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Unread 08-10-2011, 06:10 PM
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stepping up long range

My name is Steve and I am an avid big game hunter. This year I have decided to step up my game and get serious on long range capabilities. As I am located in Nevada often times we find ourselves with cross canyon shots for Elk and Dear at 400-800 yards. I own a Browning WSM 300, a Leupold VX3 4.5x14x40 CDS and am having a break put on gun to reduce recoil.

To get the Leupold CDS configured I am looking for a good "off-the-shelf" round capable of reaching 400 - 800 yards that can be used against deer and elk. Do you have any suggestions for me on ammo and/or things to consider to step up my long range capability?

Thanks a lot!

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Unread 08-10-2011, 06:23 PM
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Re: stepping up long range

I am in the exact same boat as you. i just started getting into the long range shooting and hunting game. i want to be able to take it to the next level as well (400-800 yards). I also have a browning a-bolt 300. wsm but i just topped it off with Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50mm FFP sitting on some burris XTR and EGW 20 moa base. That was my major start to the long range business.

i know the browning's aren't the greatest long range gun but i know they will do to atleast 600 yards and im hoping to the 800 yards mark.

As for bullets, my thought would be the Federal premium 180 grain nosler accubonds.
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Unread 08-10-2011, 06:52 PM
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Re: stepping up long range

When you get beyond 400 yards I can't see a factory load performing well enough. Now I'm not saying that a Fedral Premium 180gr Nosler Accubond won't perform well out there but will it in your rifle? You have to shoot within 1 MOA or better consistently in my opinion to shoot at game at those ranges and that's why most everyone who shoots to those distances while hunting reload.

Of course you and your rifle have to be tuned up and capable at those long ranges and in my opinion it only works well with a good load worked up in that rifle and proven at the longest range at which your capable.

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Unread 08-10-2011, 07:19 PM
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Re: stepping up long range

Im with kcebcj, I dont see a factory load performing for you consistently at those ranges. Do you know of anyone that might possibly reload for you? Or it might be time to start learning. Hope everything works out and good luck.
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Unread 08-10-2011, 07:51 PM
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Re: stepping up long range

my suggestion is get the best shooting factory hunting load. and then test it a few time under different conditions at 600- 800 yards. my guess is that you will start reloading but you never know until you pull the trigger. just because a load shoots great at 100-200 does not mean it will shoot great at the 600yd and especially at 800 yards.
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Unread 08-10-2011, 10:45 PM
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Re: stepping up long range

Gents - great info! I have thought about reloading but that will be phase 2 in "stepping up long range". This year I want to get rifle and optics situatated and go after the basics; I have shot federal premium for years and unless otherwise informed will used federal factory loads this year as a starting point.

Thanks again!

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Unread 08-11-2011, 12:19 AM
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Re: stepping up long range

300 Winchester Short Magnum

I'd suggest getting one box each of the 180's Hornday Interlock, Horady SST, and Nosler Accubonds and see what works best in your rifle.

If you find a load that it really likes at 300, then move on out to 600. If you can maintain sub MOA at those ranges you have a load that will work fine.

It's going to take a good bit of practice and good note taking as to conditions and results to become proficient though at ranges beyond 600. Out that far it's just about marksmanship, beyond 600yds though life gets pretty complicated.
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