Here is what I have come up with that I want for a first serious long range hunting rig. I want to shoot heavier bullets (likley Berger 210 VLD) for 600-800 yd + at initially whitetail, hogs and elk.
Krieger barrel, 1 in 10 twist, 26", #3 contour
Badger thruster brake
Badger Recoil lug
Rem 700 long action, blueprinted
HS Precision M24
Karsten cheek piece
NightForce 5.5-22x50 or 56, NP-R1
Now, here are the questions I have for the guys out there hunting all the time, or at least on occasion. What do you see about this set up that you would change and why?
Will the 300 WM take the game that I have listed at the distances that I have stated, or do I need to step up to a 300 RUM. I would think a well placed shot with the 300WM would be enough.
I am curious if I would benefit from a longer barrel length or is 26" going to get it done. Also, do you recommend a different contour.
Do you recommend the HS Precision bottom metal or is there a better choice for this application? What are your feelings on a detachable box for this?
Let me say that I am not concerned about the final overall weight of the rifle, but expect that it should stay under 13 lbs, but this is not critical. I thought about going ahead and biting the bullet (no pun intended) and getting Defensive Edge to set me up with the 338 Edge, but I think that is just too much of a round for what I am looking at doing right now. I do hope to progress to this before too long though.