What do you use for long range hunting?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by catch-34, Feb 4, 2008.

  1. catch-34

    catch-34 Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2008
    I was just wondering what setups people are using for long range hunting. gun caliber optics bullet ect. I was also hoping that John Burns could chime in here and let us know what he is now using.
  2. goodgrouper

    goodgrouper Well-Known Member

    Sep 3, 2004
    There are thousands of combinations. You might need to be a little more specific on what your needs are.

  3. ss7mm

    ss7mm Writers Guild

    Jun 11, 2005
    By the way, welcome to Long Range Hunting.gun)

    John's last post on LRH was in May of 2005 so you may not hear from him on here.:rolleyes:

    Like GG said, there are unlimited combinations and if everyone showed his, that is what you'd have..........hundred or thousands of different combinations. A little searching will turn up pictures and posts that will keep you busy for a long time.

    I will say, for what it's worth, that I typically use a 7mm with a variable scope and Wildcat bullets from Canada. It usually does the trick out to a halfway decent range.;)
  4. wildcat

    wildcat Well-Known Member

    Jul 16, 2005

    I use different rifles for different shooting situations.

    My 50 to 400 yard rifle is a custom Varmint AR-15 set up in 223. I use a 40grn V-Max. I use a Leupold 4.5x14x50mm M4 LRT scope.

    My 50 to 800 yard rifle is my Custom 300 Varminter. Nesika Model K, 1.470 Action, Bartlien 30", 1.250 dia. 1-15 twist barrel, Richards #8 Stock, Jewel Trigger, Nesika 20MOA rail base and Nightforce rings. I use a 125grn Ballistic Tip. I will be using a Nightforce 8x32x56mm NXS scope.

    My 800 to 1500 yard rifle will be my custom 30-338 Lapua Improved. BAT 8.5 1.55 Action, Krieger 32", 1.450 dia. 1-12 twist barrel, Jewel Trigger, McMillan MBR Stock, Vias Muzzle Brake, BAT 20 MOA rail Base and Nightforce Rings. I will be using the 208grn A-Max. I will use a Nightforce 12x42x56mm NXS.

    I hope this is what your looking for.

  5. ol mike

    ol mike Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2005

    You just got answers from some REAL experts !!!
  6. Tyler Kemp

    Tyler Kemp SPONSOR

    Aug 10, 2006
    'You just got answers from some REAL experts !!!"

    -Ouch! Never seen the show, but I would like too. What channel is it on?
  7. Patriot44

    Patriot44 Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    OL Mike, are you giving a complement to those guys or, are you poking fun.

    I think GG, Wildcat and ss7mm are pretty knowledgeble guys.

    If your poking fun, maybe you should find something else to do or go to another site. If you were giving the guys a compliment, then forgive me for telling you to go to another site.

  8. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

    Jan 20, 2004
    I use something that puts 2K+ FPE @ 1000 yards with what ever scope allows for shooting at a 3" bull at 1K.

    Some times the rifle is a 338 RUM other times its a 270 AM.

    Other than that I second what ss7mm said.
  9. John Burns

    John Burns Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2004

    I am using three different calibers right now.

    7MM Remington Magnum
    180 VLD @ 2950fps

    243 Win
    105 VLD @ 3050

    264 Win Mag
    140 VLD @ 3200fps

    I mostly used the 264 Win Mag this year to see how I liked it and if I would offer it in the custom systems. I really liked how it worked but it does require more attention that the good ol 7MM Rem Mag

    I am still undecided if the slight added maintenance is worth the slight gain in reduced recoil. I can say if you shoot a big bull in the chest with it at 1103yds he will let you have his horns to mount on your wall.

    I am using my custom Leupold scope. 4.5x14 1/3MOA elevation clicks and my reticle
  10. davewilson

    davewilson Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    John, i'm going to assume that you don't like muzzle brakes as i've seen a few of your shows and can't remember seeing any on your guns. you seem to prefer less recoil, was wondering what your thoughts were on that?

    also, was wondering how you came up with or why you have 1/3 MOA adjustments on your scopes? seems a rather unorthodox number. just wondering what the reasoning was with that.