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Unread 11-20-2010, 07:44 AM
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make a long range hunting rifle

I have a interarms Mark X 7 mmMag that I would like to make into a long rang hunting rifle. any sugestion would be wellcome.

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    Unread 11-20-2010, 08:37 PM
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    Re: make a long range hunting rifle

    you have just a FINE rifle, need a lil more barrel, so may I suggest a 26" Hart. That's it, you're good to go. Or get it to Hart's in Nescopeck and they'll do it for you.
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    Unread 11-22-2010, 05:28 AM
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    Re: make a long range hunting rifle

    Is a 26 inch barrel long enough or should look at 28 inches. any suggestion on a stock for this make.
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    Unread 11-22-2010, 07:38 PM
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    Re: make a long range hunting rifle

    Forget barrel lenth. If it will shoot 1/2 moa or better your rifle will work, if not it will need bedded or something. I like scopes vairable scopes with the top end in the 20 to 25 X range and also prefer mil dots. You will need the best range finder you can get. I use the Lica 1,200 and it runs out of range for me. Also you will need to shoot the highest BC bullets that your gun shoots well. Work out a drop chart and wind drift chart and field check it. 1/2 moa is 3 in. at 600 yrds and thats max if your shooting coyotes. The reason I like mildots is only for wind drift or lead, I always dial in drop. A cheap scope will kill you. You need one that will track to the same point of impact every time you crank the knobs. I use all Leupolds. You must pratice at long range or all you did will be of no use.
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    Re: make a long range hunting rifle

    I have a 7 mag with a 26" bbl and one with a 24" bbl. Krieger and Shilen respectively. 26-27" is the longest you'd ever need with a good barrel for 7mag.

    I'm fond of the 5R style rifling for ease of cleaning, less fouling but ultimately, accuracy is the purpose. I'm also fond of the fewer groove barrels: 3 and 4.

    My next 7mm bbl is on order right now from Shilen. But I would not hesitate to get one from Krieger, Hart, Bartlien, Obermeyer, Broughton, Lilja, Rock, or Brux.
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    Unread 11-27-2010, 05:47 AM
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    Re: make a long range hunting rifle

    My Goal is to shoot up to 1000 yards. I will need to do more research on barrels and stocks I think. I plan on using this rifle on a elk hunt in the next year. So this build will need to wait till I get back. Any suggestion will will help me. THANKS
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    the main things I would recommend are a good scope, a good rangefinder and a good load. The berger 168 hunting VLD's were phenomenal this fall on deer and antelope, and I would have no qualms about using them for elk as well. Get some and work up a load based on data from emailing Berger with your rifle & caliber specs. Nice thing is they come in boxes of 100 so you will have enough to practice.

    Use a common ballistic calculator to generate some dope and then go test it afield to verify drops.

    enjoy.
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