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Unread 03-24-2009, 11:20 PM
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Re: best long range caliber

Target will be deer to elk size
Range would like at least a 1000 yards will settle for less
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Unread 03-24-2009, 11:48 PM
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Re: best long range caliber

What's best For me there are three criteria.
1. It's a rifle.

2. I consider the distance it shoots (for the type of rifle) to be long range. See other threads in this forum which ask "What's long range?".

3. For a rifle to be "Best" i must enjoy shooting it more than similar rifles. I would not enjoy shooting just one kind of rifle, so I choose to have several "best" catagories.

So my best long range rifles are:

50-70 34" Remington Rolling block - range well over 1000 yards though not supersonic most of the way. My best 100+ year old antique long range rifle.

DPSM LR-260 - supersonic to about 1400 yards. - My best long range AR "Black Rifle".

30-378 Sako TRG-S 28" barrel supersoinc to 1800+ yards. My best factory stock long range rifle.

Rem 700 with 29.5" Hart Barrel in 7mm STW. Supersonic to 2000 yards shooting 180 Bergers. My best long range rifle I can carry and shoot from a bipod.

50 BMG McBros w/ 40" K&P bore rider barrel. Supersonic to 2400 yards with 750 grain Barnes solids. It weighs 60 lbs. Not sure if it's a best rifle or best artillary piece.

I odn't have a practical use for any of them, but what does that have to do with "best".

No dobut others will have entirely different opinions what best means and what rifles meet their criteria.
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Unread 03-24-2009, 11:51 PM
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Re: best long range caliber

Originally Posted by nate-lab View Post
Target will be deer to elk size
Range would like at least a 1000 yards will settle for less
There are so many good choices right now for that criteria.

My favorates for the task you are calling for are: (not in order)

300 RUM

338 RUM

338 Lapua Mag

For a wild cat:

338-300 RUM AKA: 338 EDGE

7mm AM.
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.
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Unread 03-25-2009, 05:06 AM
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Re: best long range caliber

Originally Posted by davewilson View Post
because i have shot "one" groundhog at long range, and i know it also works great on elk, i'm gonna say 338!

I have to agree with Dave. The 300 Grain SMK has an advertised BC of .768 that bucks the wind extremely well and hits like a freight train when it arrives.

It hammers game such as Elk and Deer

range it,check the wind, dial in correction, aim and only one shot
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Unread 07-26-2012, 08:42 PM
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Re: best long range caliber

I agree johny k I have shot the 7mm Mag for many years at long range for bench and hunting and it has never let me down. Even on elk at 1000 yards.
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