Sorry this will be so long winded but I have allot of questions. I have a Winchester M70 (Back Shadow) in 7mm Rem Mag That I picked up 12 years ago that I want to hunt out to 500 yards with. I have only ever taken game out to 150 yards, but have the itch to put a pill in an antelope from a little ways out. Just wandering what y'all thought of my plan over the next year. This is a budget hunting gun that I'd like to try and get some distance out of. I don't have the money to re barrel, drop in a new trigger, or pick up a high dollar ring base set up. I haven't shot this gun in three years as it has been in pieces and haven't had a scope worth dropping on it. But back when I was shooting with it, it would do 1.5" groups at 100. So we have allot of room for improvement. I'm going to try to use the factory 26" barrel but I did put a muzzle brake on it. The gun is in great shape with only 400 rounds through it because it is not my primary hunting gun. I have worked on the trigger myself getting it down to three pounds, and am ditching the craptastic synthetic stock for a wood that I'm finishing out myself. So far it is laid in and the action/ barrel is bedded for the first three inches. After that it is free floated vs the synthetic that raped it everywhere. I'm going to pick up a Leupold VX-III 3-9x40 CDS for it this Christmas. They're doing a two free dial that I'm going to get in on. I have some cheapo Leupold rings and two piece base that I would like to use. I'm going to aline and lap the rings as the ring left some minor ring marks on my Sightron SII scope that came out of this gun years back. Is it worth epoxy (JB) setting the base to the receiver? I've seen some LR shooter do this to their 20 MOA base race LR smoke poles but didn't know it was worth it to do I'm still trying to pick some loads to set the turrents to. Winchester Supreme 150 grain ballistic tip is "claimed" 3100 fps in a 24" barrel. That puts me at 35" drop at 500 yards with a 200 yard zero which seem doable for me. But the CT Ballistic Tip seem to have a bad rep for not performing correctly. So I still have to figure that out. The other turrent cap will be set to a Hornady 162 A-Max at whatever speed I can push it. I have also picked up a new Harris bypod for it and a rear bag. I have H4831 on order that should be here in a min. What do you all think? Any advise to get out to 500 yard with this set up? Thanks for the help.