shooting 600-700 yards

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by longbomb, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. longbomb

    longbomb Member

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    hi everyone,
    I waslooking at building a long range rifle but was wondering if a factory gun would work if the right scope was used .I want it for shooting out to 600-700 yards.im using a tikka t3 25-06 with 87 grain sierra spitzer and a tikka t3 7mm rem mag with 140 grain berger vlds.just looking for some expirience to help make my decision.thank you
     
  2. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

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    Your answer is Yes. You can deffinatley buy a stock rifle that will get you to 600-700 yards. Both calibers you mentioned are good, the 7mm being better for that distance.
    Before we start you may want to lay out some guidelines. Is this going to be a big game rifle, predator, target rifle? what kind of weight? what kind of hunting will you be doing with it (if any)? recoil sensitivity? Budget? Will it be Braked?

    The recoil sensitivity is nothing to be ashamed of. you'll be much better off in the long run if your honest with yourself. some guys can take lots, some not so much.

    I would start by looking at the Remington Senduro's, and the Savage Long Range Hunter models. there are others but its a start.

    I personally use a remington XCR in .338 RUM that I've done alot of cheap tweeking to, but it gets me to 800 yards. Optics is where I put most of my $$ and I'm glad.
     

  3. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    sendero or winchester laredo. if you could get a heavy barrel tikka , my understanding is they never imported them in the big cal like 25-06
     
  4. Long Time Long Ranger

    Long Time Long Ranger Well-Known Member

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    I have Tikka T-3 Lights in 300 wsm, 300 win mag and 338 win mag. All three will easily take game at 600-700 yards off the shelf with proper loads. These are very accurate rifles with proper loads.
     
  5. azsugarbear

    azsugarbear Well-Known Member

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    If your Tikka in 7mm Mag will consistently group under 1 MOA then there is no need to look at another rifle if your goal is 600-700 yards. I would shoot the heaviest VLD bullet that your barrel twist will stabilize. You don't mention what scope you currently have, but a simple Leupold 4.5-14x40 CDS (custom dial system) will get you out to 700 yards with just one turn of the turret. You could spend a lot more, but the above will get it done on a budget.
     
  6. SBruce

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    What are you planning on shooting at 6 or 7?

    Reason I ask is you mention 87 Sierra. Predators and Varmints.......Sure.

    I love the 25-06, gotta lot of experience with them; but the 87 (made by nearly anybody) isn't a 600 or 700 yd big game bullet. Most all 25 cal big game bullets are at least 90 grain, and usually more like 100-120 grain......just not enough energy and momentum left by time it gets there with the 87's, and most 85-87 class bullets are made and designed for varmints or thin skin game.

    I am not saying that if you hit an antelope broadside between the rib bones that it wouldn't do the job, but I personally would question it's ability it you hit any bone at all.

    Just my .02...........yes, accurate factory rifles are plenty capable.
     
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  7. Keith1

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    This past year I have been shooting my 25/06 a lot out to 600-800 yards with 87 grain Sierras. The only reason that I use the light bullet at that yardage is because my rifle shoots it super accurate. At that range if there is only a slight breeze you can't believe how much you have to adjust. Also there isn't very much energy left.

    I would use a larger bullet but this rifle just don't shoot them so good.

    Regards, Keith
    Semper Fi
     
  8. luke

    luke Well-Known Member

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    I bought a Tikka T3 in 7 rem mag for my wife.We had a muzzle break on it and I worked a load that will shoot under a half inch at 200 yards. I used 162gr SST bullets. She killed her first mule deer with a rifle this year(only 300) and got a compleate pass through, the buck was DRT. I had her practice out to 700 before season and she consistently was able to hit a 6" swinging taget we set up.
     
  9. COBrad

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    Have you considered a Cooper? I've got two of them and they both shoot better than the .5 moa they are guaranteed to shoot. I've shot marmots as far as 749 yards so far. Next year I don't expect any trouble breaking the 800 yard mark. This is with a model 52 in .270.
     
  10. longbomb

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    im shooting the 25-06 with 87 grain sierras for varmint only,but I bought some 110 grain accubonds to try on deer.the 7 mm is for deer and antelope and I really like the way the 140 vlds shoot but I have a box of 168 vlds im going to work up a load for.that leupold cds,thats the canadian right.I was looking at those but didnt know if they really worked or not.right now i have a ziess conquest 3-9x40 on the 7mm and a bushnell elite 3200 3-9x50 on the 06.thanks for all the replies
     
  11. RockyMtnMT

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    Run what you've got here. The scopes will get it done. Work up loads and go.

    Have fun,

    Steve
     
  12. azsugarbear

    azsugarbear Well-Known Member

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    Take a look at Kenton Industries. They can laser engrave a knob for your Zeiss Conquest based on your drop table and data. Once all your load development and drop data is done, dialing yardage is much easier and faster. It is true that one knob is not accurate for all the different scenarios you might encounter; bit if you keep shots within 600-700 yds, the knob will be spot on for 90-95% of your hunting situations.
     
  13. RMulhern

    RMulhern Well-Known Member

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    CDS is the biggest bunch of BS that I've ever seen come down the Pike!!
     
  14. Shane Lindsey

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    I have a Sendero in a .270 with a Leupold VX III 3.5-10x.

    It has been shot out to 775 yds with Berger 150 VLDs at about a MOA. Not much energy, but an arrow at 375 FPS seems to do the job. Sendero is a good start for the money.