Originally Posted by teampete
Should I go with 300 win mag? For the scope I dont know what i want. I am new at this. Im in the 700 dollar range but I usually can get items cheaper than street price. I want a scope that will be dependable, clear and easy to adjust with either a custom turret or tactical/target turrets? I really need help in understanding all the different terms involvoed with a scope and what I need to potentially shoot animals at 1000 yards.
If you really expect to be shooting an Elk at between 800-1000yds, I'd build either a 7mm STW or a .338 RUM or .338 Lapua.
You're going to have a real hard time putting enough energy behind the 7mm Rmag to get a solid kill at that range, it's even a stretch with the 7UM or 7mm STW in anything below the 162gr.
You will likely do far better with the .338's due to the higher weight/bc.
Scope wise there's a super nice Leupold Mark 4 4.5-15x50 IR on the classified section of this site right now for 900.00.
The conquest however will work for you.
You definitely do need to get out and do some shooting at least at 50yd increments between 500-1000yds under varying weather conditions with your new rig before heading out hunting with it.
Shooting out to 600yds with any of the high velocity calibers doesn't take much skill, practice, or expertise. When you get beyond 600yds though, you're in another realm completely.
Only a handful of shooters are actually capable of consistently placing a shot in the "kill zone" at ranges beyond that even with the nicest custom rigs and none of them became that proficient with one or two boxes of shells and an afternoon of practice.
Remember this isn't just a target, it's a live game animal and we have a responsibility as hunters to ensure we are taking responsible shots that we are capable of making.
Otherwise we're taking a very significant risk of simply wounding game and leaving it for the coyotes and that's a waste of a very precious resource.
Honestly it's very rare that one cannot using just basic stalking techniques work into at least within 600yds of most game animals under most circumstances.