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Everyones favorite big game rifle, and its set up?

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Unread 03-02-2010, 12:56 AM
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Re: Everyones favorite big game rifle, and its set up?

1972 model Ruger 77 in 7mm mauser with Vortex 6.5x20x44 scope Ruger mounts, and Harris bipod. Go to load is a Hornady 162 gr. A-max powered by WW 760. That load and gun are good out to 500yds, as far as I'm comfortable shooting.
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Unread 03-02-2010, 12:58 AM
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Below is my favorate hunting rifle. It also happens to be chamberd in my favorate cartridge, 308. Every thing about it is set up for the maximum amount of speed with the maximum amount of accuracy. Lets just say she doesnt dissapoint. I like the 308 because of it's long barrel life, extreme accuracy and efficiency, short action and mild recoil. It also doubles up as an F-Class rifle. I have only shot one F-Class with it but scored 200/200 without any trouble even with an off and on breeze. I intend to do more F-Class this year. I will be using my 190 load at 2723 FPS. I use the 178 AMAX for up to deer size critters and the 200 SGK for large mule deer, Mountain goats, moose, elk and bears. It has taken dall sheep, wolves, caribou, moose, black bear, mule deer, sitka blacktail deer, and coues whitetail deer. A close second favorate is the 338 Edge running 300 grain SMK's. I use that for the larger bears, long range moose and have taken a mt. goat with it.

1: Remington 700
2: Jewel trigger (7oz. typical, 16oz for hunting)
3: Wyatt box magazine
4: 26" 11x Hart fluted sendero taper
5: Ultralight firing pin with heavy spring
6: McMillan HTG stock in desert cammo and utilizes an accesories rail underneath
7: NF one piece 40 MOA base 'bedded' to the action
8: NXS 5.5-22x50mm with MLR reticle and Mil-Rad turrets+ zero stop (she also wears a Mark 4 on occasion)
9: NF UL rings
10: Harris bi-pod

She runs 200 SGK's at an astounding 2650 FPS and the 178's at 2753 FPS which I have had them faster but she likes 2753. Those are my goto loads even though I have other loads. The 200 SGK is a solid .5 MOA load and the 178 is a rock solid .35 MOA load. I have lost count of the big game critters it has harvested. 25 yards to 763. Notable ranges are 400, 425, 440x2, 500, 550, 600x2, 702 and 763. She has never not once missed a big game animal in her sights.

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 03-02-2010, 09:14 AM
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Re: Everyones favorite big game rifle, and its set up?

I just wrote a long, entertaining and insightful contribution to this thread - which vanished when my ISP had a conniption. So many nice toys, ah! Two brands I see no mention of (correct me if I'm wrong) are Kimber and Christensen.

A rep was talking up Kimber's 8400 Advanced Tactical™ .300 Win. Mag. and my local gun shop owner is drooling over Christensen Arms rifles at the moment. Any thoughts people?

I'm about to build/buy my first LR Hunting rifle and I want it to be both accurate and sexy. My bare rifle budget is about 4000 of your fine, but ever-fluctuating US$ and I want something light enough to carry but solid enough to make recoil a non-issue.

Thanks from Down Under
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Unread 03-02-2010, 09:26 AM
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Re: Everyones favorite big game rifle, and its set up?

This is the rifle that gets used the most here in Texas---Kelby Action, Krieger Tube, Jewell Trigger, HS Bottom Metal, Jloh Rings USO Glass and a Mickey stock in Warp 7 --- a wildcatted 300 win mag built by Speedy Gonzalez

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Unread 03-02-2010, 09:30 AM
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Sweet rifle and a good photo. Thanks.
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Unread 03-07-2010, 11:59 AM
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Re: Everyones favorite big game rifle, and its set up?

you mean we have to pick just one????........

Well..... ok.....

Rem 700 BDL stainless synthetic in 280 rem

wearing a nikon 3-9x40 scope at this time.

this unassuming thing puts the bullets in the same hole shooting the 140 grain core-lokt rem factory loads at 100 yards.
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