Building a long range big game rifle, suggestions?
I am going to build a rifle I can hunt with and shoot out to around a mile. I have a .408 C.T. but do not think it is accurate enough for what I am looking to do. I have done a lot of long range shooting in the Marine Corps with .308's and .50's.
Caliber: I am looking at the .30-.378 Weatherby. I do not care what the rifle weighs within reason, hoping for 25 pounds or less. Any other sugggestions on caliber? I would like it to have enough poop to kill an elk at extreme ranges.
Bullets: I am looking at everything from Lost river bullets to Berger VLD's and the Sierra MK 190-220. I do not know much about the Lost river stuff, with the B.C's they claim, might be too good to be true.
Barrel: I have used pac-nor barrels for a long time, like them a lot. Open to to other suggestions. I think the 3/3 land and groove deal may be a good thing with a .30-.378. 34in?
Action: Open to suggestions, do not mind a single shot.
Gunsmith: I have always built my own rifles, but with something like this I think it may be best to have more of an expert build it. Looking for a package deal; rifle, dies, etc.
Thanks for any help.
USMC Scout Sniper 88-94
Instructor 1st. Mar. Div. SS school 91-94