primers are more consistent and require less sorting — and that there are more varieties of small primers that seem to work really well in the .308 case. Moreover, the small primer types are more uniform, from lot to lot, than are large primers, according to some testers. More info will follow later today.

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December 7th, 2009

High School F-Classer Sets National Junior Records

Mason Parker, a high school senior from Huntsville, Alabama, is the 2009 Junior F-Class National Champion. He also won the 2009 Alabama State Junior Service Rifle Champion. Sponsored by Lapua, and Sinclair International, Mason now holds multiple national junior records, and multiple junior titles. We expect him to win more matches and set more records in the years ahead.

Last month Mason set two new National Junior records. Mason reports: “On November 7-8, 2009, shooting off the Sinclair F-Class Bipod with my .308, I was able to finish as the Alabama Junior Mid-Range (300, 500, 600 yard) Champion. During this match, I was also fortunate enough to set two National records; a new 300-yard, 20-shot Junior F-T/R record, and a new 600-yard, 20-shot Junior F-T/R record.”

Mason Paker

Congratulations to Mason. That’s great shooting. Here’s a list of Mason’s notable 2009 accomplishments in the shooting sports. It’s quite an impressive collection of honors. We predict Mason will soon be giving the elite adult shooters a run for their money.

-2009 National Junior Champion F-Class – F-T/R
-National Record Holder Junior F-TR (1000 yard) – 2 National Records (including a 191-6X, beating the former record by 8 points).
-National Record Holder Junior F-TR National Match Aggregate – 1 National Record
-National Record Holder Junior F-TR (mid range) – 6 National Records
-National Record Holder Junior F-Open (mid range) – 3 National Records
-2009 Alabama 1000 yd F-Class (F-FTR) Junior Champion
-2009 Alabama Mid-Range Junior Champion
-2009 Regional Mid-Range F-Class (F-TR) Junior Champion
-2009 Regional Mid-Range F-Class (Open) Junior Champion
-2009 Alabama State Junior Service Rifle Champion

Pete Petros, Sales Supervisor with Sinclair Int’l, had a chance to meet Mason at the F-Class Nationals held at Camp Butner, NC in October. Pete reports: “Mason is a fine example of the future of competitive shooting. More young men like Mason or young women will help continue the long heritage of shooting as a sport in the United States and around the world”.

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