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Old 11-07-2009, 09:52 PM
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Custom Rifle Build Need Some Info

I am having a custom tactical rifle built from nighthawk tactical. I'm really having a hard time deciding on the caliber to go with. I know the 300 mag is a very accurate round and may be the caliber i go with but i'm not set on it yet. I'm also thinking of the 300 RUM and the 338 RUM. I already have a 375 RUM in a 700 Rem XCR that i load with 260 gr accubonds and 96 gr of IMR 4350 and i would like to think that with that load and the MK IV 8.5x25x50 leupold that i could take big game at 1000 yds. However, i think that with that big of a round my accuracy may have went down. Any and all help i can get i'd sure appreciate it.
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Old 11-08-2009, 09:16 AM
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I am having a custom tactical rifle built from nighthawk tactical. I'm really having a hard time deciding on the caliber to go with. I know the 300 mag is a very accurate round and may be the caliber i go with but i'm not set on it yet. I'm also thinking of the 300 RUM and the 338 RUM. I already have a 375 RUM in a 700 Rem XCR that i load with 260 gr accubonds and 96 gr of IMR 4350 and i would like to think that with that load and the MK IV 8.5x25x50 leupold that i could take big game at 1000 yds. However, i think that with that big of a round my accuracy may have went down. Any and all help i can get i'd sure appreciate it.
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Old 11-08-2009, 11:02 AM
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Re: Custom Rifle Build Need Some Info

Need more info. What is the purpose of the rifle? Yes the 375 ultra will kill anything at 1000 yards. Must know what the intended purpose is though before making any recomendation. Long range targets, long range hunting, if long range hunting then what animals. Many, many choices. Do you want the fastest meanest thing out there for your purpose or do you have other things to consider.
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Old 11-08-2009, 12:40 PM
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Need more info. What is the purpose of the rifle? Yes the 375 ultra will kill anything at 1000 yards. Must know what the intended purpose is though before making any recomendation. Long range targets, long range hunting, if long range hunting then what animals. Many, many choices. Do you want the fastest meanest thing out there for your purpose or do you have other things to consider.
Well I really want a good all around round, which may be impossible. I'd like for it to be a good gun to take hunting long range for deer and elk, if i go bear hunting i plan on taking the 375 ultra. But i'd like to be able to keep up with the folks at the range to, not cutting the same hole but a decent round. I've pretty much convinced myself to go with the 300 wm. It ain't going to knock something off its feet on out there but it will get the job done and be an accurate round to do it with. Plus the 300 would be easier on the barrell and on my wallet than some of the other ones i've been considering. Your thoughts? Thanks for the help.
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Old 11-09-2009, 10:47 AM
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If you want a true 1000+ yd rifle I would look at cartridges like the 300 RUM, 338 RUM/Lapua/Edge. The easiest two on your wallet will probably be the 300 RUM and 338 RUM and are both as about a good all around rifle as you will get. My first recomendation would be the 300 RUM. You can get them in the factory Sendero platform which is usually a great shooter right out of the box - am very happy with mine. HS aluminum bedded stock and heavy varmit Sendero contour barrel. When your barrel burns out you have a great platform for a rebarrel build.

The 375 RUM comes up a little short for 1000 yd hunting because of the lack of high BC bullets available (i.e. 260 AB), which run out of velocity down range. I've seen in some other threads that there are some wildcat/custom bullets available with higher BC's. The 300 WM also comes up a little short of 1000 yds with most bullet/load combinations. The 300 RUM will get you about 300 fps more velocity than the WM which is good for about 250 yds more range. On barrel life you can probably expect about 1000 rounds out of the RUM and 1500 out of the WM if shooting max loads.

If your interested in the 300 WM, you might consider the 300 WSM which is very close to the WM in performance, and in fact I can get better performance than a WM from my WSM using RL17. The 300 WSM has much longer barrel life - up to 4000 rounds.

A good 30 cal bullet that will make the 300 WM or WSM 1000+ rifles is the GS HV 177. They have a very good BC and will shoot faster than other bullets. They are also spendy and must be ordered from S Africa.

Hope that helps,

Mark
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:02 PM
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Re: Custom Rifle Build Need Some Info

I was thinking the same thing. The .300 wm is a great all around caliber IMO. I have one, but I don't have a .375 RUM already. If I was in the original poster's shoes I'd go with a .300wsm.
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Old 11-09-2009, 09:14 PM
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I agree with what montanarifleman said. Except that the 375 ultramag is an excellent 1000 yard elk rifle with the 350 grain Sierra matchking. BC is well over .7 and will destroy an elk over 1000 yards. My 375-300 ultramag shoots that bullet around 2700 fps depending on the load. Maybe you didn't know about that bullet. It made the 378 Weatherby an awesome long range big game rifle.
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