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Old 04-02-2013, 06:20 PM
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How far can I expect to shoot with this load?

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)
Remmington Brass
WLRM Primer's
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.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:59 PM
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Re: How far can I expect to shoot with this load?

A lot depends on how much practice you get and how far out you are confident. If the conditions are right, you should easily be able to get past 700 yards if you want to.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:06 PM
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Re: How far can I expect to shoot with this load?

I'm just guessing without velocity data but probably 550-600 would be reasonable. You need to get the load and its velocity figured out either by shooting over a chrono or the hard way of taking the drops and figuring the velocity which by the way is very accurate.

That is a decent group (.654) at 100 yards. Take it out to 300 yards (my preference) and see what it does. You really need to get the velocity thing figured out to be accurate in your kill range estimation.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:55 AM
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Re: How far can I expect to shoot with this load?

Thanks guys. Yeah I have a lot of practice to do. I'm going to see if I can use a friends chronograph, and I also need to get my drop in moa out to 800 yards. Then I will be able to figure out what kind of energy I'm carrying out there. I need to get back to the range!
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:23 AM
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Re: How far can I expect to shoot with this load?

You can get a chronograph for about $75. If you really want to be able to hit anything past 500 yards you need one to verify the consistency of your loads.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:01 PM
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Re: How far can I expect to shoot with this load?

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You can get a chronograph for about $75. If you really want to be able to hit anything past 500 yards you need one to verify the consistency of your loads.
Do you have a link to one I can purchase for 75$ please. Thanks!
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:14 PM
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Re: How far can I expect to shoot with this load?

Here are some for about $80

Shooting Chrony F1 Chronograph
Amazon.com: Shooting Chrony F-1 Chronograph (green): Sports & Outdoors

Chrony F1 | eBay

Chrony F1 Chronograph | eBay
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