Best caliber for shooting 500 to 2000 yds?

Rick Richard

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What caliber is going to be the most consistent, easiest, cheapest to target shoot (not hunting) in the 500 to 2000 yds. Range?
Thanks!
That is a big difference in range. Just about anything from 6 MM on up to a grand, but when you get farther out then you need to consider large calibers and even larger the further you get to your limit. Just my opinion.
 

Sam4886

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Do you reload? That would mostly take "cheapest" out of the equation.

If you're buying ammo, maybe 300 win mag? I haven't paid attention to ammo prices for a few years.

My 6.5 creed does fine at a mile, but haven't gone further than that. I'd sling it at 2k, but I know my numbers and its going real slow by then. A PRC, either 6.5 or 300 would be better.

If my main goal were targets at 2000 with factory available ammo I would go with the 300 PRC. There are better options if you want to reload or go custom or wildcat or something, but the easy button is a hornady supported magnum. A 300 win mag or 7 mag would work just fine too, and like I said, may have cheaper ammo.
 

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Cheap and 2k just don't go together. The practice alone means burning some powder.

Do you reload? If not a 300wm loaded with a heavy high bc bullet or a 300 prc would get you close.

If you reload which you should to expect to reliably hit targets at 2k then anything which will sling the largest 30 or 33 cal bullets at 2950 fps or better will get the job done. Factor in recoil, action type required for some, brass and die availability to name a few considerations.

There are many cartridges that will attain the goal in a big 30 but IMO the nosler case really hits the sweet spot for 30s.

Were it me, id build a 30-28 nosler at 26-30 inches in a 1:8.5 twist running the 245 bergers or any of the other ICBM type bullets of 230 grains or more.
 
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P7M13

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Why not just try your 300 Weatherby at that distance?
For many people, *finding* a place to shoot that far can be challenging, unless you know farmers with 1000+ acres, live near an awesome range, or live near big tracts of public land.
Out here, I've met a few guys who claim to regularly bang steel at 1 mile with 308 at COSSA. When I find time, a compadre will show me where he shoots 1.5 miles in the GP National Forest.
 

Ken61

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I was watching the History Channel about the development of military rifles. Wen discussing the 03 Springfield 30-06 they said it was good to 2000 yds.
Interesting-- if it is good the 300 mag or any 30 cal with a higher MV would be better.
I like the 30-06.
 

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last summer I met up with a young guy that invited me to join them shooting long range .they have a 800 - 1600 yard range . when I started shooting with them there was Mike with a 243 . Bill with a 6.5 creedmore . the fella I met Jake , shot a 6.5 PRC and a 6.5 creedmore . His Dad Ed had a 6.5 PRC and a 300 PRC . I shoot a 338 Lapua . I shot with them about 3 weeks , Ed bought a 338 Lapua and sold the 6.5 . Jake sold his 6.5 creedmore . Mike stopped shooting past 1100 or 1200 yards . Bill stopped shooting on a regular basis . to make a long story short , now there's four of us with 338 Lapuas . we have shot at 2050 and 2375 . we should be able to extend this range out to 2 miles or more . it didn't take long for the guys to see bigger is better at long distances .
 

Hoppsing55

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Mike300wby: at 1100ft elevation a high BC projectile (7mm rem mag - 338 Lapua) will start to become unstable at around 1300 -1500 yds. Example: I live at sea level and shoot a 338 Lapa mag. Pushing an 800 BC projectile at 2700fps. At approx 1400yds, physics dictate that the projectile will start to de-stabilize, wobble-tumble, do funny stuff? Taking it off of it's directed path. For me to try and make a 2000yd shot on target, the same bullet would have to be leaving the muzzle at 3500fps. This is not possible with a 338 Lapua Mag, 30-06, 6.5 anything?

To have a reasonable chance of making a shot at 2000 yds with my 338 lapua mag, and present load data, I would have to be shooting at an elevation of approx 9,000ft.

If your are serious about this, you might start researching ballistic web sites such as JBM.
Look in reloading manuals to see what velocity can be obtained out of various calibers. What the BC of various projectiles is. How these and environmental factors, such as air density, temp, humidity, play into the reality of making a 2000yd shot. Or even a 1000yds shot.

Good Luck!
 

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