.458 Lott advise

Discussion in '.375 & Up' started by Rob 458, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. Mishigun

    Mishigun AH Member

    Nov 7, 2011
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    Hi, Rob 458.
    Congratulations on your new toy.
    A lot of things that had been said here is true. The Lott is a lot of gun. But, you do not have to be afraid of it. If the stock fits you well, and, if the rifle is not too light, you can handle it. If you handload, try to stick to the .458 Win Mag velocities (around 2050-20100 fps). The inventor of the cartridge did not mean to invent a bigger and more powerful bruiser, Jack Lott just wanted to have the cartridge that could perform up to the desired ballistics of the Win Mag. It is true, that the Lott cartridge can do much better than the Win Mag. But, if the rifle is too light, it will hurt. And, when you do not get much pleasure after the shooting session, why do you need it then? Every PH that is worth his salt will tell you, that it is much better to have a smaller bullet in the right place, than to have a big bullet in the guts.
    About the sights. This gun must have good solid open sights with a shallow V as the rear sight. But, there's nothing wrong with having this rifle scoped. Let me tell you 1 story. Being a gun writer I get sometimes invited to the places where not many mortals get invited. So, I once visited a factory of a very well known, and, one of the most expensive, European optics' manufacturers. It is great to visit places like that, very educational. So, I've been invited for a shooting session in the company's underground shooting range. And, after a while, the range boss brings out a factory Weatherby Mark V. You want to try it, the guy says. It was a .460 Weatherby. To cut the long story short, I asked him: Why there's a Leupold on that gun? And, there guy says: it's the only scope that this gun cannot break to pieces. It was a very old looking Leupold VariX-III 1,5-5x20 (with 1" tube), which is now a VX-3 1,5-5x20. I am not advertising for nobody. But, I've had very good luck with Leupold scopes on all kinds of rifles. With my very limited experience I had this scope on several rifles above the .375 bore. and, they all performed well. You can have one from SWFA for 400 bucks. And, it will beat much more expensive and bulkier European scopes at least in the strength and dependability department.
    More on the Lott. Some factory loadings produce an honest 2300 fps from the muzzle even with a 500 grain bullet. If you have a scope on this gun, you can take shots out to 200-250 yard distance. Of course, it's a cartridge for close work, but, you can use it on longer shots if you know the ballistics, and, if you are not afraid of the gun. One of the major advantages of Leupold scopes over any others is: they have the longest eye relief in the whole industry, and, it's a very important factor. If you get hit by a Leupold scope, it means that you have installed it wrongly, or, you have crawled the stock badly.
    Good luck, and, keep us all up to date.
  2. aussie hunter steve

    aussie hunter steve New Member

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    .458 Lott

    Hi Rob, noticed your post and wondered if you have a scope yet.... I have a Lott and have shot a lot of game with it, from rabbits to buffalo, both here in Australia and also in Africa. I have always used the same variable scope without problem for over 2000 rounds, although it took a couple of tries to get it mounted securely at first. I would advise using a scope without a belled objective lens. Obviously the lighter the scope the less strain on the mounts. The cartridge is capable of good accuracy and my BRNO 602 will shoot some loads sub-moa if I do my part. I have tried various bullets from 350gr - 550gr and have a few favorites because of their on game performance. And loads to go with them if you're interested. Reloading will save you a lot of $ and enable you to get a lot more shooting practice. I think recoil issues are a bit overstated, mostly by people with little experience so if you enjoy your rig - just use it!


    No sitting or scope at first till I figure things out and use some type of on body recoil padding but not a sand bag ( I would have never thought of putting a sand bag on my shoulder that a bit ridiculous ). I get all this but am confused about the parker stock issues ? mine has an OEM recoil pad that based on some comments is useless and/ or some cheek piece issue I should be aware of. Can I get more detail on how the stock is not right for the rifle and what kind of hardship is causes.

    Reloading ammo is not my thing but considering the cost it may become a future hobby of mine. All that's available in my area is the factory Hornady 500 gr DGS or DGX and even that's limited in supply.

    For flinching I always keep it aimed then pull the trigger so slow that I don't even know when the gun goes off and the surprise prevents flinching my accuracy. I do this with all rifles and even my bow release . Seems to work well for me when target shooting and when hunting the adrenalin rush keeps my mind off recoil altogether. I'm sure its the same for everyone though.

    If the weather and mail is on time will shoot this weekend with ambulance on stand-by. LOL !

    Thanks again you guys are a great help . With out asking I would have put the scope on first thing and may-be blacked my eye while trying to bench shoot.[/QUOTE]

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