Semi auto for long range hunting?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by thelukai1100, Apr 23, 2013.

  1. thelukai1100

    thelukai1100 Member

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    Whats a good semi auto for long range hunting?
    I'm thinking about getting a long range rifle but really want semi auto.
    and I also think i want it in 308, I just don't know what model to get or where to start?
     
  2. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    The "best" semi auto for long range is probably the good ole M1A and of course it comes in .308. If you go with the White Feather model you'll have straight from the factory one of the most accurate SA's if not the most accurate SA made.

    If you prefer the AR platform the LR308 from DPMS is a great choice.

    I build my own on a DPMS LR 308 upper and lower but went with .260 Rem as it is a fantastic LR caliber.

    Here's a picture of it.
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    It's a pretty good shooter so far too holding .7moa at 1030yds.
     

  3. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    Nemos 300Win mag,they make em right here where I live.Known for accuracy
     
  4. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    I'd really consider Browning or FN. I have both in 308 and they shoot 1/2 to 1" with factory ammunition. FN's has a chromed line barrel and they guarantee reliability to 10,000 rounds. I have the FNAR but it is in the hunting stock version, they come up on gunbroker occasionally. Absolutely awesome, new, $1,100., you won't look back. My Browning BAR is awesome too, same caliber. As far as real long range, I'd buy the Browning BAR in 300 win mag or maybe 338 win mag.

    The M1a1 is great too, just not a hunting rifle and more expensive, but a keeper too.
     
  5. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    I have to ask... . Just what makes the M1A not a long range hunting rifle?
     
  6. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    I guess I think of long range as over 600 yards, so it's more the caliber I guess. That's why I recommended the 300 wm or 338wm, they have more horsepower. My feeling is the 308 caliber isn't the ideal long range hunting round. It seems to me a medium range round for hunting.
     
  7. WildRose

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    In general I'd agree but .308 is the caliber he said he wanted.

    It's more than capable of taking deer sized or smaller game/predators out to 1,000yds.

    Most of us generally look to the various magnums however because we have a little Tim Taylor "More power" in us LOL.

    I wouldn't hesitate taking shots at deer, coyotes, bobcats, or even a rabbit at that range with the .260 under the right conditions.
     
  8. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    308 is my favorite overall cartridge, I have an M1 Garand in it too, still want to get an M1A, stupidly I passed on one in January, a National Match one in a camo'd composite stock. great price too. I kinda wanted it in wood, but now I feel stupid as it would double as a great hunting rifle. I was a little tight and way too cheap, I think it was 1,700 bucks and pristine with only being moderately used. I don't know the exact production date, but it was all original maybe 20 or so years old I'd guess, maybe a bit longer.

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  9. Greyfox

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    I have a Remington R25 in 7mm08 that is basically the DPMS which is owned by the same parent company. Also available in 308 and 243. I get .5 MOA loaded with 140SST's. Topped with a MK4 Leopold3.5-10x, it's an effective 700 yard hunting rifle.
     
  10. backwoods83

    backwoods83 Well-Known Member

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    If I were buying a semi and never wanted to tinker with it, just shoot it and clean it, I would probably give Les Baer a call and get one of his match AR10s 1/2moa certified. If I wanted to do my own setup I would get an upper from AR-X, and stick it on a Rock River Arms or DPMS lower with a Magpul PRS stock, and a Jewell or JP 3# or less single stage trigger. So many options anymore its just a matter of what appeals the most to you, most of the newer ARs are or can be made accurate and the M1s are as well. If you really want the most range out of a semi with a 308 size case you may want to look at the 260rem, 6.5 SLR (260 with 30* shoulder and slightly longer neck) 6SLR also the same as the 6.5SLR just in 6mm, then the 7mm-08 with 162 amax or 168 berger would also do well. The 308 to me is about out of steam at 800yrds, not that its not capable of farther distances, just don't want people to start hollering about ethics.