downsides to single shot long range rig?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by KurtB, May 23, 2011.

  1. KurtB

    KurtB Well-Known Member

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    Kicking around a dedicated heavy rifle for long range hunting in western Colorado. The 7 Saum shooting 180 bergers is very interesting to me and I would love to seat them out as far as possible. I think that is going to cause me some heartburn for mag length and since this will be a 700 yard or a bit further rifle, I am just trying to figure out if I really need a repeater. Setups include setting up over oak brush filled canyons and shooting across with minimal hiking around.

    Say you ran an A5 heavy fill, heavy taper 28" barrel, would you feel really handicapped for long range hunting with a single shot rig? My longest range hunting to date has been with a lightweight 6.5-06 going slightly over 500 yards a few times. Looking to extend that by a bit. Thank you for your feedback.
     
  2. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    All my LR rigs are repeaters. But I seldome load more than one at a time. I load one and lay one or two more beside the rifle like I do when practicing. If a follow up shot was to be needed I feel I have plenty of time to grab another and get it chambered. So far I have had very good resuts with one shot kills. I feel if I am thinking the shot may require a second shot, I probably need to pass as my confidence in this shot is not good enough to justify taking it.

    JMO

    Jeff
     

  3. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    +1
    Sound advice !!!!

    J E CUSTOM
     
  4. RDM416

    RDM416 Well-Known Member

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    +1 for what Broz said. A couple of my LR rigs are single shots, others are repeaters but like Broz, I seldom load more than 1 round.

    IF I were to miss on a LR shot it would be because I have made an error in my dope so rather than just shoot another, I know I need to refigure something. In the case of a hit that needs a follow up shot or a shot that the correction is obvious, if you have your ammo ready it really does not take much more time to drop a fresh round in.
     
  5. Jackal11

    Jackal11 Well-Known Member

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    I agree with everything said above. I have a a few different rigs for long range shooting and hunting. I have a 7mm that is a single shot that I use for hunting and I have two 30 cal repeaters that I use as well. In my opinion if you are looking for the most accurate rifle I recommend the single shot. This will provide you a lot more bedding area. As stated earlier even if I use one of my repeaters I seldom load more than one round at a time. Everyone is different on this. Good luck on your decision
     
  6. budlight

    budlight Well-Known Member

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    I agree with everything said above. I also shoot and have loaned my 7STW to friends doing the Colorado elk and deer combo hunts. Before you buy do a little research. My only negatives on the 7mm WSM and 7mm Rem. SAUM are the case volumes. They just don't hold enough powder to use the slow powders for long barrels.

    Most of my hunting rounds are SPBT's In magnum guns if you have a few rounds in the mag. Take a look at the ones in the mag after firing. They all get a dented nose. Also in cold hunting I keep my bullets in a front shirt pocket to keep the powder temp somewhat nearer to my preseason bench rest shooting
     
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  7. trebark

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    MT4XFore Well-Known Member

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    I agree wholeheartedly with everything Broz said. I used to hunt with a #1, so I've never felt like a single shot was a handicap!
     
  9. dirtball

    dirtball Well-Known Member

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    In addition to all that has been said here the plus side is the additional rigidity of a single shot action with a long heavy barrel hanging out there, and the additional rigidity in the stock with no mag cut, plus the added bedding surface, which all makes for a more solid platform.
    JMHO

    Dave
     
  10. Boss Hoss

    Boss Hoss Well-Known Member

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    Easy Answer---just build a BR type rifle with a stock that you like. There are many actions like the Stiller Python (my favorite) BAT, Stolle to just name some of the big boys which I have in the safe. The trick is to learn to shoot RB/LP which makes a single shot much easier to use!!
     
  11. KurtB

    KurtB Well-Known Member

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    Really appreciate the feedback and very pleased that there seems to be a very definite consensus. Have to trip a couple of things to start building some funds. Thank you all.