Originally Posted by yote yodeller
Hi, I'm shooting my .223 with factory loads out to 600 yds with easy 2" groups, With hand loads at 400 yds a 1" grouping. I'm quite happy with that. I know that guys are going out to 1000 yds with .223's as well but am just not convinced that it will put down a yote properly at a 1000 yds lol, paper is a different story.
Hate to start out a first post this way, but here goes. I've shot 308's (open sight M-14) at 1000 yards and have a medal to show for it (Marine Corps Rifle Team). FYI, I'm a Distinguished Marksman and hold Scout/Sniper as a secondary MOS - just so you know I'm not BSing you. I'm going to assume that you could do the same thing with the 7mm mag. Matter of fact, my deer gun is a Ruger 7mm Mag. I like it a lot.
What brought me here was your statement about folks shooting .223's out to 1000 yards. I'm just gonna say this for what it's worth. First, I hope those guys have a lot of room for sight adjustments or they just know how to hold. I've shot .223's competitively to 600 yards and I can tell you first hand that key-holing (bullet tumbling) is a problem. I've watched fellow shooters try to zero in at 1000 yards with M-16's and they could not dial in enough elevation.
All "middle-range" guns can get on at 1000 yards. But, of course, the flatter you shoot the less weather, etc. problems you're gonna have.
Thanks for having me!!