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400 yard Whitetail Cartridge?

 
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Old 12-01-2007, 01:32 PM
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400 yard Whitetail Cartridge?

I have an XP-100 single shot and I am trying to figure out which cartridges would be adequate for shooting out to 400 yards with a pistol length barrel. Would a 260 or 7mm-08 have enough left at that distance? Currently it is chambered in a 7mm BR, what do you consider the maximum distance with this cartridge for whitetail deer?
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Old 12-01-2007, 02:29 PM
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I will say up front that I have never used an xp. I want to but just dont have funding, time, list goes on and on. The white tails in Idaho are the only ones that I have dealt with. I know a 243 out of a rifle will anchor an white tail at close to 450 with a behind the shoulder shot. I would think that a 7mmbr would work to 400 or so but I may be wrong. I hope one of the xp handgun guys will chime in for you.
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Old 12-01-2007, 03:03 PM
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400 Yd Xp

XPhunter will chime in I'm sure, he has much more experience with longrange XP's than most. I know he had a 284 that I think he has taken animals with at some pretty far distance's. Fiftydriver has built and done a lot shooting at longranges with an XP also.
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Old 12-01-2007, 03:10 PM
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7mm BR

the 7mm BR would work fine to 400yards as it has been used for rifle shilouete to 500m.

However if you want to step it up a bit look at the 284win as you could rechamber the existing barrel. also have a good break fitted just to make it better to shoot.

Other than this you could have the boltface opened and a 7mm short mag would be awsome but probably overkill.

The 284win uses the 308 boltface so it would be your best modification what twist does the barrel have 9.25? and is it 14" long if so the 284win would be awsome with 162gr AMax's.
As the xp's aee single shot you can throat them out to gain the best performance.
I would not worry about the 7mm08 as it will not give you much more than the 7mmBR. Go to the bigger case and you will be good to go you could also use the 162gr AMax as is in 7mmBR you will be supriesed try Varget.

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Old 12-01-2007, 03:46 PM
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I have an XP-100 single shot and I am trying to figure out which cartridges would be adequate for shooting out to 400 yards with a pistol length barrel. Would a 260 or 7mm-08 have enough left at that distance? Currently it is chambered in a 7mm BR, what do you consider the maximum distance with this cartridge for whitetail deer?
The 7-08 will do it to 400, but since it looks like you are willing to rebarrel I would consider cartridges based off of the 284 Win case (6-284, 25-284, 6.5-284, and the 284 Win itself) to get you to that goal easily and have some room leftover.

The 284 Win cartridge & it family in 16-17" barrels you will basically get the same performance you would with cartridges chambered in rifle length barrels based off of the 308 cartridge ( 243 win, 25 Souper, 260 Rem, etc).

One of Holland's or Carlock's brakes will turn the recoil into basically nothing. I use rifle scopes more and more with these kind of brakes.
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Old 12-01-2007, 04:55 PM
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Thank you all for the information provided. I'm going to play with the 7mm BR for a little while and then rebarrel.
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Old 12-01-2007, 10:49 PM
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7mm BR

Load the 7mmBR with Varget and the 162gr AMax and have some fun.

Let us know how you go.

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