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Unread 03-24-2009, 04:30 PM
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best long range caliber

What do you think is the best long range caliber for hunting and shooting?



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    Re: best long range caliber

    It depends on your definition of long range AND the size of the targets being hunted.

    Are we talking prarie dogs at a mile, a moose at a mile or a deer at 800 yards?
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    Re: best long range caliber

    After more research than I care to admit to, I chose the 7mm SAUM for my build. I will be pushing the 180 gr Berger VLD, out of a 28" barrel, around 2950 fps. I believe this is a wicked combo for the deer, elk, and antelope here in western SD and eastern WY.
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    Re: best long range caliber

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    After more research than I care to admit to, I chose the 7mm SAUM for my build. I will be pushing the 180 gr Berger VLD, out of a 28" barrel, around 2950 fps. I believe this is a wicked combo for the deer, elk, and antelope here in western SD and eastern WY.
    Great choice! I chose the 7mm WSM, and it was essentially a dead heat between the two until I found a great deal on the WSM.

    But the original poster left way too man unanswered questions before we can give him a good answer.

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    Re: best long range caliber

    because i have shot "one" groundhog at long range, and i know it also works great on elk, i'm gonna say 338!
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    Re: best long range caliber

    .375 long fast bullet
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    Re: best long range caliber

    Not sure there is a "best" caliber. There are so many cartridges out there right now that fill this bill for so many hunters/shooters. It would be easier if your definition of hunting and shooting were more specific (.i.e., hunting deer at 600yds & <, or elk hunting, varminting, informal target shooting, F-class, etc.). One size may fit all, but few stick with just one, especially me.
    I have shot the 7mmRemMag for about 15yrs and it does what I have asked of it. I have also shot the .300WinMag off and on for about the same timeframe and it also delivers, with a bit more authority. I shoot them both regularly to 600yds and they're both still full of steam at that range and rairin' to go.
    So many to choose from and so little time. Good luck. JohnnyK.
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