I have a Remington 700 long action that I want to build into a long range rifle. Everyone keeps telling me to make a 300 Win Mag but I am trying to stay away from Magnums. Ive also been told a lot about the 6.5x284 but I am looking for something that I can get commercially because I havent started reloading yet.
I want to build something that can shoot 800+ yards.
Any and all information, advice, or sly remarks on barrel length, calibers, stocks...anything would be greatly appreciated!
You haven't said if it is just target or if you will hunt with it. So I will guess you might be going to hunt a little and that will include deer and maybe an elk. So I would go with a 300 win and a JP Ent. brake. The brake will tame that magnum to where you could shoot it all day. My wife is 5'2" and shoots mine. The 300 win ammo is on most every shelf , there are good prices on it and also a wide selection of bullets from match ammo to long range hunting. If you really like this and become an avid target shooter you have a chambering that is easy on the barrel and will last a good ammount of time, for most a lifetime. Lastly this chambering will do a great job on deer and elk at 800 with no issues about energy even to 1000 if you place em well.
I knew I forgot something haha! Right now Im just thinking a bell ringer or paper shooter but there is the possibility of turning this gun into a hunter later down the road. I live in Texas and if I do hunt with it it'll mostly be on pigs and coyotes ie varmints.
Another vote for the .300 Win Mag with 26" or longer tube, 1:10. With an effective muzzle brake design, either the 7mm Mag or .300 Win Mag's felt recoil will be comparable to that of a non-magnum, i.e .243s.