Re: Best Long Range Setup
The rifle I find myself using the most is a 7mm Allen Mag with the 200 grain Wildcat ULD RBBT. This rifle is built to be a medium weight carry rifle and weighs about 10 lbs scoped. It was obviously built by Kirby on a Nesika action, #5 contour , 26", 1-9 twist barrel, McMillan Varminter stock, PK slim muzzlebrake. It is topped with a US Optics SN-3 3.2-17x44 scope.
I will limit myself to about 1000 yards with this rifle due to it being a little lighter; however, that is due to my own limitations. With a muzzle velocity right at 3200 fps and a bullet with a BC of .850, I don't have to worry about dial-ups out to 450 yards with a 250 yard zero. 1000 yards is just 14.7 moa in my typical hunting conditions. Recoil is very light due to the PK muzzlebrake, so spotting my own shots is not a problem.
As far as results go, this rifle has killed a pretty wide range of animals including moose, elk, mule deer, and dall sheep at varying ranges from 90 to 750 yards. The 7mm AM with the 200 grain Wildcat ULD RBBT is a deadly combination and has resulted in quick, humane kills.
For longer range work, my 338 Allen Express has worked very well for me. It is based on a BAT action, McMillan A5 stock, Lilja #7 contour, 26", 1-10 twist barrel, PK muzzlebrake and Jewel trigger. The rifle is topped with a US Optics SN-3 3.8-22x44 scope. The rifle, scope, sling, and Atlas bipod weigh around 15.5 lbs. It launches the 300 SMK at 2950 fps. I was able to anchor an elk at 1150 yards with this rifle this year.
For ELR, I have a 338 Allen Mag on the way which I hope will push my effective range to the next level, but it will be more of a specialty weapon, and I don't see myself hunting with this rifle except under special circumstances. I typically hunt steep, rugged country and a 20 mile day is not unheard of. I think that is why the 7mm Allen Mag is the rifle I tend to use the most.