Long range with a sporter barrel ?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Tang, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. Tang

    Tang Well-Known Member

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    Is it possible to shoot 500+ yards with a .650 barrel ? My .300 Win Mag, shoots great with it's stock .655" barrel, best group being a 0.66" 3 shot group, with a warm barrel. Just wondering if it can be accurate further out, or if I do need to replace the barrel. Been talking to Ed Harren about doing a rebarrel to a #6 contour 26" Shilen. Just hate to change it while it is shooting so good.
     
  2. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    Skinny barrels can be just as accurate as fat ones. Especially for hunting, where the barrel can cool completely between shots. I wouldn't swap it out just because it's thin. If it's shooting well, keep using it until it dies.

    I have a sporter weight 7mm RM that is scary accurate.

    AJ
     

  3. Tang

    Tang Well-Known Member

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    I just ordered some 208gr A-Max's for this thing. It loves the 200gr Gamekings, and 180gr Interlocks.
     
  4. trebark

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  5. Tang

    Tang Well-Known Member

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    Here is my Ruger .300 in a Hogue stock

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    The .300 and .338 Win Mag twins.

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  6. soren

    soren Well-Known Member

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    I see nothing wrong with using your rifle for a long shot. Your first shot is what counts. Your not shooting a long string of shots. A heavy rifle will set still better than a light one; but if your steady on the shot it's GTG.
     
  7. Ernie

    Ernie SPONSOR

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    Yes, very possible!
    Have you tried shooting 2-shot groups with it @ 500 + yards on steel yet?
     
  8. Derek M.

    Derek M. Well-Known Member

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    Heck yes you can use a sporter bbl. I've had equal luck with repeatable accuracy. Here's my 100 and 200 yard targets with a 270 measuring 0.630 at the muzzle. 150 VLDs and IMR4350. Can't shoot any further than that until I get permission on another place. Rifle, scoped and loaded might way 6.5 pounds.

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  9. Tang

    Tang Well-Known Member

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    Derek, that is some great shooting !
     
  10. Ernie

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    400 yards, 7.82 Patriot XP-100, 180 grain SGK's-Elk load

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  11. Derek M.

    Derek M. Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. It's not as good as a lot of other guys of course but this rifle happens to be my favorite. It's a 270 built by Greg Richards, former owner of Broughton barrels. Blueprinted 700 with a Jim Borden Rimrock stock, which I like equally if not more than a McMillan. Scope is a Leupold 4.5x14x40 After I repeated both 100 and 200 yrd targets on different days, I decided to take a picture. You know what they say, it "lasts longer."

    I have 3 more pounds of this lot of IMR4350 and 110 more bullets from same lot number.

    I bump the shoulder back .001 or not at all if sized case will still chamber. I seat every bullet and check them in an RCBS precision mic and seat them all to the exact same thousandth, even if it means backing the microseating adjustment back out a few thou.

    100 yard group measured 0.137 center to center.
     
  12. davewilson

    davewilson Well-Known Member

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    Derek, that is one great shootin hunting gun!

    i just received a 28" Bartlein that's only .600 out toward the end, it has a reverse taper making it .72 at the muzzle to install a brake. i sure hope a smaller barrel can shoot good!
     
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  13. ol mike

    ol mike Well-Known Member

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    I practice shooting w/ two and three shot groups [couples and trio's] .

    I place my three steel targets at different ranges and walk to an unknown distance then range and dial the scope -then shoot two shots.
    I'm a walking hunter so sporterweight rifles are the best choice and they can be very accurate.
     
  14. Derek M.

    Derek M. Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately Greg stopped building rifles. However, Dave Bruno has built 2 for my friend who's going on the wolf hunt, and will be building 2 for me shortly as soon as all parts come in. Dave knows how to build a rifle too.