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Unread 08-18-2008, 05:37 PM
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1000+ yard deer hunting

whats the best 1000+ yard deer hunting rifles?in what caliber and what grain bullet?any suggestions
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Unread 08-18-2008, 05:57 PM
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Re: 1000+ yard deer hunting

If I were having a custom rifle built for deer only, I'd definitely have Kirby build me a 7mm Allen Magnum and shoot the heaviest-highest BC bullet I could find.

Off the shelf, a 300Rum is a pretty nice rifle for deer.

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Unread 08-18-2008, 06:10 PM
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Re: 1000+ yard deer hunting

That question is way to broad and general to be answered simply. If you wait long enough you will get a ton of different answers and opinions.

But, I would say that it would be a rifle/scope/cartridge combo that is stable, accurate, repeatable and has the horsepower to push a high BC bullet as flat as possible and retain enough velocity and energy with a properly designed bullet to make a killing shot at that yardage. Remember also that in addition to the gun you will need the best rangefinder, weather acquisition system and portable software or valid range data to go along with the gun.

There are many combos that would, could and do provide what is needed to make consistent kills on deer sized animals at 1000 yards but you must also remember that conditions at the time of the shot would dictate if the shot would even be taken or not. That 1000 yard capable combo may be limited to 300-400 yards under adverse conditions.

I personally use a 7mm AM with 200 grain bullets. Others would say a big 338 such as the 338 AM but still all of the above criteria have to be met to be a consistent 1000 yard hammer on deer sized animals.;)

Also, remember that no matter whether or not you go out and plop down the big bucks to get such a gun, you still have to have the personal skills and experience to be able to make the shot.
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Unread 08-18-2008, 06:22 PM
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Re: 1000+ yard deer hunting

a 7 rem mag with a 150 btip would do it just fine.
Derek M.
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Unread 08-18-2008, 07:03 PM
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Re: 1000+ yard deer hunting

You'll probably get a different opinion from every poster on the site so here's mine:

7 STW or 7 RUM with Berger 180gr VLD
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Unread 08-18-2008, 07:22 PM
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Re: 1000+ yard deer hunting

I would choose a 7mm STW with a 28" barrel or a 300 RUM. I you are looking for an accurate budget rig (by long range standards) you may want to look into rebarreling a savage action "accutrigger" with a Shilen select Match grade barrel. They only cost approx $300 to rebarrel and really shoot lights out with out any gunsmithing. You will almost certainly want to pick a stock out also.
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Unread 08-18-2008, 11:22 PM
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Re: 1000+ yard deer hunting

You don't need anything super duper fancy. If you only knew how many "non-magnums" I have seen plunk 'em right down in there at 1000 yards!

Basically, you need a semi-frangible bullet about 100 grains or more with a bc of about .45 minimum going about 3000 fps minimum and you'll be able to kill any deer you want.

The trick is how good are you at reading wind? My above mimimum example does not leave a lot of room for error in the wind department. If you haven't got much experience with it, a super high bc bullet going sufficient velocity will afford you more forgiveness. But not everyone can OR wants to shoot a firebreathing dragon caliber with 300 grain bullets and SHAME on any gunsmith or outfit that forces this kind of thing on a novice shooter! If you're flinching, your missing. It's that plain and simple. A 15 year old girl with an accurate .243 win is way more deadly than a flinching macho man with his "super magnum"!
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