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Unread 07-15-2003, 12:50 AM
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Re: need help starting out

If your looking for a new rifle that will go out to 500+ yards easily on deer and wont kick the crap out of you and is superior to .243" on deer, then look at a 25/06 Remington. I have taken coyotes and deer to 600 yards with regularity. Load with a 115g B-tip at 3200fps and you are set.
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Unread 07-15-2003, 12:24 PM
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I'll echo Ceejack when he mentions the need for a quality scope! In most cases, you'll end up paying more for the scope than the rifle. I think if you are strictly sticking with deer, I'd opt for the 270WSM it will perform well for you and won't beat you to death. Otherwise, I'd probably tune up your 300 Win Mag and start shooting it. Consider an accurizing job through your gunsmith if you can't shoot 1 inch groups at 100 yards and take up reloading if you haven't already. By loading up your own ammo, you can really tighten those groups up. If you're wanting to buy a new gun strictly for long range hunting, I would agree with your decision to do so. I'm new myself and bought a 7mm Ultra Mag in a Remington 700 Sendero that should fill the bill for most of my shooting but I would recommend that you check out a custom rifle if you plan on getting super serious about it. Research and decide wisely.

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Unread 07-15-2003, 06:49 PM
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Re: need help starting out

What kind of help do you need??

The 308 make a very potent weapon at 500 yards, even 1000 with the right gun and loads. 308s are hard to beat, they make tons of bullets weights and styles and are VERY accurate even at 500+ yards. In the hands of a skilled reloader one can drive heavier bullets with higher coefficients faster with the 308 than with the standard 243 or even the 7mm08. A 7mm08 would be a little easier on the shoulder but not enough to notice. Remington 700 pss or vssf or even the vs make very accurate out of the box rifles and custom rifles can be made to fill any desire you have.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
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