Originally Posted by BlackSS
I'm in the process of ordering parts for a semi custom build.
This build is intended to be the biggest baddest gun in the safe.
With my current abilities and the time I have for practice I doubt I would ever attempt to take game at 1,000 yards, but I would like the gun to be capable of doing so.
So, with an absolute max of 1000 yards, on lets say elk to be aggressive, is something in the Edge / Lapua category really necessary?
Or would something with slightly less recoil and cheaper to shoot, say 7 STW or be enough for this kind of build?
How is barrel life of these smaller "ultra" magnums in the 7mm - .300 range.
I initially was trying to decide between Edge and Lapua (think I prefer Edge of the 2), but am now second guessing myself as to whether or not a 338 is totally overkill. I already have a 270 WSM that shoots very well, and want a marked stup up from that.
The best advice I can give is to look at the ft/lbs of all the rifles you are thinking about and
consider 1200 ft/lbs minimum at the point of impact (1000 yards). This will tell you what
cartridges and bullet combinations will work.
There are lots of cartridges that will kill an Elk at 1,000 yards but how far will/can they run is the
problem. 1500 ft/lbs is the recommended minimum energy for Elk but 1200 will work good.
A 338 is not necessary but they hammer Large game. the big 300s will also do a good job and even
though they may have the same energy they don't transfer it as well (Bigger is Better in this aspect).
If I were to make a recommendation it would probably be something like the 300 RUM if you are
not constantly shooting/Hunting at or over 1000 yards.
Just my opinion
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