Have you done much (or any) shooting in the past?
What is your idea of ''super long range''?
And what do you plan on using it for?
Heres why Im wondering........
1. If you havent shot much, you DEFINATELY dont want a cartrige that will ''belt'' you, and teach you bad habbits. Your form and accuracy will suffer, and you may not reach your full potential as a shooter.
2. How far and at what has just as much to do with cartrige choice as recoil IMO. If you want to shoot paper at 1k then Id go with a .308 win or a 264(6.5) of some sort. If your planning on taking deer size game and smaller both of these caliber selections would do fine, but Id lean towards the 308win for 2 reasons,
(a)Light recoil, but plenty of ''gun''
(b)LOADS OF INFO OUT THERE, along with a Huge bullet selection.
---If elk and moose size game are on the menue, I personaly would bump it up to a 30-06 or 300wsm.(leaning hard toward the 300wsm) for a medium/manageable recoil and alot greater energy and speed, with ALL the gains a 30 cal gives in bullet selection.
--- If youve done some shooting in the past, what are some cartriges you shot and how did you feel about the recoil. Because theres some incredible cartriges out there for extermely long range, but they have substantialy increased recoil compared to the above mentioned.
Now theres plenty of guys out there who will steer you toward smaller cartriges and say they work just fine on elk. And they DO work fine, but Im a beliver in ''a bit extra ALWAYS beats ''almost enough''. If the shot gets ''boched'' in any way bigger is better IMO and the bullet selection in 30 cal is un mached. Although shot placement is key theres alot of things that can go slightly wrong when you reach way out there.
Theres also a great many folks out there who can take thier small bores and shoot circles around me and my rifles, so listen to thier advise too before you make up your mind. But these are my opinions and wont change. Im a 30 cal fan for a reason. Big cartrige selection, and Big bullet wt selection. I got a 30-06 for my 13th birthday, and at 130#'s soakin wet I handled it just fine. My son will get my old -06, but his first L/R rig will be a 300wsm.
A 270win, or a 7mm mag of some sorts will do well also. Good luck
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