Originally Posted by milkie62
My first post other than my initial welcome post.Been out of touch for a number of years because of work,kids house building etc.I have a number of different rifles in many calibers.I am looking to purchase a reasonable rifle/scope combination for Deer and Elk that will be effective out to maybe 600 yds.I have taken deer in the range of 290 -325 yds with a single shot but looking to up the anti when I go out west more often.
One option I have is to use my Rem 700 ADL in 7mm mag and use that as a base to build on.One problem I have with the gun is I have to load the magazine with the cartridges forward or the bolt will not go back far enough to engage the shell.
I will be reloading also and I have a 200 yd range right outside my kitchen door !!!!
I am open to suggestions on caliber and scope but was thinking along the lines of a Nikon Monarch or Leupold VariX-3.Would like to have a lighted reticle for low light conditions. Thanks Ed
You really don't want or need a full on long range rifle for doing some very good shooting to 800ish yards which is what you'll need to be shooting to be dialed in for 600 yard hunting, you can easily get carried away with stocks, barrels and scopes and take a perfect all round hunting rifle with an extended capability and turn it into an unwieldy behemoth!!
The 7 mag is fine for elk at 600 yards and going bigger also bring more unnecessary recoil which you'll have to deal with. If your rifle shoots well just make it more functional, stocks change, get it bedded, tune the trigger, trim the bolt stop or whatever is hanging your bolt up and tune a load.
I've worked with a couple bone stock Rem 700 ADL 7mags that all they needed was a little tune up and a load and they were good 600 yard hunting rifles.
A Vortex PST in the 2.5-10x44 would be awesome for your needs and keeps your rifle functional for the entire 600 yards!