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Old 05-29-2013, 02:31 PM
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Re: 1500 Yard Elk Caliber

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I think you can get close to 2800 with a 28" barrel. It might only be 2750fps but isn't that really close enough? I have a reamer and 2 .375 Barrels and have thought about doing it just to see what you can get but the brass is basically unavailable most of the time and of crappy quality unless you use Bertram .338 Edge brass and neck it up. So I will probably build a .375-.338 Norma IMP. or a .375-.338 Lapua IMP. instead since I have a Stiller TAC338 action as well.
Sure, I think I'd be very happy to see 2750 from a RUM. I agree given some of the down sides you mentioned, but the ability to use a Savage action and standard dies/reamer,etc, etc. It maybe the cheapest on the list in all aspects except the cost of the bullet. . .
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Re: 1500 Yard Elk Caliber

IMO if you want to pound an elk at 1500 yards, going "budget" or "cheap" is NOT a good idea!
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:54 PM
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Re: 1500 Yard Elk Caliber

A .338 / 300 gr bullet @ 2800 MV @ 4200' asl. will still have 1300 plus lbs of energy at 1500 yards. But it will be at 1400 fps or close to it. I would really study expansion and hit them with a heavy for caliber bullet offering and in 338 or larger. That is my personal train of thought anyway.

So with questionable expansion at or below 1400 fps, the bullet will need be placed pretty darn well. I have been practicing for the possibility of a shot like this for years. 1000's of rounds past 1000 yards. I have yet to take a shot of this magnitude, but if the stars align I would not be apposed to it in great conditions.

To start with, I will suggest taking your current LR rig and see how many you can get into an 18" circle at 1500 yards shooting one or two shots at a time on several different days. When you get to 80 ~ 90% then it is time to think about if the rifle has enough thump.

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IMO if you want to pound an elk at 1500 yards, going "budget" or "cheap" is NOT a good idea!
You need a big 338 that is heavy and a precision rifle. In addition a top piece of glass, quality range finder, etc. Not that it can't be done cheap, but the components don't equal cheap.
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Sure, I think I'd be very happy to see 2750 from a RUM. I agree given some of the down sides you mentioned, but the ability to use a Savage action and standard dies/reamer,etc, etc. It maybe the cheapest on the list in all aspects except the cost of the bullet. . .
I think if you throated it long and ran it as a single shot you would have a good chance of getting to 2750-2800fps. It will kick a good bit but kill well. I've shot over 1/2 dozen elk with a .375-.358STA and know how well they kill out to 6-700yds. With heavy VLD type bullets and more powder it will only get better.
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You need a big 338 that is heavy and a precision rifle. In addition a top piece of glass, quality range finder, etc. Not that it can't be done cheap, but the components don't equal cheap.
Thats what i was getting at, i didnt word it very well though.
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Re: 1500 Yard Elk Caliber

I agree, cheap is not the best way, but I figure if I can build a 1/2 MOA rifle on Savage for something around $1k or less, why get into a $3k+ rig? That $2k difference will go along way in getting the appropriate scope, and a lot of reloading supplies. All of this facilitate more practice and better precision.

Like I said, this is a distant thought at this time. I agree though, I need to spend more time shooting my existing equipment!
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