Which rifle is better? There is no definitive answer. Both rifles shoot so well at extreme ranges that their accuracy is limited only by the shooter's data-book, wind-call, and ability to hold the cross-hairs steady while pressing the trigger. The TRG-42 is lighter and easier to carry, however, if both rifles were run over by a truck and I had to make a critical shot, I would choose the AWSM; it's the tougher rifle. For the money, the TRG-42 is cheaper at $4018 for the rifle with bipod and muzzle brake, compared to $5530 for an AWSM configured the same way.
* The author would like to thank Janne Pohjoispaa and Ray Sanchez for assistance with this article.
* TABLE 1 AI-AWSM TRG-42 Caliber .338 Lapua Magnum .338 Lapua Magnum Weight 15.1 lbs 11.25 lbs Overall Length 48.5 inches 47.25 inches Barrel Type Stainless, Cold-hammer forged Cut-rifled 5R Barrel Length 27 inches 27.125 inches Twist 1:11 1:12 Magazine 5-round single-stack 5-round double-stack single-feed single-feed Action 60-degree bolt 60-degree bolt