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
Before tweaking the rifle, you need to do some work to evaluate its accuracy and velocity potential. A lot of ADLs have 22-24" barrels and generous chambers which often fail to produce expected velocities, like several hundred fps lower. Combined with lower than advertized BCs due to bullet manufacturer exaggerations and larger than ideal pitch and yaw from a thin barrel, and your trajectories and retained energy can be much, much worse than ballistics charts suggest.
Getting the needed accuracy and velocity usually means reloading, picking a good bullet and a temperature insensitive powder, and chronographing so you know your velocity. 600 yard hunting means you'll need MOA accuracy from 5 shot groups. I's start with the bullet and load, because that's what's actually gonna fly for 600 yards and kill the critter. I think the 162 grain AMAX and H1000 are a good place to start. The BC is really as high as advertised, and you're likely to get close to the rifle's accuracy potential without too much fiddling.
But before I even try developing a load with an ADL of unknown history, it would be helpful to know it's accuracy potential demonstrated so far. What group sizes have you measured, at what ranges, with what loads? If you haven't bothered to measure some group sizes, you need to do that first before you start spending money on a rifle with little potential.