I have a remington model 700 300 ultra mag.
I want to hunt elk out to 750 yards, I have a VX-3
8.5x25x50. I shoot 165 grn XLC's
I have a couple questions:
Should I put a carbon fiber jacketed 30" barrle on it?
If so who would you recomend for that mod?
Will that scope work for shots under 50 yards?
What would you recomend for bullet weight?
The scope would certainly work, you would want it on the 8.5 setting for the close shots, just for easier targeting. Would be kind of tough to locate a target quickly at 50 yards with it jacked up to 25x, then the sight picture would be one big patch of fur! Depending on your zero, if it was at 100yds, your impact at 50 yds would be a hair low. A negligable amount though
Anyone who knows better, correct me if I'm wrong, I think over 28" the law of diminishing returns would come into play. You would certainly gain some velocity but you have to consider the extra length and weight, because I assume you will be carrying this rifle into the field. I think for a hunting rifle most would recommend 28"
I will be hunting with a 30" barrel this year and even though it adds wieght I want the added velocity and possible accuracy. As far as bullets for the 300 rum, don't be like me and waste your time on the light bullets, it is pointless and you don't utilize the sheer power of this cartridge. I would recomend Richard Graves Wildcat 190 RBBT ULD. You could even go heavier in to his 200-220 wieght bullets and it would work great. If you rebarreld the gun I would get it done in a 1-9 twist and try richards 240 grain bullets for some ultra long range powerhouses. As far as standard bullet makers I would tell you to go with the Nosler accubond 200 gr for elk and for lighter game us the 200 gr ballistic tip because I think they have the same BC. Unless you like recoil I wouldn't get a carbon fiber wrapped barrel simply because these guns can kick the snot out of you.
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You gain about 20-25 fps per inch out past 26" If you go to say 34 inches and get 200 fps on the high BC bullets you get a lot of it still with you way on down range. Dan Lilja's web site contains his experiments on cutting off an inch at a time from something like 40+ down to something like 24, I do not remember exactly but the data is there. Check it out for yourself This is large capacity cases with slow burning powders pushing heavy bullets.
Of course this is no longer a brush gun unless you plan on using it as a club - whack whack whack. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]