Re: Custom Long Range Deer Rifle for a Non-Handloader
Highly accurate, factory ammo, less or equal recoil to a 30-06 and flatter shooting than a 30-06 out to 500 yds?
IMO, he will need a smaller caliber. He will also need a cartridge that has alot of factory ammo varieties available (highly accurate may take some experimentation and trying different bullet weight/brands of ammo)
He will need to stay with 30-06 or bigger case capacity to get flatter shooting and less recoil, while using a lighter bullet at the same time. Faster velocities is the number one way to get flatter shooting out to 500 yds.
Therefore, I'd suggest 25-06 or 270. Both have alot of varieties and choices when it comes to factory fodder and both kick less than the 30-06. They are both based on the 30-06 case. Also, the 270 WSM and 280 are viable, along with the 7 WSM. I am not 100% sure, but I think the 25-06 and the standard 270 have more ammo choices available though.
My 25-06 with 100 gr Barnes TSX is "hold on hair" out to 400 if sighted in at 250 like you mention. It's still got plenty of pop left at 500 if the shot is broadside and the bullet's in the vitals.
There is alot of ammo available for the 7mm Rem Mag. I've shot some 7 mags, and they are an excellent long range gun. However, I felt that the recoil was quite a bit more than the 270's I have shot, and probably more than a 30-06 even.
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