Help on long range caliber?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by thor45, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. thor45

    thor45 Member

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    I would like some input/advice on caliber for new rifle build. I am looking to build a new hunting rifle capable of the longer range range shots. I am considering a 7 or a 30 cailber. The rile is mainly a for mule deer and the occasional elk. I have a 280AI that I just finished and like and have shot a 300WM for several years it's a factory gun shoots well, but not a tack driver.

    Once I started research it's like anything, you get wrapped up in all the data. I have alot of friends shooting the 300 Jarrett. Any advice is welcome.
     
  2. Long Time Long Ranger

    Long Time Long Ranger Well-Known Member

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    You have a great rifle in the 280 AI. I shoot variations of the blown out 280 and '06 case in 7mm and love them. Your gun is essentially the same as the 7mm rem mag. The 7mm's and 30's are so close if I were you I would do a 338 for elk and then you would have to super rifles with different purposes. A great deer rifle and a great elk rifle.
     

  3. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    Plus 1, LTLR. Excellent idea.

    AJ
     
  4. thor45

    thor45 Member

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    Thanks guys. It's tough to beat the 280AI. I love shooting it and it shoots well. I just have the rifle build bug. I have looked at the 38's, both the wm and the ultra. Just so many options. I have even considered building another 280AI set up the for the heavier bullets. We'll see. I appreciate the comments though, and enjoy the forum. Thanks guys.
    Brent
     
  5. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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    I agree that the 280AI is a fine caliber. If you are still somewhat new to the LR game, the 280AI wont frustrate you as much as other calibers. It is very forgiving and effective.

    Another good middle weight is the 300 WSM. This caliber is also very forgiving yet effective.

    A good heavy weight alot of guys around here are toying with is the 338 Edge. It is still extreemly forgiving for accuracy and its effective range is staggering. The downside is that the recoil goes up quite a bit.

    Welcome and enjoy!
     
  6. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    With your 280AI you have the capability to shoot mule deer at pretty long range. If you intend to shoot mule deer at longer ranges, look at the 300 mags. I think Michael's recommendation on the 338Edge is a good one.
     
  7. grit

    grit Well-Known Member

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    My favorite 7 is the Dakota. I run a 189 at 3025. Recoil is insignificant (braked), reach is fantastic.

    In 30, I like the win and the RUM. 210 at 3013 and 3175. They are both superbly accurate rifles and calibers. Difference in recoil is noticable, but not bothersome (braked). The 7 is equal to both, at least on paper.

    I don't own a 338. When I do, it'll likely be the edge. The 7 still beats or equals drift and drop figures, almost to a mile. But, the 338 carries tremendous energy, forever. And terminal performance would never be a question.
     
  8. Kevin

    Kevin Well-Known Member

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    I pretty much agree with LTLR.

    If you want something more capable than your .280AI and didn't want to jump to the .338 then you could go with one of the big 7mm's and shoot heavy bullets well over 3000fps.
     
  9. 3006savage

    3006savage Well-Known Member

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    I would recommend making your 280 AI your dedicated deer rifle because it is very capable with the higher BC 7mm bullets to 750 yards. I would pick a 300 Ultra or even a 338 ultra and make it dedicated elk rifle for the occasional elk hunt.