Hi, I'm Andrew and I'm new to this forum and long range shooting.
Basically I've been staying inside 400 yards for shooting and I recently set up a new
Tikka T3 Superlite (fluted barrel) 300WM with a muzzle brake and a nightforce nxs 5.5-22x50mm scope
The attached photos are pictures of my first round of handloads for it with Berger VLD 185gr bullets. I would have gone heavier but I can't find any heavier berger bullets
the grids on the targets are 1" and all were shot at 100 yards
3 shot groups and every shot is cold bore. I waited about 10 min in between every shot.
I was wondering how accurate this rifle would be out to say 600, 700, 800+ yards.
Is it accurate enough to take an elk at those ranges with the groupings i've got so far.
getting about 2835 average on velocity.
Whenever you wonder how far you can shoot at a game animal the questions to ask are
1- can I hit the vitals 100% of the time at that range in the SAME conditions? This includes temperature swings (POI of the rifle CHANGE) and of course WIND!
2-Do I have enough energy/momentum?
3-Do I have enough impact velocity to make the bullet open reliably?
4-Can I recover this animal
The manufacturer will have a minimum expansion velocity on the box/website, then just look to you ballistics charts and see how much velocity you should have at that distance. I always come in a few hundred just to be sure.
And yes you can certainly shoot a light gun at long range... you just gotta be cut from the right cloth.