Re: help- just starting out
Are the 1.5" groups with good handloads or factory ammo? Do you handload?
If that's with factory ammo and you haven't tried some handloads, then the 280 could very well be enough gun for LR out to the 500 yds you mention with good accurate handloads. Personally, I'd put a higher powered scope on it, maybe swap the scopes you have? I consider 1 moa about the maximum for shooting beyond 300 on big game. I actually prefer 1/2-3/4 moa max and have been able to get a few factory rifles (slightly modified) to regularly shoot this and quite easily with good handloads.........I am talking about 3/4 moa at 300 and 400 yds too, not just at 100.
Just one guys opinion, but here's some other options too; if you don't want to spend the $$'s on a full blown custom LR rig.
First, you could take the remington and have a match grade or custom barrel threaded on and have it bedded. Could also have it blueprinted/accurized if you wanted to. Caliber options would be something like 7-08, 260, 6.5X47 Lapua, 308, 6.5-284 ect. Alot of gunsmiths will work on Remingtons, not necessarily so with Rugers. Stock doesn't necessarily need replaced, but you could if wanted. New stock or not, quality bedding job is very important IMO.
Second, and probably a little more $$'s in the long run; you could buy another factory rifle that is more tailored to long range. Rem Sendaro, Weatherby Sub MOA, Savage makes some too. I am sure there are others that I am not thinking of at the moment.
Third, and most expensive is do a full blown custom rig. Mine have cost $3K and above without optics.
Best O Luck,
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Last edited by SBruce; 03-05-2011 at 06:46 PM.