Starting to strech my shooting ranges out and am new to this forum. I'm using a Remington short action 40x (single shot), and it's in 280 rem chamber.
Need to know what bullet weights and construciton I need for taking my rifle to long ranges. What do you all recommend?
I plan on hunting with this rifle and would like to shoot bullets that could be used effectively on game.
Shot some factory Hornady 139gr. a friend gave me. Mounted a scope and sighted in. Shot at 100yd and got essesntially three shots in same hole. This is childs play compared to what I have seen on this forum. I am ready to start taking my ranges farther out, and need to know which bullet weight is better for long distances.
I'll let you know that I will not chuck these bullets at game without lots of practice and training. I am planning to take a class offered by Shawn Carlock, and hope to enroll soon. My intent is to become a true rifle shooter with real skill, like those on this forum.
BTW. I met Mr. Carlock, looked over my rifle, and can say that he seem to be an honest fellow. He never tried to sell or pitch me on anything, only what would work. He explained that my rifle had decent rings which would work, and examined my rifle's bedding, and opined that is was fine enough for me. My setup is good enough to get started, and I thank him for being honest about that. I may upgrade my scope (Super sniper in 10x), but I would rather spend the money I have on one of his classes for now.
What are your opinions on the bullet weights and makes for my 280?
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What do you all recommend? <font color="blue">The heaviest , highest BC bullet that gives the highest velocity. Probably something in the Ballist Tip or Accubond line. </font>
Shot at 100yd and got essesntially three shots in same hole. This is childs play compared to what I have seen on this forum. <font color="blue">Child's play! Yeah, you bet. You're out doing me and I'm a legend in my own mind. LOL </font>
I am planning to take a class offered by Shawn Carlock, and hope to enroll soon. <font color="blue">Which is a good thing. Probably the best investment you can make though its gonna cost you $ later (tisk tisk). Jeez, you'll get to thinkin' better is further and further is better and THERE AIN'T NO CURE!!! </font>
He never tried to sell or pitch me on anything, only what would work.<font color="blue">The good ones are that way. </font>
I may upgrade my scope (Super sniper in 10x), but I would rather spend the money I have on one of his classes for now.<font color="blue">The SS ain't all that shabby. When I went from the 270 Win to the 270 AM I just upped to a 16X SS. Just clean the turret o-rings and lube w/silicone and insure that you can feel the clicks even in super cold weather and you're good to go. </font>
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Good shootin' and Have fun.
I may be the slowest guy on the mountain . . . . but . . . . I'm on the mountain!
if you can I would shoot a 162gr. amax or the 160 accubond. i dont know if these bullets are factory loaded or if it is handloading only. even though the amax is a match bullet they work awesome on game.
I dont know who ever came up with the imaganary word of "Over Gunned"
Hornady makes a 162gr. SST. Are they decent to use, or just go the a-max route?
Will be ordering my inclinated base for scope. If I use these heavier bullets do I need a 20 moa or 30 moa base. Remember, I want to shoot as far as I can with this 280. Will be used for varmints and plates long ways off. Game will be at closer ranges than the vermin.
Shawn says with base I'll be able to get up to 1200yds. This would be great for the vermin and shooting some plates I'm making up. Suggestions?
I'm currently experimenting with the Berger 168-gr VLD
bullet (BC: .643) in my 280 Rem, M70, w/24" Pac-Nor barrel. I expect to achieve 2700-2800 fps MV. Know more in a couple of days when I get to the range and chronograph and test the loads for accuracy. I'm working with IMR 7828 & H 4831, RP
cases, and Fed 210M primers. If I can't get there with the RP cases, I'll switch over to WW cases and see if that helps. This rifle already produces 2,800 fps MV with the Barnes' 160-gr TSX, so it should be close.
Re the Berger VLD bullet and hunting. I've seen a number of different tests conducted with this bullet fired from magnum cartridges at short ranges into different mediums, including meat and bone. The Berger bullet holds together and provides
excellent penetration. The accuracy is also excellent.
It does NOT perform like a Sierra MatchKing when it hits a game animal.
Location: The rifle range, or archery range or behind the computer in Alaska
Re: 7mm long range bullet
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even though the amax is a match bullet they work awesome on game.
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The manufacturer also recomends these bullets for the purpose of hunting. At least deer sized critters. They dont recomend them for bigger game. From the results I have seen in my own hunting and that of others, they are an awesome deer and wolf bullet. They also expand at lower than average velocities which makes them great for LR hunting.
On a side note, with the right velocity, the AMAX's can have an outstanding BC as well.
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.