I have really enjoyed reading the posts on this forum!
I must say however as an owner of many long range rifles, I have been drawn back time after time to the ballistics and the performance of my 7 Remington Ultra Mag. I have had my action re-chambered to a 7 Tejas Ultra Mag
. This squares the shoulder and allowes for around 5% more powder. However, I am back to what works best with the least amount of pressure.
I believe anyone who does not shoot the 180 Berger VLD
in this caliber is absolutely crazy. Of course, I have a custom 26" PacNor barrel, but it should not matter. I am loading it at 3.670 O.A.L. or 2.970 on the ogive to make sure it fits in the magazine. I have been lucky to not have to seat into the lands as my accuracy is 7/16 or better at 100 yds. and sub moa at 1000 yds!!!
93.5 grains of Retumbo (3190 fps)
180 Berger VLD Hunting Bullets
Federal 215 Match PRimers
Hornady custom competition dies(reamed for the Tejas)
Do not waste your time with any other powder as they are way to tempeture sensitive. I tried US869, H1000, and Re 25, non of them produce the speed and accuracy of Retumbo!!!
Make sure to sight your gun in at a minimum of 500 Yds and work your drop charts from the longer ranges. I have used both the turrets and nightforce ballistic software. They are both sufficient to make kills at extreme long range. I would also highly recommend a Co-Sign indicator
for elevation shots.
This set up in my opinion is proved to be the best long range set up period!!!
I know there are many calibers out there. I also shoot a 300 RUM, 30-378 Weatherby and 25-06 Rem. Love them all, but the first gun I grab when going big game hunting is the 7 Tejas! My best friend just dropped his cow elk at 1240 yds
Good Luck, hope this helps...