Re: long range gear/rifle suggestions
Would look at trying to shoot the best BC bullet you could. Not that your going to be short on foot pounds of energy with a .338 but wind drift and slight erreres in distance will not be magnified so much if you wasn't to get it close to perfect when taking that could bore shot out to long distances.
I love practicing out to a 1000 yrds but shooting paper got old after I developed my drop data sheet. I have found it fun to shoot plow discs at ling range for a couple of reasons.
1. You know when or if the bullet hit it or not due to the loud sound reported back to you upon the impact.
2. Its not but the size of a basket ball which keeps a modest level of difficulty in hitting it, especially when judging wind at 1000 yrds.
3. It is hardend steel which my STW doesn't punch holes through or even bend.
4. If set up right with something solid for it to lean back on, you don't ever have to go and stand it up after you shoot. Just move to another distance and pop it again.
I spray paint mine either black or white so I can start all over with no bullet markings. I also make an X out of duck tap on the disc and shoot for the center of the X, not just the plow disc as a hole. I love pulling into the pasture and from some random long distance, stop and range it, dial the scop in for it and take a cold bore shot and here it slap, then go about your buisness. It really impresses the buddies to here it slap at over 900 yrds away. Heck they can't even see it with there naked eyes at that distance, but they can here it.
A good trigger is always helpfull and when weighing your powder I keep my powder consistency to a tenth of a grain because 1 grain of powder less at a thousand yrds means nothing gets reported back to me, or at least the day I tried it with one grain less powder I didn't hit it but could center line it with my standerd load.
Elevate your target so you can see it clearly at long distances but have a good back stop. I have mine half way up on the side of a steep hill. However it is very accessible to the target so as to repaint it all the time.
Have fun and make a game out of it. It really gets fun then.