Re: Out of the Box: Best Long Range Target Rifle/Caliber/Ammo Combo?
First let me disclose I am a hunter and not primarily a target shooter.
I have spent the last 8 years slowly stretching my effective range and doing a lot of reloading and shooting.
I was looking into the 7mmLRM for long range hunting. I don't recommed the caliber, but the one reservation I have with it is the same I will mention for the 6.5 Creed, which is brass. Good brass goes a long way toward good loads and good groups, so research that and see what if any limitations the Hornady brass may have vs the array of quality .308 brass that is also much more readily available.
Of course I do like the .264 ballistics much more than I do the .308, but while I have never reloaded or owned a .308, I understand it is very forgiving to load for, which is a blessing without years of practical experience.
Plus I will conclude with the observation that most people that get into LR shooting, be it for target or hunting purposes, rarely achieve their goals without changing guns along the way. Given this I think it is more likely you will end up eventually with a full custom actioned, heavy BR gun but that the Savage will be a better platform to practice and learn on for now and yes you may even get lucky and find is shoot's sub .5moa, but that is never a given no matter what you spend.