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Building .270 Long Range Rifle for Cheap?

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Unread 12-08-2007, 07:51 PM
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If you wish to go long range Varget powder may be a bit fast and reach pressure limits prior to achieving a good velocity. The case capacity is about 60 grains of something like RL-22 or 4831. Try 55 or so grains of either and the CCI-200 and work up from there. The RL-22 may will end up producing the most accurate loads.

I've never had bad shooting with any of the sierras but the bc of the game king hollow point is pretty poor.... Nosler 130 Ballistic tips and Accubonds are great. For some reason we have stuck with the 140 Hornady BTSP interlock.

For reaching out and touching something you'll want as much velocity as is reasonable out of that cartridge. At least 3000 fps. 3200 is even better and some combinations of bullet, powder, chamber and bore will do it and with good case life.

As said above in most posts, don't mess with the gun but improve the load and the scope.

I hate to recommend a less expensive (read cheap) scope. I've done that too many times and have been sorry each time. One of the most reasonable scopes with good clicks and for shooting in day light is the Super Sniper. They can be had for about 250 bucks in the used market or 300 bucks new. The 10X is sufficient. The 16X is noticeably worse in dim light at least with my eyes. The fixed power may be a spot of bother for close shots but in my experience they are rock solid.

Keep at it and soon that 500yd buck will be in the freezer and the rack on the wall.;)
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    Unread 12-09-2007, 03:13 PM
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    if you are looking for an inexpensive scope look to the super sniper. remember these are 30 mil tube, i have 1 and it holds its zero very well. i just order the new bushnell 5x15x40 tactical new they are 329.oo. i have heard very good things about these, if this is to much money then look to the bushnell 10x40 new in the box they are 179.99. make sure that you have them in good rings and bases. then you can save for a mark 4, nightforce,s&b or Ior.
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    Unread 12-09-2007, 07:52 PM
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    I was wondering what Laser Range Finders Work for jobs up to 1,000yards, or at least 700yds?

    Here are some that I am interested in?

    Bushnell Yardage Pro Sport 450 laser rangefinder
    4x magnification
    20mm objective lens
    5 yds. to 999 yds. (reflective) range
    +/-1 yard accuracy
    5 yard minimum distance
    Built-in reflector
    Built-in rain mode
    Textured grip
    1-button operation
    Operates on 9-volt battery
    Includes carrying case & strap
    Camo finish
    2-year warranty
    Cost -- -- -- -- -- -- -- $161.00 at Cheaper Than Dirt

    7x25mm LRM 1500 Digital Laser Rangefinder Monocular
    7x magnification
    25mm objective lens
    20m to 1,500m range
    +/-1 meter accuracy
    Reads in yards or meters
    Instantly measures distance
    Laser-active indicator
    Low battery indicator
    Cross & rectangular reticles
    Recalls last 10 readings
    8 deg. field of view
    9-volt battery required
    Rubber grip
    Cost -- -- -- -- -- -- -- $223.10 at Cheaper Than Dirt

    Let me know what you think, will these rangefinders be accurate at 1,000yds? I don't know that much about rangefinders so any info would be helpful! Thanks Nathan,
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    Unread 12-09-2007, 08:07 PM
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    My brother had a 710 in 300 win mag from walmart. It would shoot very good with hand loads. It wouldn't shoot the vld bullets very good but it would shoot the reg. berger 168gr hpbt very good out to 800 yards very accurate. After he got the hang of shooting out there he built his own savage. I would say leave it alone and work on your loads, practice alot, learn the wind, after a while you'll know what you want to try next.
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    Unread 12-09-2007, 08:14 PM
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    i have a super sniper 10X on my savage 308 model 12 and love it . i have it as a training tool to learn to use the clicks . and dope the wind . if i was having any more fun it would be illegal
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    Unread 12-10-2007, 07:33 AM
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    sounds like a fun gun to shoot. My experience with range finders is dont get the cheaper models, I have 2 bushnells that didnt cut it and now have one that wil range out as far as my 300rum will shoot. Have fun with the gun and save for a good range finder. Remember that what ever they are rated for cut that in half and you can figure that as a consistant range yardage, expect for the higher end models that will range out to their rated yardage, just what I have found. I have a bushnell 1000 (JUNK), Yardage pro 800 (NOT BAD), and now a newcon2000 pro (Amazing).
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    Unread 01-02-2008, 07:59 PM
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    Happy 2008 to everyone!
    I hope you all had a great Christmas & New Years!

    So a few things have changed for the better! I should have some money in few months to buy a decent scope, rangefinder, and other things necessary to make that 1,000yd shot!

    I can have $1,000dollars max to get myself set up but would like to spend less if possible? But, I want to get stuff that works! But, on a budget.

    So as you already know, I have my .270 rifle but things I know I need are...

    PDA with Ballistics Data
    Shooting Chrony
    Weather Reader

    Am I on the right track, is there other things that I need?, also what should I get for each of these? Any ideas or input would be great!

    Thanks Nathan,

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