Just curious what everyone considers acceptable accuracy for a rifle you plan on pushing out to say 1000 yards. I just started load development today for a savage 12 lrp in 260 Rem. So far with seating depth tests I have got it down to around 3/4 MOA at 100 yards and I’m hoping playing with powder charge will tighten it up some more. Doing this just got me thinking at what point do most people say that’s good enough and just stick with a load.
Since you did not say what you are planning to shoot at 1,000, I will have to speculate. If I am shooting a BR target, it is the smallest MOA I can achieve, and if it is P-dogs or Marmots, basically the same as BR. Coyotes allow slightly more tolerance, but not much. Deer and similar, I never settle unless in the 1/3-1/2MOA range, and larger game must be in the 1/2 MOA and below.
ALL of this is based on the shooter's ability and experience at LR/ELR to make routine hits, good wind calls, mirage, follow through, etc, etc. Even the most accurate and precise rifle and load in the hands of a poorly trained and unskilled shooter can be less productive than a lesser combo in the hands of a highly experienced and skilled shooter.