Been waiting for an elk hunt for 14 years now, and I finally drew a Unit 22 North Rifle Bull hunt for this December in the great state of AZ. In hopes that this would be the year, I have been putting together a rifle that I hope will help me with this hunt. It's a Savage 111 Trophy Hunter XP 7mm Rem Mag, BlackHawk Picatinny Rail, BlackHawk Rings, Vortex Viper PST 2.5-10x44 EBR-1 MOA Scope, and BlackHawk Bipod. I've been working up a load for the rifle lately and here is what I have so far:
3.425" COAL to the lands fyi
3.405" COAL (.020" off the lands seems to be the sweet spot with .654" grouping at 100 yards)
168gr Berger VLD Hunting Bullet
H1000 Powder (still working on the gr's, just used the start load so far)
So any ways I plan to take the powder up until I see signs of excessive pressure and then back off a bit. I don't have a chronograph so I don't know my speeds, but I hope to be at 3000 fps mark or just under. So now to my question. How far do you think my kill range will be with this combination? I plan on shooting a LOT between now and December and want to practice shots up to this distance. I'm thinking that I will be limited to about 600-700 yards, but that's why I'm asking you guys. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
Here's a picture of the rifle. I do plan to upgrade the stock in the near future.