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Custom Rifle - 500 yards max - what cartridge

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Unread 03-14-2012, 02:41 PM
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Re: Custom Rifle - 500 yards max - what cartridge

"So what is the proposed theory on why this is the case? I haven't noticed or heard of this in any caliber unless you bring in twist rates and other factors that affect bullet performance.

Scot E. "

Excellent question and as I said it is not a hard and fast rule, but there a strong tenancy to favoring velocities in those ranges. I have noticed as I am sure many have ,that most guns have accuracy nodes at different velocities. This tends to be more rifle specific than caliber specific. 6.5s for what ever reason tend to have accuracy node clustered around certain velocities more so than most other calibers, or at least that is what I have found. It also may be that other calibers have certain velocities they favor but are not shot in competition where things like this are noticed as much. Now that the 7mm are being used more in F-class shooting a similar tendency is starting to emerge. Shooters are finding the 284 shehane is capable of higher velocities than it shoots well at and end up shooting at the same velocities as the standard 284. Again this is not carved in stone but a tendency is starting to emerge, only time will tell just how pronounced this is.
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Unread 03-14-2012, 07:22 PM
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Re: Custom Rifle - 500 yards max - what cartridge

I'll telll you what, the comment you said about the .308 seems to fit the bill is a good option. If you check out my post about the 168 Hybrid Berger, you will understand why. I have been playing with the .308 for some time now. This bullet is going to work well at the velocities you can push it out to 500yds for anything deer size. I highly suggest you take a look at it if you are reloading or considering to reload your own ammo.
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Unread 12-23-2012, 12:51 PM
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Re: Custom Rifle - 500 yards max - what cartridge

Custom rifle 500 yards max...

30-06. Ammo everywhere. Long barrel life regardless of 150grn or 220 grain bullets It is not hard to have a loaded rifle with a loaded weight of 8.5 pounds ready to hunt.

308 second choice

260 third choice

6.5-06 ackley, 280 ackley and 6.5x55 honarble mention
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Unread 12-23-2012, 03:44 PM
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Re: Custom Rifle - 500 yards max - what cartridge

My favorite is .270 WSM. At 500 yards you want to think about the bullet energy.
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Unread 12-23-2012, 05:14 PM
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Re: Custom Rifle - 500 yards max - what cartridge

my vote is the the old tried and true 270 Win. Maybe not known for accuracy but I traded for a factory SS 700 not long ago here and put a McMillan stock on it and it shoots under 1/2" at 100 yds w/ 140 Hornady BTSP and 59 gr H4831. The other thing is ammo is everywhere if you aren't a reloader. With a Leupold VX 4.5x14AO it weighs 8.2 lbs
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Unread 12-23-2012, 06:18 PM
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The .27 caliber is hard to beat.
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Unread 01-30-2013, 04:24 AM
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Re: Custom Rifle - 500 yards max - what cartridge

To Jerry D. What was your decision after all the discussion? I completed the build of a custom 308, with 1 in 10 twist rate, last year and after running in the barrel got a chance to use it at 500 yards on a target range. Using Lapua brass, Varget and Sierra 175 grain match bullets I managed 10 out of 10 bulls with 5 being inners. I'm looking forward to using it this year, both for target and hunting. I'm also building a 6.5 x 284 for longer ranges.
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