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Old 01-27-2013, 02:04 AM   #1
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What is a good calibre for shooting anywhere between 500-1000 metres? What scope? What ammo would you recommend? And what grain for which distances ..thanks.

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Old 01-27-2013, 02:08 AM   #2
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With some tweeking and you spending a lot of trigger time, the R700 in 30.06 you have will do the job. Nikon, Leupold, Vortex and others make great scopes. As to ammo, most of the folks here will say roll your own, I'm sure they will post some of their favorite loads.

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I shoot up to 1000 with my 308. Using a 175 grain handload. I use a vortex viper pst 5-15x44 mil mil riflescope. Although I think handloads are the best route, federal gold medal match ammunition will put up a good fight against most peoples reloads as far as accuracy goes

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With some tweeking and you spending a lot of trigger time, the R700 in 30.06 you have will do the job. Nikon, Leupold, Vortex and others make great scopes. As to ammo, most of the folks here will say roll your own, I'm sure they will post some of their fovorite loads.
Thank you, I have a Bushnell sportsmen 3-9x40mm from my savage axis XP. But I don't have the knowledge nor the room to "roll my own" ammo unfortunately but I have bout two types of .30-06 from cabelas ($20 a box)

Federal power shock 150gr and Winchester super X 150gr.
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I shoot up to 1000 with my 308. Using a 175 grain handload. I use a vortex viper pst 5-15x44 mil mil riflescope. Although I think handloads are the best route, federal gold medal match ammunition will put up a good fight against most peoples reloads as far as accuracy goes
Any photos of your .308? Funny story bout my R700 is that I was gunning for a .308 and they discontinued the .308 R700 SPS DM model so since I already had a savage axis XP in .30-06 I might as well get it in the same calibre.
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Thank you, I have a Bushnell sportsmen 3-9x40mm from my savage axis XP. But I don't have the knowledge nor the room to "roll my own" ammo unfortunately but I have bout two types of .30-06 from cabelas ($20 a box)

Federal power shock 150gr and Winchester super X 150gr.
well you really need to upgrade the scope. beyond 500m (546 yrds) is going to require good optics. up to 1500m (1640 yrds) is going to require very good optics.

second, you will need to upgrade your ammo to some of the premium match grade ammo. much more consistent.
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second, you will need to upgrade your ammo to some of the premium match grade ammo. much more consistent.
What match grade ammo is out there that won't leave my leather wallet with a big hole through it? What grain are we talking?
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What match grade ammo is out there that won't leave my leather wallet with a big hole through it? What grain are we talking?
if you don't reload, or have deep pockets, then long distance shooting isn't goingto work out very well for you. you are going to end up very disappointed.

to be able to shoot accurately at long ranges requires lots of trigger time, which lots of bullets sent down range. ammo is going to be expensive if you don't reload for the premium ammo. even if you buy the cheaper ammo, it's going to be expensive.

in a nutshell, long range shooting is not geared for those on a tight budget.
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What match grade ammo is out there that won't leave my leather wallet with a big hole through it? What grain are we talking?
The Federal Gold Medal Match is pretty awesome stuff. Palmetto state armory has it on sale every once in a while. I snagged 200 rounds of it for around 14 bucks a box of 20 at the beginning of the year. I use the 168 SMK but your rifle may like something different.
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Federal gold medal match holds the standard to which others are compared to. And for the price, you can't beat it. For long distance I would suggest atleast a 175 gr. As far as optics go, live by the saying clarity over magnification. Some of the longest shots made with a 308 was done with a 10x fixed Leupold. I run vortex optics on all my rifles because the glass is super clear, features are awesome, wont put a dent in your wallet, and your can't beat their warranty. Here's some pics of my rifle and a few hundred yard groups with handloads

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