I've been on Longrangetargetshooting for a while. Seems almost no one is shooting 284 bullets, except John Hollinger with his standard 284win long throat. When I saw you mensioned the 7mm's,, I got a bit excited [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] This 7mm would be strictly for 1000 prone.. no across the course at all.
I looked at 6.5x55 a little. I may try one someday. I'd really like to get a 7mm working though. 2000 rounds before a set back may be too much to ask,, but I can dream..... I hear ya on the difference between BR and Long range prone. If I could get my left arm as stabile as a sinclairs rest,,, I could clean up. That is,, provided I figure out how to read the damn wind.....
I'm having a 30" 6 groove Border chambered tonight. I went with a tighter chamber and neck. coupled with the longer barrel (I'm used to 26" fella's) to keep MV up with less powder.
I was days away from ordering 2 Pac Nor 3 grooves, 31" in 8 twist to make the "twins",(not your twins Ian [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] ), but the Border arrived in time. I see you use Lilja,, and I'd like to try one of those also.
So many options and so little money.... what is a guys to do [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
The 26" Rock Creek I just had set back was not in as bad a shape as I expected. 647 rounds and the throat had only moved .020",, not the .06" I had expected. I was using a smoked bullet to check the errosion and it bit me, so I'm upgrading to the stoney point (like I should have from the git go) this week to prevent another stupid mistake. Seems the flyers were due to an uneven crown. This may have been caused by my cleaning technique,, and it may have been a mishap from some work I had done after the fact. Don't know,, but I plan on paying special attension to her this time.
If I can ever get my hands on my required stocks (I'm in DIRE need of two McMillan Prones inletted for WInchester Long actions) I'll have three FagMags built by late spring. One F class for my misses (also use as a back up), and two matching Prone rifles. One for scope and one for iron sights. Thee SHOULD get me through a season before needing new tubes. 30 rounds in 22 minutes is tough on 'em though.
I can vouch for John Holliger's ability with the 284, he's excellent with an AR also (current U.S. civilain service rifle champion if memory serves). That would be an option. Let me throw another option at you from a different Illinoisan.
From what you stated about your criteria, a decent 1K gun with low recoil & reasonable barrel wear is in order. It seems a pal of mine shoots a particular caliber that is common, easy to load for, and EXTREMELY low recoil. It won't keep up with a 6.5-284, but shoots well inside a .308 at 1K. He's also won the Canadian National Full Bore Championships with it twice I believe.
The rifle has a 1:8" twist shooting 80gr Sierra MKs, the caliber is....... 22-250! The name is Bill Wylde, I believe you've probably heard of him! I know it ain't perfect, but give it a thought.... [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
How would a .308 Win in an improved chamber do at 1000 yard target shooting? I was thinking of a 28 inch, 3 groove barrel, and 1 in 10 twist. Recoil would be light, and barrel life should be long. Would that work with 150 grain and heavier bullets?
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