Minimum caliber for between 1K and 1 mile?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by hawk45, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. hawk45

    hawk45 Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2010
    Target shooting only (paper/steel)...what caliber do you tend to shoot the most between these distances and what is your maximum distance you've driven that round?
  2. jeff 300

    jeff 300 Well-Known Member

    Mar 27, 2005
    338 edge my max 1500 but plan on sending some out to a mile this year
  3. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2011
    If you're going specifically for those ranges the .338's are certainly the minimum.

    If I were going to be serious about 1,250 plus I'd go to the .375 or .408 Cheytac.`

    You just can't get high enough BC's to shoot beyond 1,500 consistently with anything smaller than .338, at least not in any of the bullets I'm familiar with.
  4. JeffVN

    JeffVN Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2004
    for target shooting only, then you can thank a lot smaller than the 338. I would say either 30 cal or 7mm.

    I shoot to beyond a mile (1,800 yards) very sucessfully here (as in the Las Vegas desert - 2,100 ft alt.) with a 7WSM running the Cauterucio 189s at roughly 2,950 fps. My brother does the same with his .284 winchester Improved with Berger 180s at 2,900 fps. If you are at sea level I'm not sure the 7mms will be supersonic when you get to 1,800 yards. But here at 2,100+ ft alt, they are virtually always supersonic at that range.

    I have heard from some folks doing the shooting at the sniper rifle trials that the 300 Norma Magnum took the accuracy portion of the shooting category at 1,500 meters. I believe that the 300 Norma Mag running 208 AMax or 210 Bergers is a hell of a round. If I were not so focused on 7mm, that is one cartridge I would be looking at very hard.

    If you are talking hunting, then the retained energy needs become critical. When hitting steel at distance, its not the primary concern - flat shooting, wind bucking becomes the primary issue.