Originally Posted by coquitlam
Thank you mark ,
It would be also great to hear from people on if they feel my setup will b doable for 400 yard max 500 yard kills
This is the exact set up that I had my son shooting while he was still at home, Ruger M 77 shooting 168gr TTSX Barnes bullets at just under 3,000fps......this rifle shot them extremely well. I would stay with the 168gr for your application.....I have used the 168, 180, and now the 200 TTSX bullets quite extensively over the past couple years and all have preformed well, the heavier slugs in my 30-378 & 300 WM.
To your point, my son shoot a large mule deer buck at 503 yds with the exact same set up you describe....the deer was 1/4 away and then bullet caught it through the last rib and preformed perfectly....nothing more you could ask for but I would not stretch the effective range must past this with the 30-06'
He also used the 168TTSX effectively on antelope, elk and everything else for that matter......If the 168gr is shooting good for you keep with it.
You could certainly shoot the 180's in your rifle but in my opinion the 168 will give you a better balance between speed and energy......