Love to read about what everyone is shooting and tinkering with.
I recently went round the horn with a couple of guys that I hunt with. Mostly White tail and Coyo's but we tap out to about 500yrds. We have the shots for out to a grand but I am just not that capable yet. Not ethical for me to try yet but, Practice, Practice, Practice.
While My buddies needed to fix the Magnum itch I went to the books and tables. My father has a .243 Hart rig from the 60's that is a beaut. I put together a .308 hart that is a tack driver out to 400. But both of those were intended to sit nicely on a bench and not really be carried. Although I did once and at 23 pounds I was worn out. But both systems are over 2800 a piece with otpics. Not interested in beating up a $3000 rifle hunting and tracking.
But you get what you pay for also.
I settled on one of my favorite calibers....30-06. With a 168 - 180 GR Berger \ Hornady interlock bullet Game just drops and the ballistics are close to the 300 at medium range. Plus at a cost of .75 cents a round (reloaded) game on!
.30-06 Weatherby Vanguard - $365
Leupold rings and mount - $70
Vortex Viper PST - 6-14x50 - 650
Minor a sundries for Cheek piece and forearm rest - $50
Man I fell into a load that Rocks! Hole for hole at a 100yds .75 at 200yrds.
I was completely dumfounded. This was not my first load but I only shot about 10 different combos to find it. My .308 I shot almost 75 test loads to find a good load (but I was completely new to reloading at the time)
54.2 gr H4350
180 gr Hornady Interlock BTSP
LC '61 Case lot (250 rnds)
CCI LR 200
We were out this last weekend hitting tennis balls at 250 and old tin mess hall plates at 400yrds.