New Build-What Caliber

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by rudyl, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. rudyl

    rudyl Member

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    I'd like to build a long range rig (500-800 yds). I'd like to do it in a .257Wby Mag. Do you all think this will hold KE for hogs at that range. I've always liked that caliber and that is the only reason I'm thinking of it. Accuracy should be good right?
     
  2. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    That will do fine. You will want to use a 110-120 premium hunting bullet of some type. You will want a mono metal bullet or a bonded core bullet.

    Tank
     
  3. 600BP

    600BP Well-Known Member

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    Barnes 100gr TSX is a good consideration. Has never failed, for me at least. Expands at velocities as low as 1800 fps, so it gives you a heck of a head start if you're launching them out at 3700-3800 fps. You won't be disappointed.

    Best of Luck
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  4. matt_3479

    matt_3479 Well-Known Member

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    It would be plenty fine. But i personally would pick the 6.5-284 or 270. wsm. Gives you a little more range, and power.
     
  5. jcvibby

    jcvibby Non-Profit Sponsor

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    I would also pick something in the 6.5 caliber. Not enough really good bullet choices for the 257.

    Something like a 260 Rem or a 6.5X284 lapua would be pretty sweet for your needs.

    Lots of good brass and components to choose from as well.
     
  6. backwoods83

    backwoods83 Well-Known Member

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    The 257 roy is a 600 yard laser I love it, but my vote goes to the 6.5x284 or a match chambered 6.5x257wby its easy to load for and will shoot 140 berger vlds at 3300fps easily in a 26" barrel.