Originally Posted by mrmud
To axxe55 to my knowledge the longest shot was qualifying in the guards where I got 2 out of 3 300 yard pop up targets with open sites on an m16. But that was years ago. Did a lot of shooting as a kid growing up on the farm woodchucks coyotes etc. Some at pretty good distances just never measured unfortunately. So I have not shot in probably 15 years so this is more for fun and prove a bunch of buddies wrong that tell me 800 yards is unattainable and laugh at me.
get a good quality rifle with a heavy barrel in say 308 and a quality scope and start practicing at 300 yards. get the 308 as they have probably the best selection of match grade factory loads available and will be a little gentler on your shoulder in regards to recoil, if you don't reload your own ammo.
i would alos suggest looking into getting into reloading. a few good reasons why. one reason, cost. you can shoot much better premium loads you make for less than he costof the cheaper factory loads. two, you can match the ammo to your rifle and fine tune it for the best possble accuracy. three, it will enable you to shoot more because of the costs saved vs. using premium factory ammo, and the more time spent shooting will enable you to become a better shooter. four, it's fun! it adds enjoyment to your shooting.
not having shot rifles in over 15 years, you might also think about getting a 22 rimfire in a bolt action and relearning your rifle shooting skills. much cheaper to shoot and lots of fun as well. plus it gives you a reason to own another gun! i like rimfires and still shoot them myself quite a bit.