Great article Michael Eichelle, and a lot of useful information regarding the application of the 308, ballistics, velocity, potential loads, and use of various grain bullets. I've been lucky enough to shoot moose out to 400 + yards with a 30-06 220 grain bullet and over 600 yards with a 300 WM 180 grain bullet. Terminal on both of my first shots on the animals. Admittedly, Both times were simply guesses at best. Naturally, like most hunters here, quite a few have been taken at more do-able yardages inside 300 yards. And the Canadian moose is a large enough target so those are my best achievements. The only thing that offers any kind of explaniation for these great shots is based on tthe fact that I have shot a lot of smaller caliber rifles and somehow, through trial and error, have learned to "arch" the bullet to the target.
What I have noticed in your article is that there is a far more precise science to your successful shooting application(s) at Longer distances then i imagined there were. I'd say, overall, it all makes sense to me. I've been reluctant to get into hand-loads and have dialed in all of my hunting rifles with factory loads that have proven to shoot as good as they can within a 300 yard average. I now see that re-loading can make things much more accurate out to yardages beyond 300 yards.
I have been looking around at mostly factory rifles that seem to have some long range capacity, and as a left hand shooter the options are limited. In relation to less expensive options I have two in mind that I would like your comments on.
I see long range shooting as my next step in hunting...
1. If choosen I would have to purchase Savage 10FLCP-K 308 with accu trigger and accu stock, detachable mag., Carbon Steel 24" barrel; 1 in 10" twist; factory muzzle brake
and factory weight without scope is about 8.9 lbs. This is probably a starting point for something that is set-up at the factory in 308. But given it's deminsions, I'm not too sure what it's limitations might be. I've always preferred heavier bullets and would appreciate any comments you may have...? And I don't know if Savage would install a longer barrel as a request.
2. I do have a Left hand Savage 16 FLHSS in 300 WSM
; 1 in 10" twist and a 24 inch barrel, the factory weight without scope is 7.15 lbs. I could look at a longer barrel. At the present time it shoots Federal 180 SP quite well. any comments would be useful.
As an asside, once I found out that my Sako 30-06 shot the SGKBT 165s with amazing accuracy I have never tried anything else. But I don't know the extent of yardage with this rifle and cartridge.