Re: New to the LRH
Well, then I would go with an SPS. Get a heavy barrel in 24". 1:12 will work for bullets up to 190 and sometimes 200grn. If you get the 1:10, then you can go as heavy as you want. A 180-190 grain bullet will do you well to 600 for elk, and probably even to 800 with good shot placement. You could load 175's for shooting 1000+yd for target and varmints. It's my belief that 24" is optimal length. If you go 26" or more than you will be able to take advantage of slower powders and heavier bullets, but the gain is minimal. I have a 28" 1:12 aftermarket barrel on mine. Next time around I am going full bull barrel to 24". Probably stick with the 1:12, but will look into the 11.25 used by the military. 155-180 are very good weights to use in a .308.
You'll want to Lapua brass, RWS, or Norma. All three are top notch. I use Norma and RWS. RWS is pretty expensive unless you buy it the way I did. I ended up buying their hunting ammunition at $20 a box. Shot it out and using the brass. CCI BR2 and Fed210M are your best options in primers, but the non match primers will work well too. Might want to try the wolf primers.
Get a 20MOA base of some type. That will help you reach out as far as it is capable. I know you said 500, but don't limit your self.
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