Originally Posted by GibsonKuenzi
First post here, ive been doing a lot of reading and i love the site!
Im a Deer and Elk hunter in the Northwest and im trying to do a 600 yard gun on a budget until i have the money to upgrade to what I want for the future.
Currently I have a tikka T3 in a .270 Win with a leupold Vx3 3.5-10x40.
Im looking for opinions on how to best set this gun up for under 600 Yard shots on deer, elk and black bear.
Currently i do not reload so i want to get into reloading for this caliber right now, and expand to other calibers later.
My questions are what bullet would you recommend for a .270 win if im reloading?
What are the best/most cost effective modifications i can do to my tikka to increase its accuracy?
Is it stupid to try this with a .270 win or would it be better to build it to a .270 weatherby mag or completely different caliber?
Finally, Can my Leupold VX-3 be upgraded for LR hunting or would i be better off buying a completely different scope?
Thanks a lot for the help in advance and once again i realize that this is not the "Ideal" Gun for 600 yard shots on deer/elk/black bear, but until i can afford to upgrade and do it right, i would like to use this gun.
You're already there. Just take it out and shoot it. You might want to add a muzzle brake though just to be able to see your impacts at all ranges which will help you a great deal especially if you shoot alone.
Out to 600yds it's nothing but marksmanship. From there on out is where things get complicated and then more complicated and then very complicated.
Set it up to where you are comfortable and shooting 1-2moa max at 100yds and then 600 is just a drop chart and range finder away. Find yourself a decent 1 MOA load if you can, if you can't then 2MOA will still get the job done.
As others suggested if you want to stay with your original scope just get a custom turret or get leupold to install you an M1 elevation turret and you'll be good to go.
Of course once you master that you'll go completely nuts wanting to "upgrade" it to the point of .25moa if at all possible and then you can really blow a wad of money.