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Old 12-07-2013, 04:12 PM
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Bullet suggestions for Marco Polo

As the title says I'm going on my only trip to Kyrgyzstan for Marco Polo and Ibex. One of my top 3 most wanted trips/animals! I am planning to take my 7mm SAUM that the smith is finishing up in the next week or so. Looking for suggestions on bullet choice. I leave Feb 15th.
Shot ranges are expected to be 200 to 600 yards. I hope to feel confident out to 800 yards, if needed. I need a bit of trigger time/instruction to get confident to 1000. Barrel on the SAUM is 25 inches and has been titanium nitrided.
I had thought to use the 175 gr LRAB's, but am having some second thoughts based on the experiences some are having. I also have 168 and 180 gr Bergers on hand as well as 168 gr LRAB's. Plus I'll buy anything available that might work better.
Should be able to push the 175-180's over 2900 fps and I'm hoping over 2950. The 168's have hit 3000 fps with my former SAUM.
So the big question. If you were going what bullet would you choose and why?
I know that sheep are generally not exceptionally difficult to kill. On the other hand Ibex is also on the menu and they are a bit tougher. Both of these could exceed 300 lbs. Thanks for the help. Bruce
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Old 12-07-2013, 07:01 PM
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Re: Bullet suggestions for Marco Polo

I would go with the 180's if they shoot well. I am a fan of the larger for caliber bullets but you will probably get a lot of different opinions. Are you able to seat the 180's out far enough to not take up powder space and still fit them in the magazine? If so, I would go with the 180's. If not then I would move down to the 168's.
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:00 PM
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Re: Bullet suggestions for Marco Polo

Rifle is being built so as to be able to seat bullets out a ways. Should be plenty of powder capacity. Bruce
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:55 PM
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Re: Bullet suggestions for Marco Polo

You are cutting it close! Feb will be hear before you know it. I agree that the 180s would be my first choice for bullet selection. I would be more concerned with getting as much time behind the trigger on the new rig and developing an accurate load.
Sounds like a great trip. Can't wait to see pictures and read a review.
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Old 12-07-2013, 09:22 PM
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Re: Bullet suggestions for Marco Polo

I would take the 180 berger and just say it is the best thing on the table at the current time for what you are doing. It seems every marco polo hunt I have seen is pretty wide open country. You hit the chances of a follow up shot are great. But I would say the 180 berger would be loaded for me.
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Old 12-07-2013, 09:23 PM
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Re: Bullet suggestions for Marco Polo

Yeah...for sure some pictures and a detailed story. Marco Polo sheep is number 1 on my list of things to get done before I keel over.
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Old 12-07-2013, 09:28 PM
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I would think the 162 amax would work very well. It has worked awesome for me this season out of my 284 win at 2860 fps MV.
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