Your Ultimate 500 Yard Rig

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Good, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. SD300

    SD300 New Member

    Dec 6, 2018
    Mine is an Xbolt stainless steel long range hunter in 300 wm. It bedded into a Boyds laminate stock. Has a Vortex Razor HD LH 3x15 scope. An Mcarbo trigger spring. The lugs are lapped and so are the scope rings. Everything is torqued and lock tite to specs. Comes in at 9.5lbs with out the sling. Bullet is a Hornady 220grain eldx going 2940fps. Hornady brass, win mag primer, 77.8 grains of retumbo, 2.770 ogiv, 3.45" OAL. Stacks bullets at 100 yards and doesn't open up much at 500. Generally around 1.5" at 500. Had some less. Had some 3". But most right around 1.5" from prone. Hopefully next year I get to head west. Thats the plan anyways.
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  2. BrentM

    BrentM Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2013
    Interesting topic. I am just about to finish up a sub 8 lb rifle in a short action. It was designed for long range wolf hunting, not big game, but the platform I use is a fairly quick barrel swap to something more suited to big bear and moose. I suspect I would swap the bolt head and run a 7mm short magnum of some sort with 180 class bullets. Currently my light build is configured in a 6.5 creed running 147's. Good wolf poison for sure, decent on elk to 500 and under. I would not feel comfortable with 1500 lbs of energy on a moose at 500 though. I have only guided a hunt for moose, never shot 1.
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  3. BLK

    BLK Active Member

    Oct 1, 2010
    I would stay with my stainless Winchester 7MM mag with browning adjustable boss and Leuopold 6.5-20 power target scope. I have killed many a white tail and black bear with it at 4-500 yards. Loaded with hand loads Sierra 160 grain Game King BTHP bullet. I have it sighted in for maximum point blank range and use my range finder with a list "clicks" to adjust for anything past 320 yards. It works beautifully. I shoot only clear and open shots rested on a sand bagged rest and never shoot at fast moving game. On slow walking or standing game it is awesome. Have killed everything I have shot at with it so far.
    Knock on wood! I know some will say it is not practical to wilderness hunt like this but it is the only way I will shoot at game at those distances. Off hand is just asking to wound animals.
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  4. John Spadaro

    John Spadaro Member

    Nov 11, 2018

    I have been thinking about getting a Fierce Carbon Edge. It is about $1000 cheaper than a custom gun with a Defiance action and Proof barrel. How do you like the Fierce? Is it worth the money? Any negatives?
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  5. Shoalwater

    Shoalwater Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2013
    Just got done building mine, although I haven't even fired a round through it yet. Will be probably April before I get a chance to start load development, just sold our house, and all my reloading stuff will be in storage until the new house is complete in March. Gun weighs right at 9 lbs ready to hunt. Up at elevation in the mountains, it should carry 1500 ft-lbs of energy all the way out to 1000 yds, with the 147's. Although I feel confident in the guns and my ability to shoot game much further than 500, I do plan to limit the range on Elk to 600ish being a 6.5.

    Curtis Custom Axiom (Although might of done a Lone Peak Razor Ti action, would save about 10 to 12 ozs, if I was really trying to cut more weight)
    Proof Sendero Lite 24"
    Trigger Tech
    Manners EH1
    APA bottom metal
    Alpha Mag (Probably go to a Curtis 3rd mag once available)
    March 3-24-52
    Seekins Rings
    6.5 SS shooting ELD 147 until the Berger 156's come out
  6. darrindlh

    darrindlh Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2009
    For me it would be a 257 Weatherby carbon mrk V shooting the 115 gen Barnes tsx aT 3450 fps. This is good enough for everything in the lower 48 500 yards and under. Where I hunt elk at 500 yrds it’s traveling 2335 FPS and has 1392 ft lbs of energy.

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  7. 257WTBY

    257WTBY Well-Known Member

    Oct 27, 2012
    For me 6.5-300 Weatherby with leupold vx-6 should smoke anything inside 500yards easy
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  8. 338sniper

    338sniper Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2011
    Easy... Because I built it a few years ago. Dubbed the “kill Stick” 0E669F46-5CBB-4FB9-93B1-8A6077C8B671.png 3C5500FD-9B59-4CE0-8673-EB641131A403.png A63B6912-36E4-4601-8D62-878CAF993F50.png

    Gradous rifles 6.5x47L
    Stiller Tac30 action
    16.5” bartlein #3 4 groove threaded 5/8”x24tpi
    Badger mini brake
    Jewel trigger
    McMillan A3 sporter EDGE
    NF NXS 5.5-22x50 MOAR-T

    Lapua 136 scenars @ 2704fps.
    .0”s @ 100 yards
    .75” @ 700 yards (personal best)
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  9. Chopaka81

    Chopaka81 Well-Known Member

    Oct 9, 2007
    Out to 500yds I would use the KISS principle. 3x9x40 VX2 Luepold on either a 300Win or 7mm Rem with a tailored handload. In the 300 I would use a 180gr boattail and the 7mm i would go with a 160gr boattail. Nothing fancy, just proven reliability. If i was going light weight I would go the a 7mm Rem.
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  10. AD5GB

    AD5GB Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2016
    My 2 pennies worth: my .270 Rem ADL fitted with a 26" Krieger barrel works very well at 500. So does my .300 WM Model 70 Winchester fitted with a 27" Brux barrel.
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  11. Craveman85

    Craveman85 Active Member

    Apr 28, 2016
    I want a custom built 700 in 300 win mag. 700 action with a 26" varmint contour hart barrel and a Remington vls stock. Even though they don't have the vls for long action. That's my absolute favorite stock . Pillar and glass bedded of course. A good steel one piece base, a jewel trigger and probably a vortex ffp 4-16 . Maybe one of Hart's muzzle brakes too . Some lead added to the butt so it's about 13.5# . Pretty much identical to my 260 with a brake
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  12. AHoffart

    AHoffart Member

    Dec 6, 2018
    I have several i use on my mtn hunts--one is a Lex Webernick in 280AI --the other is a custom I had built this year..has a Defiance Action, Proof Barrel and Christenson carbon fiber stock.. in 28 my home state, the one I have used the most is a HS in 300RUM..all three are very accurate and more than capable to 500 and beyond..Here is my last hunt in Turkey a few weeks ago..

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  13. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2008
    It would have to be my Cooper 52 in 6.5x284.....
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  14. RH300UM

    RH300UM Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    7RBH weighs in at 8 lbs. 177 Hammer Hunter bullet going @3300 fps. Will deliver the power to 800+ yards.
    You never know if there will be the need to go longer. I like to have the capacity to do so.

    Rogue action
    3 port brake
    24” sendero lite
    Manners eh6
    Bdl bottom
    Nightforce scope
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2018
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