I finally had my first true "long range" rifle built. I have been shooting coyotes for 15 plus years now and have always shot .243 win. in a varietey of rifles. I have killed hundreds of dogs with my longest recorded kill at 749 yards lazered. I finally broke down and sent a Rem. 700 action to Benchmark Barrels in Arlington Washington. Here are my specs on my new stick
Remington 700 LA Blue Printed
27" 8 twist Light Palma Contour barrel fluted
Chambered and throated for a 6-284 Norma and 105gr Berger VLD
Replaced J-lock and firing pin
Shilen Trigger tuned to 20 OZ
Grey Bull Precision stock bedded
Badger 20 MOA rail burris extreme rings
Leupold VX3 4.5x14 AO with M1 turrets
My hopes are for this rifle to be a 1000 yard lazer beam for coyotes. I will eventually hunt pronghorn, mule deer and possibly whitetail (bowhunter at heart) with it. My question here is, Am i going in the right direction here??? What can i expect from this rifle as far as distance?? ( all my rifles, Tikka, Savage and Remingtons i have been able to develope handloads and shoot them all 3/4-1/2" so I can do my part with the trigger) I am hoping to find a load with Retumbo, H1000, or H4350 and ii have no clue what primers i am going to use. SO all you Veterans out there please help out a rookie.
I would go with a slower round, larger bullet with a higher bc if your plan is to shoot coyotes at 1000 yards. Overbore cartriadges can be finicky to tune, and some bullets have a distinct velocity range thay like to run. No point of running a 105 at 3350 if it likes the range of 2900-3100 fps.
Jim, thanks for the info. On the slower, my gun will be here nxt week so i cant change the chambering. I will keep in mind the advise you gave me. You built a Rifle for one of my best friends Phil Lincoln, it was the 6.5 SAUM. I shot that gun on a Caribou hunt last September and it was an absolute dream to shoot. Great craftsmanship!! PS it absolutly destroyed a varmint with the 140 VLD running right around 3200 fps
To repeat what Jim said, you may need to change to either the 115 Berger or a Sierra or the Berger Target VLD to withstand the velocities.
You can expect to clean the barrel frequently and probably differently than you do now. You can expect that shots will take 5 - 10 minutes to get all of the data collected and an output together.
Killing antelope at and beyond 1K will become routine and you will find that the lazer qualities are long gone and that wind is not the problem so much as a very accurate range. Of course if you insist on shooting in winds that are beyond your skills then you will be a very frustrated person.