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Old 10-20-2010, 05:26 PM
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Best Long Range Setup

For a guy who is serious about hunting and doesn't mind spending for the best. What are the best setups you know of in a hunting weight rifle. We hear and see on forums, TV, etc all kinds of figures. Just wanted to know what all the guys on here see as the best long range rig light enough to carry on a days hunt in the hills.

I have many long range rifles but am not a guru on it for sure being an engineer by trade and a hobby gunsmith. Some of my best would be my 300 ultramag shooting the 177 grain GS bullet with a .638 BC right at 3500 fps. My favorite 338-378 wby shooting the 225 grain Rocky Mountain bullet with a .773 BC at around 3500 fps is pretty good at long range and is flat out amazing to me. I have a few others but want to know what all you guys can come up with as the best long range setup.

With all my big boomers I flat out enjoy shooting my little 243 AI's at long range. Little noise, no recoil and cheap to shoot it is just a pleasure. So it doesn't have to be a big boomer to be fun. But for large big game I guess it has to be a big boomer, or does it?

Thanks in advance for your responses.
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:07 PM
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Re: Best Long Range Setup

Sorry but long range and carry rifle don't go hand in hand for me. I have my long range rifles at 14-15lbs. Now a 5-10mile walk in the flats of ND these rifles can start to get heavy, I can't imagine what they would feel like in the hills.


Now for my main carry rifle for deer sized game I am building a 260.

Defiance action
HS bottom metal
Brux light palma contour barrel fluted 26"
Mcmillan HTG with adjustable cheek piece
Leupold VXIII CDS 4.5-14
Shilen trigger to SSG specs.

I plan on using the 260 for a carry rifle and some medium range shooting, say out to 800yds. If I like the feel of the rifle I will build one in a larger caliber for larger game, more than likely another 284 Jazz.

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Old 10-20-2010, 06:11 PM
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Re: Best Long Range Setup

That is a good point, thanks. I think this could be interesting and informative.
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:20 PM
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Re: Best Long Range Setup

LTLR, this is one of the best threads I have seen in a long time. I can't wait to see some of the opinions. Especially since I have been struggling with which direction I should be going for my build. To late for the first one, but not for the second.


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Old 10-20-2010, 06:32 PM
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Re: Best Long Range Setup

I do love the 243 Ackley. It is one of my "goto" rifles and is the one that gets used the most. It has replaced my 6.5x47 Lapua for now.

My "goto" boomers:

338 Edge 14LBS
7mm WSM 10LBS
243 one is 10lbs, one is 13lbs

With the exception of barrel lengths and contours, all rifles have the same stock, trigger, mag setup, etc. That way I can switch and they all feel the same.
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Re: Best Long Range Setup

I get the feeling your itching to drive the nail in a coffin, or make a point of some kind, but Ill bite.....
For now I have my 300wby, and my 338win mag for my "boomers" and they give me great "extended range", and serve well as all purpose hunting rifles that can effectivley extend my range on big critters, while still being at a reasonable weight for packing in Snake River Canyon country.
But Im torn between going the route of a 338 rum for my next L/R rig in a cary weight rifle, or going a bit heavier and having a full on custom with the 338Edge. I love L/R shooting and hunting, but I still have to have a rifle thats packable in the hills, even if that limmits my L/R capability to some degree for reaching way out there.
I found a few places this year where 1300+ would be very doable with the right rifle, and where you could even pack a shooting bench to if needed. Too bad my ability and my tools havent caught up to my immagination yet huh
But for the most part I gotta cover nasty country to get where I like to be.... ALONE with the critters, where few would consider following, to truly enjoy myself while hunting, so right now Im leaning toward the 338Rum on my Model-70 action.
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Re: Best Long Range Setup

For me I'm building currently building 1 of 3 rifles I have (semi) planned.

Current build in progress is a 6.5mm that will push 140s to 3400fps+ in a 26" bbl should weigh in at around 8-9lb finished. This is deer medicine to 1000yards (what I will use it for) hogs and varmints to 1400 (will take spotter shots and only in excellent conditions before shooting at hogs or any large animal
over 1000yards).

For a dedicated ELR (1000yards+) a 14-17lb 375 Allen Magnum is the optimal rifle IMO. For those very long shots a couple extra pounds helps steady the
rifle and also balance out the heavy barrel.

Then a carry gun would be a 6BR build on a mini-mauser with a lone wolf stock and
leupold ultralight scope.

I also have a 13lb 300 ackley magnum for intermediate LR.

That covers most everything for my styles of hunting. I would enjoy having a selection of 7-10lb rifles as those are usualy the best balance of range vs mobility for me.
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