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Old 11-06-2011, 11:07 PM
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I am in the process of getting started on building a custom long range rifle. I can't decide on a caliber it is either 300 RUM, 300 win mag, 300 Weatherby mag, 300 wsm, 300 RSAUM.

I want the rifle to be able to effectively kill an elk out to 800 Yards (Probally will never try it though). I will be hunting deer, elk, pronghorn, and etc. I have a 300 RSAUM in model 7 that the recoil was brutal until i put a break on it. (Gun is light). I am leaning towards the 300 RUM.

Remington or Savage Action
not sure on the barrel ( Sendero Contour)
Muzzle Break
McMillian A3 Stock
Jewel Trigger
bipod
not sure on the scope yet

For the range you want to handle, you need a heavy bullet going very fast. The 300 win mag, 300 wsm, & 300 RSAUM are close enough to ballistic clones to consider them one chambering. It's a good chambering with plenty of punch, and a quantum leap above a 30-06, but you are talking about elk at 800 yards, not a deer at 600 yards. I would cross the 300 win mag, 300 wsm, & 300 RSAUM chamberings off the list because the .300 Weatherby & RUM cartridges out perform them by a considerable margin beyond 600 yards, and because you already have short mag for anything approaching close-quarters work.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:29 AM
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Check out the 7mmSTW. Would need it set up to handle 160/175g. bullets. Coloradocowboy, you're livin' in the past! Todays 'factory' builds won't even think about keepin' up with a properly built custom, these days. Factory rifles are just that, factory! You cannot get a different twist rate, contour, barrel length, or stock. All are important, as this is "Long Range Hunting"!
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Old 11-07-2011, 02:29 PM
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What would the max range for a 7mm STW or similiar 7mm be for a elk? I have never hunted elk before but i want to build an all around gun.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:39 PM
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Not sure why you would spend a bunch of money on another 30 caliber. If you are serious about the elk go with the 338 edge. Ballistics are better than the 300 ultra for long range elk or big deer. Accuracy should be very good.
If you are not serious about the elk check out the 6.5x284. I recently put a magnum contour barrel on my Savage and it is amazingly accurate. Plenty of gun for deer or antelope with the 140 Bergers. It is pleasant to shoot. Don't need a muzzle brake and the extra ear protection.
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:11 PM
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what are the ballistics on the 6.5x284?
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Old 11-07-2011, 11:05 PM
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Go to www.6mmbr.com and there is a tab for the 6.5x284.
I have not shot much with it yet, couple prairie dogs and an antelope, but it did a good job on the antelope. I just built it this summer.
Load work up was real easy, it makes nice little clover leaf groups at 100 yards and we were shooting clay pigeons at 1026 yards. Every other shot as long as the wind was steady. It's my new go to rifle.
H4831sc and a Berger 140gr VLD at 2950 is very accurate.
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