Originally Posted by jdk81
I would consider myself experienced. I do not shake anymore at all. I guess I am wanting a gun that is small-ish caliber and can be effective at long range. Like a 25-06 maybe? One that will shoot a decently flat trajectory, and can be capable of hitting paper at long ranges. Also, factory ammo availability and quality is a factor.
Also, in Iowa you cannot use a caliber smaller than a .243 for deer.
.25-06 will be a good deer caliber for 100-500 yards. And if you up the ante to the .25-06 Ackley Improved, you can get .257 Wby performance out of a standard case, instead of jumping up to a magnum case, which is what I'm fixing to do with my Sendero .25-06 barrel I have for my newest build. I will be having the chamber reamed out to .25-06 A.I.
Personally, I wouldn't shoot a deer with the .25-06 past about 650, same for a .257 Wby Mag. Not because they won't shoot further, but because of how light that bullet is, so at distance, it won't retain the mass of a heavier larger bullet. The calibers can effectively be shot out to 1,000+ on smaller animals like varmints and stuff that are really small and easy to kill.
I have been talking with Berger, in hopes they will make a true LR VLD for the .257 calibers (130gr) with some extra umph to be able to take deer sized game out to around 750 yards or so.....But so far to no avail. So I will keep shooting the 115 VLD's and 110 Accubonds for now.
I hope Berger will make us some 130 VLD's for LR shooting soon.