Skip to comments.**RIFLE VANITY** Long-Distance Shooting and Hunting
Posted on 12/17/2011 9:34:30 AM PST by rabidralph
I am looking to buy a rifle that would serve two purposes: primarily a long-distance shooter and secondarily a larger game taker downer :-)
I like to shoot beyond 600 yards and I want a rifle to suit that purpose. From info I've gathered, I should get a larger-calibered rifle, with at least a 24" barrel. I would like to keep the rifle below 10lbs because I also want to hunt with it some day. I am interested in hunting elk and moose, eventually. So I am thinking of a .308.
You may consider a .408 cheytac for long range target shooting.
.338 Win Mag or Lapua. One of the most accurate rifles I ever owned was a BAR I bought back in ‘71. My eyes were stronger then, but it was good on ground squirrels with iron sights out to about 150 yards.
On larger targets it was probably good to 600+.
I’m not shooting moose and elk at 600. I want to only target practice beyond 600.
If you plan on shooting a lot, get into reloading which will greatly reduce your costs.
The functionality that you describe is the .460 class rifle:
.457 through .460 and there are a lot of them.
The rounds are expensive (2.00 per round)to buy as factory loads but they are cheap to reload. I reload .45-70 for about .14 per round for a 405 grain bullet. If I plink with a round ball, they cost about 5 cents apiece. If you get a long barreled rifle, you can also shoot black powder and use it as a 48 gauge shotgun.
The most fun you can have with a rifle is the .45-70. Endlessly entertaining. And they will splash anything on the planet.
Ruger #1 might be just the ticket, or Pedersoli has some rolling block models that are quite beautiful. H&R of course has their Buffalo Classic in .45-70 which is very popular and a good large critter rifle as well as accurate at 1000 yards.
I hunt for deer, elk, moose and bear. A 1993 Browning A-bolt Medallion in 7mm RM is all I’ve ever used. It shot sub minute of angle right out of the box. 7mm has a great ballistic co-effient, shoots flat and will take the largest north american game easily. Using 165 grain nosler partition at 100yards, I once shot through a 6’6” black bear lengthwise.
I have never tried to shoot an animal in excess of 400 yards and would not recommend it unless you are a freakishly good shot.
I’ve seen what a .300WM will do. It is a killer for sure. It also destroys a lot of meat in the process.
For outright varmint shooting like prairie dogs out to 600yds (if you’re into that sort of thing) I have a .22-250 which is sighted in at 500yds. I use a 4,000fps round for it.
It all boils down to bullet placement. I have used a 30 calibre weapon in Africa with a 165 grain bullet that has taken everything from elk sized game down to coyote sized game.
The recoil is relatively mild and ammo is less expensive than the whiz-bang magnums.
Which make? Go to a gun store and try different weapons and see which one fits you best as far as price, cheek placement, etc. Be careful though, you may end up with a safe full of weapons.
I'm glad you made this second comment. I was about to go postal on several of the FReepers on here who can't seem to read. You made it perfectly clear in your post you were wanting to target shoot out to 600 yards but were going to hunt at normal ranges. Why else would you ask for a rifle that could do both?
I think reading comprehension classes would help many of our FReepers.
Might want to consider a 338 RUM, as well.
Thanks for the recommendation. I’m not familiar with Weatherby but I will check them out. And their rifles seem reasonably priced.
Before you buy check the game laws in the states you plan on hunting in.
They may require something with more power than a .308 for the larger game.
Thanks for clearing that up for me. Any of the platforms you mentioned would be suitable for those purposes but as I said I’d prefer something a little heavier than .308 for the game animals you’re after.
Just a personal preference.
I agree with the 165 grain bullet, my favorite for .30-06 and .308. I also use them with my .300 Winchester Mag. Better sectional density than the 150 and flatter trajectory than the 180.
7mm.06 is highly recommended.
Good golly! Thank you, for comprehending!
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