Re: 168gr For long range?
I run the 168 AMAX to 1K no problem. Even at a measly 2810 FPS in cold sea level air they go through the paper straight. Published is .475? I think. I have found it to be more like .490. You will have NO problem with a 700 yard antelope. Last year I nailed a dall ram at 702 yards and he folded (high shoulder). Exit was over 3" with as much vertebre missing. While the 190 SMK is a very fine 1K bullet, it leaves alot to be desired for hunting. All that said, if youre getting good results with the 208 in the WSM, stick with it. You will never beat the wind with the 168, 178 or any other bullet short of the 240 SMK as much as you will with the 208. For 700 yard antelope hunting, the wind can be a real PITA. The 208 will drift conciderably less than the 168 period. In my 308, the 208 drfits 20" LESS than either my 168 or 178 loads. I am currently phasing out the 168 and 178 and moving soley to the 208 due to the retained energy and lack of drift. You dont need a 300 RUM to utilize the 208 AMAX. The 208 does just fine in the 300WSM with alot less powder and alot more barrel life.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
Last edited by Michael Eichele; 04-15-2010 at 11:00 AM.