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Old 10-12-2011, 06:35 AM   #1
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Have a browning a-bolt chambered for .270. Everything is standard on it. I have been trying to shoot long range with it. I've had some what success with it out to 800 yards. I think most of problem is guessing where to aim with the scope that I have. Just a mil dot scope. Out at the 800 yard range with wind it's hard to shoot with in a foot rue to your guessing where to hold. Another hint thing that I'm wondering is, is my barrel good enough for shooting out at 1000 yards?

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Old 10-12-2011, 02:46 PM   #2
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The 270 is a great round(I have one) but not the best choice for 500+ yard shooting. The 130 gr bullets get blown around in the wind. If you were intent on shooting at 1000 yards you should have went with a 300 Win mag or that newer 338 Lap round. The 270 lacks the case capacity and uses to light of bullets. Changing your barrel to a premium bull barrel will likely shrink your group size some (probably small) amount. At 800 yards a 1 MOA group would be about 8" and that would be unlikely group size with your light set-up in that caliber. JMHO

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i agree with hiwall here.

i think a heavier barrel would help shrink the groups a tad, but not enough to consistently hit at 1000 yards or even 800 yards. if you wanna get out that far, i'd look into a new rifle. you can build a 1000 yard gun for around $1000 easy, sometimes less depending on what you go with.


what kind of scope do you have? you said it was a mildot, does it have adjustable turrets? you should dial the scope for the drop of the bullet at 800 yards, not just guess. then you can use the mils to account for wind at that range (or dial that in as well)

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I agree with 762 in regards to the guessing hold over.

If you have a smartphone or pda there are alot of apps/software out there to help you practice and develope drop charts. No need to guess anymore.

Now about the cartridge, .270 is a bit light like previously mentioned, however, a .300wm or wsm/RUM/WBY. they are all excellent rounds with BCs that will help with the wind (especially if you reload and get a berger VLD to shoot well IMHO)

As for the rife an a-bolt is a solid rifle. I have an a-bolt II was a limited military edition, but shoot great, consistently under .5MOA @100yds. With good handloads that shrinks even more.

If your gun can shoot .5 and under, then its up to you to practice untill you are comfortable. And if you do decide to take it to the field. Make sure you practice different field positions at the range prone with bipod, sitting with bipods etc.

If you want an different rifle then, a savage/stevens action with an aftermarket barrel, stock, trigger, and decent optics will also do wonders and IMHO, is one of the cheapest ways to go....

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btw, i forgot to add depending on what kind of stock you have, that could be holding you back as well. i dont know a lot about brownings, i've always shot a remington, so i dont know what an a-bolt is.

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I agree with 762 in regards to the guessing hold over.

If you have a smartphone or pda there are alot of apps/software out there to help you practice and develope drop charts. No need to guess anymore.

Now about the cartridge, .270 is a bit light like previously mentioned, however, a .300wm or wsm/RUM/WBY. they are all excellent rounds with BCs that will help with the wind (especially if you reload and get a berger VLD to shoot well IMHO)

As for the rife an a-bolt is a solid rifle. I have an a-bolt II was a limited military edition, but shoot great, consistently under .5MOA @100yds. With good handloads that shrinks even more.

If your gun can shoot .5 and under, then its up to you to practice untill you are comfortable. And if you do decide to take it to the field. Make sure you practice different field positions at the range prone with bipod, sitting with bipods etc.

If you want an different rifle then, a savage/stevens action with an aftermarket barrel, stock, trigger, and decent optics will also do wonders and IMHO, is one of the cheapest ways to go....

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damn, only $1200?!?! my 700P .308 was $966 5ish years ago. i might have to look into savage for my next long range rifle build
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That's for the tips. I'm loading a 150 gr Berger vld with a bc of .531. It should do ok in wind. I know that the bigger built will do bigger bullet will do better. I'm looking to get a scope with turrets so I can just adjust and shoot. I'm already on with g7 for drop charts. Thanks

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Have a browning a-bolt chambered for .270. Everything is standard on it. I have been trying to shoot long range with it. I've had some what success with it out to 800 yards. I think most of problem is guessing where to aim with the scope that I have. Just a mil dot scope. Out at the 800 yard range with wind it's hard to shoot with in a foot rue to your guessing where to hold. Another hint thing that I'm wondering is, is my barrel good enough for shooting out at 1000 yards?
Yes yes yes the a bolt can an does shoot at those ranges but can u thats the question also not to be a bad news bear but at ranges over 500 yards optics play the part a scope in the area of 5x20x50 is a good start cant hit what ya cant see look at leupold or nightforce but prepare to pay good luck an remember most cannot an should not shoot at game at very much over 350 yards but hey thats my thought
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Yup I agree. I'm getting 1/2 moa groups now at 500 (3 inch groups). I'm in the process of up grading my scope for a little better power but more importantly turrets with .25 moa adjustments. I'm also looking into getting a wind meter to illuminate guessing the wind. I agree with shoot game closer as well. I think it would be irresponsible to shoot farther than you have to. Plus the .270 isn't the greatest caliber for hunting long range. According to the G7 online ballistics calculator and Berger bullets information I'm maxed out at about 650-700 yards for my bullet to preform.

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