Old School to New School

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Lpart, Apr 30, 2015.

  1. Lpart

    Lpart Well-Known Member

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    I guess I need a little encouragement. I have spent 50 years with conventional optics chasing velocity to reduce the amount of my holdovers. I am trying to leave that behind and enter the world of dial up scopes. I have a new rifle and a Nightforce 2.5-10. My problem is between my ears. I have not been able to develop a load for my new rifle (300 WSM with 215 gr Bergers) that will successfully give me around 2850 fps. I have good loads at 2650 to 2700. I should be able to say that is fine, loads are consistent, ES are small etc and rely on my BR2 rangefinder and Nightforce scope. I know I should, but I am still struggling with it. It should be noted I am primarily a hunter and have a self imposed max range on game of 600 yards. I like to shoot steel etc beyond that for fun.

    Would appreciate it if someone could confirm that I should forget velocity as the end all and look at accuracy and then my good equipment.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Chase Curtis

    Chase Curtis Well-Known Member

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    Your on the right track.. a slow hit is better than a fast miss...

    IMO... I would also want to run it faster... around 2800+... generally speaking less time in the air is consistent with better results...

    Stick with what you have and keep banging the steel and it will help build your confidence. Confidence is a big part of this game...

    Just as a thought.. you might try shooting the 200gr berger as that would probably get you closer to your target velocity.
     
  3. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    I think overall you're on track. The velocity that is most interesting to me is terminal velocity. If your limiting yourself to 600 yards (me too) there are other bullets that will work as well as the 215 Berger.

    I've had good luck with 200 grain Accubonds, and Game Kings from a 30-06.

    Always hard to choose "best" out of the good choices available these days.
     
  4. MMERSS

    MMERSS Well-Known Member

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    4xforfun Well-Known Member

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    What powder are you using?
     
  6. Lpart

    Lpart Well-Known Member

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    Please see thread in the Reloading Forum entitled Advice Please - 300 WSM
     
  7. scrmblr1982cj8

    scrmblr1982cj8 Well-Known Member

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    I've always been curious as to the fascination people have with velocity over accuracy. To me, the most important item is to know exactly where my bullet will hit, not how fast it is going. Speed doesn't necessarily equate to accuracy. On my reloads, I start low and work up, and let the holes in the target tell me if the charge is appropriate. I've got a chrono, but I've not taken it out of the box yet. I've loaded several thousands rounds of without using one.
     
  8. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    what rifle??
     
  9. Lpart

    Lpart Well-Known Member

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    New build 300 WSM on R700 long action.