Question about my rifle setup...

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by roryhunt, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. roryhunt

    roryhunt Member

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    I have a Savage model 10fp in .223 with a 1:9 26 inch bull barrel on it. It is a real tack driver and a fun gun to shoot. My question is, with the barrel that is on it, would it be able to reach out to 1000 yards? This is assuming optimal conditions and shooting at a steel target about 30''X30''.

    The reason I ask is I haven't had an opportunity to shoot at that distance yet, and I was curious if the rifle could even do it, so as to keep from wasting time and ammo in an exercise in futility... :)
     
  2. Gene

    Gene Well-Known Member

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    Even a .22 rimfire will deliver to 1,000 if you do everything right! But for practical purposes, it would not have the desired accuracy at that distance. I shoot a Savage LRPV with 80 gr. Bergers at 500 meters. When conditions are right and I can read the wind well, I can keep it to about 1 MOA (a 5" group). I believe some long range BR competitors are using the .223 at that distance, but cannot tell you their results. It would not be a preferred caliber.
     

  3. roryhunt

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    Thanks for the reply. I appreciate the info.
     
  4. MSU Marksman

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    I think it's fairly safe to say that with the right load, you could reach a steel target at 1000 yards with that rifle. The deciding component will likely be the scope/bases to accommodate the drop at that distance though.
     
  5. Tom264

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    Get yourself a Leupold scope with M1 turrets.....get to know it, practice with it, and then watch out!

    Answer is YES!
     
  6. roryhunt

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    Thanks for all the input. I heard of a range in the Philomath area that goes to 600 yards, and I think there is one in Bend that is putting in a 1000 yard range, so sooner or later I will be figuring it out. :)

    Again, thanks for all the input.
     
  7. Lapua guy

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    Yes, but you will have a hard time knocking anything down bigger than a rock chuck. You will need some turrets with extreme range of adjustment, like 75 MOA. Or just mount it 20 MOA high.
     
  8. roryhunt

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    Not worried about knocking anything down, and I don't think I could even see anything that small at 1000 yards....lol.

    I do quite a bit of adjustment left in my scope. After zeroing it in, I still have 49.5 moa of "up" adjustment. :)
     
  9. Lapua guy

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    Might not be enough. Like I said, 75 MOA would be best.
     
  10. CRNA

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    You need to look through the older articles on this site. There is an article written by a guy who shot a .223 out to a MILE!! Very interesting read, so you should look into it. Without a doubt the bullet will get to 1000. I think more of a problem with elevation is going to be doping the wind. With bullets that light, they are going to go wherever the wind pushes them. Keep us posted on how it turns out.
     
  11. roryhunt

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    Well, my Sierra Infinity Suite v6 seems to think that at 500ft elevation, a .223 going 3280 fps gets to 1000 with 45.1 MOA of vertical adjustment. I can't wait to test it out.
     
  12. roryhunt

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    I definitely will. We have had some frequent "air stagnation" warnings around here lately. Absolutely no wind, smoke just hangs in the air...lol. It would have been nice for shooting long distances though.... :)
     
  13. Lapua guy

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    What projectile is that? I don't doubt it, but it does matter which projectile you are shooting.

    As I said before, it is possible to shoot it that far.
     
  14. roryhunt

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    I have 69 grain Black Hills Sierra HPBT Matchking with a BC of .301 going 3040 fps. Those are calculated at 41.8 MOA.

    Then I also have Hornady 55gr SP, with a BC of .235. With those, it says I need 50 MOA, so those are a stretch. The 55gr V-Max though has a BC of .255, which is coming in at 45.1 MOA.

    These are all at 500 foot elevations. I do a lot of shooting over in Central Oregon, where the elevation gets a lot higher, so the MOA requirements for these distances would all go down.

    All in all, I am excited to get into this sport.