I am wanting to get into long range shooting and hunting but have some questions.
I'm not looking to shoot competitions or hunt at 1000 yards, mainly I just want to be able to shoot targets and maybe take a deer at long but not extreme range. I am a beginniner so I'm not going to try anything close to 1000.
I dont have the knowledge or money to buy a full custom rifle and I don't reload yet. With that said I am looking at the calibers of .308, .300 wsm, .300 wm, and .300 rum in savage and remington rifles.
Since I don't reload and will be buying a factory rifle what performance is attainable in long range shooting?
Any comments or tips regarding caliber or gun choices or any other tips is appreciated.
Minmagman is right on point. The 308 is a great all around cartridge, light on the recoil, readily available ammo by many manufacturers, good selection of rifles by a number of manufacturers. If you ever do plan on reloading which if you hang around long enough the bug will eventually bite you...the 308 is economical, easy to reload and many bullet selections to reload for. I've heard some good reviews on the Remington model 700 SPS and Varmint version...both available in 308 and should probaly be able to pick one up for less than $600. Savage is also another good choice. Although you mentioned that your not going to shoot competition I thought I'd mention it anyways, many folks who shoot competitively shoot 308. Enjoy.