I bought this rifle a number of years ago and am now looking at starting to use it for hunting more than just hogs. I'd like to see how far out I can take it on paper accurately before I take it afield on game animals. I read through all of the threads that appeared pertinent in the 24 pages of this part of the forum, which was helpful, but I'm still interested in picking your brains for more specific advice. My rifle is an 18.5" Fulton Armory Titan FAR-308 (probably should have gone with the 22", but the 18.5" fit my needs at the time better). I have a 30mm Bushnell Elite 2.5-10X50mm mounted on a Larue 5/8" riser on it now. I believe the scope has about 50 MOA of elevation adjustment, as I recall. I also have a discontinued Vortex Crossfire 4-16X50mm with 100 MOA sitting unused that could be thrown on it. The Smith Ent. Vortex flash suppressor has been replaced with a JP Enterprises muzzle brake
, but, otherwise, it's still pretty much the same as my old photo below. I have done some plinking around the ranch out to a few hundred yards with this rifle, but want to push it a little harder. I usually shoot a bunch of 150gr Remington UMC ammo that I bought in bulk a while back at under $8/box, but have just about turned it all into brass now. I still have a number of boxes of Black Hills 168gr BTHP around and was planning to reload most of my brass with 180gr Sierra GameKings. The SGK seems like a good compromise between BC and expansion properties at the velocities on the outer end of my range, as well as something I'll likely load in my .30-06, as well.
I'm planning to get a PRI 20 MOA Picatinny Rail to replace the Larue riser that I had sitting around when I received the rifle. The PRI is reasonably priced, which is important to me since this isn't one of my primary long range rifles, and I don't want to sink a ton of cash into something I use here and there. I'm open to competitively priced alternatives that you might suggest, too. Once I can zero with the scope I have and figure out how much usable adjustment I still have left and what my chosen round's velocity is, I will know whether the scope is going to cut it or not. I've looked at some Burris and Vortex alternatives with 60-100 MOA adjustment, and am open to alternatives here in the under $500 range, too. Unfortunately, I'm overseas right now and don't have an opportunity to develop my loads and zero for a number more months and have a hunting trip coming up shortly after I return, so I'm trying to glean as much information from the experience here as I can beforehand. Besides hogs, I'll likely hunt whitetails, occasionally, and red stag. With something as large as red stag, I was thinking of using a lot more rifle, but after watching all the Kiwis hunting them with suppressed .243s, I figure the .308 unsuppressed can do the job.
Besides alternative MOA bases and scopes, would other bullets be recommended? I'm open to any other suggestions based on your experiences. Thanks.