long range rifle actions

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by william clunie, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. william clunie

    william clunie Member

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    Hello fellow LRHs,
    I'm looking to devote one rifle to long-range hunting. I will use it for hunting predators and deer. I don't care about weight, I won't be stalking, just hunting from a stationary position.

    Bench-rest competitors usually use bolt-action rifles with excellent bullseye-punching capabilities. Camp Perry shooting involves semi-autos with pinpoint accuracy.

    My question is this:

    Have either of these actions proved to be more accurate than the other?

    Thanks,
     
  2. Agunner012

    Agunner012 Well-Known Member

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    A bolt gun should out shoot a semi auto all day long. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif

    AG
     

  3. sharpshooter1

    sharpshooter1 Well-Known Member

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    All being equal (quality barrel, accurately faced lugs, stock bedded, etc.) the Bolt gun will edge out the semi-auto as far as accuracy, albeit not by much. The reason for this is that there are many more moving parts in a semi-auto that must come back to the exact same spot to put the next round through the same hole. That being said, a very preisely put together semi-auto with a quality barrel should shoot just as good if not better than most off the shelf bolt actions. The main advantage of a semi-auto is a very quick follow-up shot, while the bolt action takes longer to reload. I personally do not see how this applies to hunting, cause I always try to make my first shot count /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
  4. Cruizin

    Cruizin Well-Known Member

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    Another thing is reloading. You can't use fireformed brass and a semi auto is pretty tough on brass and often dents it. I'm thinking this could result in different pressures that will affect velocities which would affect long range accuracy.
     
  5. william clunie

    william clunie Member

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    Thank you all for your informative opinions. I'll probably go with a bolt.
    William Clunie