New to the Forum....just a couple of days of reading posts and the info available here is very informative and interesting.....awesome site.
I just found a used Sako TRG-S (599) stock configuration factory rifle in 30-378 Wby at a local gun shop and thought I'd snap it up as I know these are no longer available.....sounds like a fantastic long distance round and kinda gave me the itch to delve into some long-range shooting (not hunting). Did a search on 30-378 on the forum and didn't find any posts.....must be searching incorrectly. Got a couple of questions......
1) Can anyone estimate what level of accuracy I can expect from the factory setup using factory ammo? Rifle has a relatively light contour bbl with small factory threaded muzzle brake
(brake is same OD as the barrel at the point of attachment). When I say light contour bbl, I mean somewhat thinner than the Weatherby Mark V in 30-378 that was sitting right next to it.
2) How much can that factory accuracy be improved with some accurizing work on the action but still using the factory bbl? (estimate in MOA)
3) How much can that factory accuracy be improved with the above action work and a premium bbl?
4) How much would it generally cost me to have the work noted in #3 above (action work and premium bbl) done? Also, what recommendations for a aftermarket bbl to improve accuracy (manufacturer, contour, length, matl, etc...
5) If anyone has worked up good loads for long-distance accuracy (approx 1000 yds), what is a good place to start for hand-loading? (powder type, amount, bullet type and weight) and what level of accuracy was obtained with what equipment (stock or premium bbl, action enhancements, etc.)
6) Bottom line....with my new toy, what's the best "bang-for-the-buck" to start moving toward good (relative term....I know) long range accuracy....800-1000 yds? The funds aren't unlimited as I've still got kids in college, but any suggestions on where to start for some incremental improvements would be much appreciated.
Thanks for any thoughts....looks like I'll be hanging around this sight for a while....some really good info.