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Old 11-01-2011, 08:43 PM
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Re: Custom Rifle - 500 yards max - what cartridge

+1 on the 6.5's.....just bought a 6.5 Creedmoor Savage Model 10 Max-1. When I get it rung out,I'll write a full report.
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:07 PM
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Re: Custom Rifle - 500 yards max - what cartridge

Barrel life is a relative term. How many rounds have you fired in the last 12/24/36 months? And, when do you consider your barrel end of life?

Competitors tend to use hot loads, fire thousands of rounds, and measure group size to the 3rd decimal place.

308 is great. I prefer less recoil unless using a brake.

284 Win or 280 Rem will get the job done with better BC bullets and less recoil.

You can buy a box of 270 Win in any town in America. There are some pretty impressive bullets showing up if you want to handload. e.g. 165 Matrix

260 Rem and 6.5x47 Lapua will git 'er done with even less recoil.

The reality is that 500 yds for deer and sheep sized game isn't a huge challenge for most big game cartridges. The rifle setup and shooter will be a bigger factor almost every time.

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Old 11-03-2011, 08:24 PM
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Re: Custom Rifle - 500 yards max - what cartridge

My vote goes out to .308 Win. I've had one for about a year now and wish I would have gone 308 along time ago. Longest range I can shoot at around my location is 600 yds , it does great for that distance. It is a reloaders dream to load for , very affordable and practicle round to shoot.
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:24 PM
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Re: Custom Rifle - 500 yards max - what cartridge

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I agree completely. I went with the .260 Rem caliber (6.5mm-08) but any of the 6.5's because of the BC of their bullets shine head and sholders above the rest for..
1) LOW recoil
2) Tremendous BC with their 140 grain slugs
3) More down stream velocity because of bullet BC

6.5's rule...
Agreed on the 6.5x47L. I wanted to chamber this cartrige for a gun I built my dad but he insisted on the 243 win. Stubborn old man. Always gets what he wants. 130 vld @ 2850 sounds good to me.
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Old 11-04-2011, 05:24 AM
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Re: Custom Rifle - 500 yards max - what cartridge

6.5X47Lapua gets my vote, although I'd be looking very carefully at the 6.5 Creedmoore (Bit more boiler room).

Both excellent at that distance.
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Old 11-04-2011, 05:34 AM
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Re: Custom Rifle - 500 yards max - what cartridge

I shoot 308, 280 AI and 7mm-08 all at long range. For the criteria you described, the 308 is going to fit the bill the best. I have found that the 180+ grain bullets buck the wind and perform the best down range.

For the heavier bullets in 308, you may want to consider 1:10 twist. I shoot 180g in 1:12 twist as well, and they perform fine until the weather gets cold, then the faster twist stabalizes them a bit better.

I would not prioritize barrel life one iota, but that's just me. To me, barrels are like diapers, change 'em periodically whether they need it or not.
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:14 AM
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Re: Custom Rifle - 500 yards max - what cartridge

I'd say .308. I shoot that with max range where I hunt around 600 yards. I shoot primarily 165 grain pills and also have loads for 175 and 180 grain loads. Most of my shots are around 250 to 400 yards.

The nice thing about my rig is I can shoot 175 grain match bullets with surprising accuracy for factory loaded ammo. Black hills match ammo works very well in this.

If I lose ammo, or have trouble geting behind the bench to load more I drop by my local gun shop and grab some match grade ammo for practice...I can even find halfway decent factory ammo in Wally-world or Dick's. Thats' the other nice aspect with .308 it's everywhere. Mil-surplus match ammo is good too.

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