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Old 05-11-2011, 09:19 PM
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My Long Range Gun Build

Hey guys, the name is Hunter, new to here so sorry if I sound like an idiot. I have been considering building a rifle used for long ranges (500 Yards>) for a while and have decided to finally go through with it...

I would like to keep the rifle to Remington and the scope to Leupold due to the fact that I get their items heavily discounted.

My first idea for the scope/rifle combo was...

-Remington 700 SPS-T (20" Heavy Barrel)
-Leupold VX-II (40mm, 4-12 Power)

Is this a decent start? I am very open to suggestions, just want to keep it around that price range.

I'll end up getting the gun and scope about 35 percent off as well so keep that in mind.


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Old 05-11-2011, 10:06 PM
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Re: My Long Range Gun Build

What caliber? And I'm guessing if you are looking at 500 + yards you'll want a longer barrel. Also if you get leupold at really good discounts then at least a vx-III. What's the budget and intended animals?
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:32 PM
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Re: My Long Range Gun Build

500yds is no big deal for that rifle with good ammo in most chamberings.

If you don't handload, you need to look at availability of really good factory ammo. 308 Win Match ammo is a good example.

A 20" barrel for a 308 out to 500yds is probably just fine. If you get the bug to shoot 1k, then you need to start thinking through a lot more issues.

Make sure you get a scope that has target style turrets with repeatability.

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Old 05-12-2011, 08:15 PM
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Re: My Long Range Gun Build

Thanks for the replies.

would a SPS-V be better? It has the 26" barrel in comparison to the 20".
I just thought the 20 would be better for reducing barrel vibration.
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:48 PM
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Re: My Long Range Gun Build

From what I have gathered you get 30-40 fps per inch of barrel so I would think that 6 in more barrel would be big benefit. Perhaps others with more knowledge than I will weigh in. The extra velocity will help your ballistics and energy. Are you hunting or just targets?
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:38 AM
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Re: My Long Range Gun Build

I would definately want a longer BBL... at least a 24"er
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Old 05-13-2011, 06:33 AM
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A longer barrel is really determined by target. I have an 18" 308 that will hold sub MOA out to 580yds. That is the max distance I can get with it as it is currently set up. I have made it go as far as 700yds on a different setup that shot just as well. For your assumed application of target and hunting to 500yds I would get it in a .243, .308 or .260 Rem. All 3 calibers really shine in the short barrels. 300WSM will also do it, but recoil is much greater. You want to keep each in there perspective twists for heavier barrels (1:10-.308, 1:9-.243, 1:8-.260). This will help to stabilize the heavier bullets. For the .308 you want to stick to the 168 to 175 class bullet, the .234 you want to stay with 87 to 105grn, and the .260 look for 123 to 140 grain bullets. Hope this helps. Welcome to LRH!

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