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Old 02-05-2011, 09:58 PM
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Best Long Range Caliber

I am looking at having a rifle built in the next year or so (need to start saving). I am a deer hunter (good size whitetails and mulies). Maybe an elk or two in my future.

I am thinking 7mm Rem. Mag or 300 WMS. I want to stick to somewhat basic loads and not get into really unique calibers. I want a gun that will shoot solid out to 600 with capabilites to 1000 if I ever wanted. Prefer a decent muzzel velocity with a good BC while maintaining good knockdown power without a ton of recoil..

Thanks for the input.
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:05 PM
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Re: Best Long Range Caliber

The 300 Win Mag with 210 Bergers
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:10 PM
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Re: Best Long Range Caliber

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The 300 Win Mag with 210 Bergers
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my 300 wm sendero loves the 210s two. my 7mm mag sendero the 168s. would not shoot either without a vais.
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:38 PM
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Re: Best Long Range Caliber

My personal preferance would be any 300mag with Quality 180gr or bigger bullet (EX; Nosler Accubond, Barnes TTSX, or Berger etc...) specific to the critter and range you intend to shoot. The higher the B.C. and S.D. the better the down range energy, trajectory, and L/R performance. The 210Berger, like Broz indicated, will be hard to beat for dedicated long range work, and will lay the smack down on critters at any range inbetween.
Recoil has never been much of an issue for me, but I dont "enjoy it" either. I shoot my 338 win mag un-braked, with only a limb saver, quite comfortably, but I am having a brake installed on my 300 wby just cause... Combine a Quality brake (ex; Kirby's Pain Killer-"PK", Shawn Carlocks Defensive Edge-"DE", & Vias come to mind) and a Quality recoil pad (Limbsaver, Pachmeyer...) and recoil becomes a thing of the past even with harsh loads and heavy bullets.
Well theres my 2 cents. Good luck
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:19 AM
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Re: Best Long Range Caliber

Another vote for the 300 winmag with quality bullet.
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:40 AM
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Re: Best Long Range Caliber

How about a 7mm STW. A friend shoots one and it really gets out there and is very flat shooting.

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How about a 7mm STW. A friend shoots one and it really gets out there and is very flat shooting.

joseph

I am very fond of a 7mm. In fact the 7mm / 300 win with 180 Bergers is my favorite of the 7's. But the OP mentioned 1000 yards and Elk. Now there is no doubt that a 180 gr bullet well placed at 1000 will do the job on an elk. But I feel a lot better with the 210 and the extra energy it has for this job.

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