View Full Version : Sako TRG 22 vs. 42???

02-01-2009, 10:21 AM
So here's the situation. I'm all set to buy a Sako TRG in the next few weeks, but I still have yet to decide whether I want to go with the 22 (chambered for .308 Winchester) or the 42 (chambered for .300 Winchester Magnum). I don't know anyone personally who owns either of these, and I've only been able to find online reviews for the 22. I've heard one complaint about the 42 being less accurate in this platform, but I think that could've been a result of poor reloading and using a smaller grained bullet. So I'd like to hear back from some people who've had experience with one, or preferably both, of the TRG's. Anything you've got would be much appreciated, thanks!

PS- I know the 42 also comes in the .338 Lapau Magnum, but due to the price/hard to find nature of the ammunition I'm not considering it.

02-01-2009, 11:56 AM
What are you going to use it for?

If this is your first long-range rifle, I'd follow Zak Smith's advice from his website (http://demigodllc.com/articles/practical-long-range-rifle-shooting-equipment/) and start with a .308. He also has a review of the .338LM TRG-42 on his site.

02-01-2009, 12:30 PM
This rifle will be used for long range target shooting (minimum 800-1200 yards). I already own several other long range rifles (including .308 & .300), but I'm trying to figure out which caliber is the best for this specific platform.

02-01-2009, 6:27 PM
Why not the TRG-42 in .338? I would think the .338 would hit harder and flatter at 1200 yds... That's what I would like to get when funds become available.


02-01-2009, 7:58 PM
I don't think 308 are made for 1000-1200 yards shots. If chart is correct, you need to hold point of aim 20' above target at 1000 yards

02-01-2009, 8:14 PM
What shooting range do you have access to for long range shooting?

Do you plan on reloading?

308 isn't suitable for 1200 yards.

02-02-2009, 4:12 PM
To Greenspartan117: As stated earlier the .338, due to it's cost and scarcity, isn't economical.

To ohsmily: I have access to several private properties with more than enough space for long range shooting. Due to my work schedule, I'm unable to reload as often as I'd like so I'll most likely be shooting out of the box.

Again, I'm just looking for any info people have regarding these two rifles, in terms of reviews/critiques/etc. For my purposes I would like to go with a slightly higher BC .300, but as I stated earlier, I've heard rumors about the TRG 42 actually being less accurate than the TRG 22. So whatever you've heard about these two, please let me know!

02-02-2009, 4:53 PM

02-02-2009, 4:55 PM
300wm. The TRG platform is very elegant but LIGHT compared to a Artic Warfare... I love the 300wm cartridge, aka 7.62 x 67.5mm NATO by those who wear Flektarn :)

You'll want the muzzle brake (trust me!) and if you can get the bipod, it's just too cool. But with that said, I think the AWM's are a tougher cat overall, though the grip on the TRG is nicer.

Fwiw, 338LM in the TRG is just too much for that platform, imho.

02-02-2009, 5:49 PM
Fwiw, 338LM in the TRG is just too much for that platform, imho.

In what way? As in the rifle is too light? Or are you saying the action/platform is not robust enough to contain the 338LM?

02-02-2009, 7:07 PM
In what way? As in the rifle is too light? Or are you saying the action/platform is not robust enough to contain the 338LM?

Rifle is too light imho, especially with 300gr ammo. Almost tolerable with 250gr. But I am not one who likes alot of recoil to begin with. But with that said, my shooting buddy who LIKES to shoot his magnum Remington 700, agreed that it was almost painful to shoot more than a few rounds, even with muzzle brake.

Even swapped the factory brake to a JP "tank" brake. It was better, but still no fun.

Here it is circa 2004, she's gone now.

Jeni Talwart
02-20-2009, 6:58 AM
I bought the .338 in November and dropped a nightforce NXS on the Picatinny and the CCG bipod.

This weapon is unbelieveable. I can drill shot on top of shot at 200 yrds. My last time out = 4 holes in the target after 20 rounds in a 1.5 inch group. Sick!

Jonathan Doe
02-20-2009, 8:29 AM
I have shot TRG 42 in 338 Lapua mag and I liked it. It was accurate also.

02-20-2009, 9:19 AM
Any way you look at it, the .308 just doesn't have enough power for the range that you want to shoot(800-1200 min). I'm assuming you want to shoot past these distances as well. If the .308 and 300wm are your only two choices, then obviously 300wm. Reloading really isn't hard at all, and doesn't have to be time consuming. Once your set up, it takes me about an hour to reload 60-80 rounds in .338 lapua. Bout $1.25 a round. The .338 would be much more well suited for what your talking about. Have fun with the 300WM...