Originally Posted by Mr.Moa
Just got a new gun so it will be awhile before my next one. I'm looking at a good gun for longer shots like 700+ yard shots. Haven't shot over 300 but i don't have many places for much longer shots than my gun ranges 300 yard range. I would like to start shooting longer ranges to get more comfortable in the event i get to go some place where a long shot presents itself. But i need to start somewhere with a gun and its a good reason to buy a new one. I have thought about several options but still have room for more if you can dream one up for me. Not set on caliber but i'm thinking bout 300 win mag. i have a 308, 30-06, 270, 243 so something bigger would be nice. I would like to stick to a larger 30 cal or go up into a 338 caliber cartrige. And ill probably put a muzzle brake on so i can watch where my bullet hits.
1. Get a 300 win mag barrel for my new Thompson Center Encore Pro Hunter and have a brake put on. I like the 28 inch barrel for the extra velocity for farther shots. I would like a bolt action for a follow up shot though. This seems to be the cheapest way out.
2. Weatherby vanguard or SUB MOA and install a brake. I would probably drop a timney trigger in. my 30-06 vanguard shoots under half inch at 100 yards with factory ammo so I am a fan of weatherby. with a regular vanguard i might upgrade to a bell and carlson medalist stock. Or if i got the SUB MOA i would leave the stock on it because it's already upgraded.
3. Savage 111 long range hunter and do nothing. It comes with an adjustable brake. I don't know much about them but it has an accustock and from what ive heard the are a decent factory synthetic stock. there accutriggers are one of my favorite.
Like i said it will be a long time before this happens but I'm starting to plan ahead and still open to suggestions.
What you intend to hunt with it would be the first question.
With the little information you give above the list is literally endless.
I would take .270 off the list though immediately because it's very difficult to get high BC bullets for it and there are so many better options.
For anything larger than coyotes beyond 700yds, I'd also start with the 6.5 dia and move upward. Smaller diameters than that and you have weight/energy issues to deal with which make one shot kills on larger game problematic.