Wow only been nine hours and already 30+ responses.I'm looking to build a 600yd hunting rifle. I'll be starting with at Rem 700 LA left hand, trued. I'm planning on a 24" bartlein barrel. I'm not scared of wildcats or Ackley Improved either. I reload so, I'll be developing the loads. The current rifle is a 270win, but I'm thinking there is more bang for the buck in LR performance and aftermarket support. Most of my hunting is within 350yds or so, but I'm wanting a reliable option out to 600yds. This will double as range gun for some fun and probably run 2-300rds per year on the high side.
I'm leaning towards a 260rem or 7mm 08 in the LA. These guys not restricted to mag length can be pretty impressive.
I currently load for:
308, 7mm Rem mag, 7mm 08, 270 win, 223
And I have a 6.5 Creedmore on order for my son. We'll be loading for it as well.
-Long Range Support in brass and projectiles, at least in the manufacturing side. I'm not expecting everything to be in stock. (I'm not against fire forming good brass)
-Decent barrel life ~1800-2000rnd minimum
-Enough kinetic energy for deer at 600yds
Would like to haves:
-cross over powders or projectiles to current reloading stock
-Factory ammo options are nice, but not required.
-Something that is powder efficient
-No one ever complains about low recoil...
Feel free to add details of barrel length, twist, reamers, and load data.
Thanks very much for the info!
And in my mind,only one correct answer.You are asking a LOADED question.
And in my mind,only one correct answer.
But my answer leaves 2 of your requirements out… barrel life and efficiency….
But it makes up for that with wow and impressiveness.
Imagine a 300 yard zero with 5” of drop at 400. 16” at 500, and plenty of VELOCITY to kill big game at 800yards.
Recoil…., not with a 124 grain projo and good muzzle break…..
And When you add the probability of lighting strike style kills out to 600, there really are no arguments that can change my mind.
@ButterBean for reassurance
Hespco, you left out .308.Any reasonable cartridge will work. I remember back in the early 1960's when I was in the military, shooting the M-1 ( 30-06 ) at 500yds with mil ammo. I believe something like 150gr ball at about 2750. No problem at 500yds. It's all about the person squeezing the trigger. Any average simple cartridge like a 25-06 , 6.5-06, 270, or heaven forbid the 30-06. There is abunch more I left out. You of course can spend a lot of money on a one of a kind custom rifle if you prefer. In the end it works out the same. A good shot, game on the ground regardles of the cost of the rifle.