Originally Posted by GB87
Hi guys. I'm just starting to look into this long range shooting. I've owned a Remington model 700 7mm STW for about 12 years now that is all factory except for I've had the trigger adjusted down to about 3 1/2 pounds and up until this point I've always had a good friend reload for me. Im not sure on the powder he used but I've been using 160 grain Nosler partitions without a problem on deer and elk out to about 450 yards. He recently passed away so now I'm looking at getting into reloading for myself. My main hunting consists of deer and elk in Idaho and I'd love to be able to shoot out at 800 to 1000 yards. I know I will have to upgrade my current vari-x 2 30-49 Leupold but I'm not sure where else to begin. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!
Life gets tough fast when we lose friend's like that.
How does your rifle shoot with the ammo you are currently using?
The partition is a great bullet for shooting through tough critters at short to medium range but it's a low BS flat based bullet that was never intended for long range shooting so a bullet change is in order.
If you want to stick with Nosler Bullets move to the Accubond or Accubond LR. If not there are other very good choices out there. Personally as a rule I prefer the Hornady Interbond and interlock bullets and the Swift Scirocco II but there are a whole lot of guys that are happy with the Bergers.
Finding a bullet and load that shoots well in your rig is the key. Hitting exactly where you want is far more important in the long run than any other factor.
You didn't mention your optics, quality optics are essential once you start stretching your range beyond that usual 300-400yds max that most hunters will never exceed.
As for learning about reloading itself if you don't have someone to work with who can mentor you it's a tough haul. You might want to spend some time over on Youtube and at our own Reloading forum reading the existing threads and looking at videos and that will at least help.