New to the forum today but have been reading quite a bit recently. I'll give you all a little bit of info about myself before we get into the meaty stuff (hah).
I'm in my mid-twenties and have been hunting since I was a little boy with my dad. Dove, quail, duck, pheasant, whitetail, boar, coyotes and sometimes squirrel and prairie dog. I consider myself a pretty good shot with shotguns and rifles and enjoy hunting and shooting a lot. I've currently been living out of the country for about five years now living in Scotland, but will be returning to my beloved Texas in the next several months. Haven't had as many opportunities to shoot abroad as I wanted, but as soon as I return I'll be gettin back into it.
Now, I'm on this forum to get a little help/knowledge from the rest of you very experienced long range hunters. When I move back I'll most likely be moving to central/West Texas and will be getting back into whitetail hunting. When I used to hunt out there I always relied on my .270 Winchester with a nice Leupold (no BDC or turrets just standard hunting scope). With some higher quality factory ammo I can easily shoot 1" sometimes sub 1' groups of 3 @100 yds. I've shot a couple of deer @300 when the conditions suited and I felt comfortable, both single shot kills. I've shot a bunch of does at 150-250 range as well and can only remember needing to take a second shot once (probably not necessary but she didn't go down immediately so I didn't want to risk it). I love the flat trajectory of the .270, its portability on all day hunts, and very manageable recoil. I'm also proficient with a 7-30 Waters lever action within 150 yards - great bush huntin rifle.
I'll never sell my .270 or 7-30 Waters and plan on hunting with them 'til they die or I do
. However, I want to add a longer range whitetail (maybe Muley) rifle to the arsenal. I've been researching some calibers for this project and have a max range of 700 yards as a benchmark. In all likelihood I won't be trying to shoot any whitetail beyond 450 or 500 depending on conditions, but would like that extra couple hundred yards of power for some coyotes. I'm interested in the .270 WSM, 6.5-284 Norma, .308, .257 WBY Mag and maybe a couple others.
I've given myself a $4,000 budget for a complete package including high quality optics. I would love to hear some feedback from you all. Again just to recap: looking for 700 yard max range (coyotes) 450-500 range (whitetails), no ultra mags cause I definitely get the flinch with those. Looking for a semi-custom factory rifle, or possibly fully custom. Now since I'm a newbie to the LRH rifle scene please excuse any naivete on my part from my previous suggestions. Also, I will most likely get into handloading in the future, but for now let's assume I'm using higher-end factory ammo (price does not matter at this point). I'd love to hear your suggestions on calibers, models, barrel lengths/types/twists, ammo, etc. Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to give you as much information as possible! Also, if this is in the wrong place in the forums forgive me. Thanks and have a good one.