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Old 02-23-2012, 02:48 PM   #1
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I'm looking into buying a rifle for long range competitions and was wondering what caliber you guys would reccomend I like .308 but I was wondering if I should go bigger?

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Whats long range to you. 400,600 or a 1000 yards. And what kind of a budget do you have to spend .What kind of accuracy. If really competitive is what you want look at savages target series. They have a few that are ready for competition right out of the box .

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The 308 is a good caliber,but there are several that work better at long range.
300WM,6.5x284,as well as the 338 Lapua.
There are others also.

A good rifle for LR shooting isn't cheap,and then the optics for it will cost as much,if not more than the gun,if your serious about it.Most LR shooter's have several thousand dollars in their rigs.

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I'm expecting to pay for the gun and dearly! I realize I may have a grand and a half in the rifle easy and as much for the best optics however if that's the price I pay then so be it I want to be accurate out to 1000 and even 1200 yards! For 400 and 600 any well made bolt .308 would work but this has to be very precise!

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I'm expecting to pay for the gun and dearly! I realize I may have a grand and a half in the rifle easy and as much for the best optics however if that's the price I pay then so be it I want to be accurate out to 1000 and even 1200 yards! For 400 and 600 any well made bolt .308 would work but this has to be very precise!
you might want to revise your budget. expect about twice that in the rifle and about twice that in scope to reach the distances you say you want to shoot at accurately. also need to give some thought to reloading to be able to fine tune the ammo for maximum accuracy and also lots of shooting and learning. more than likely you will have to end up having built or building a rifle to achieve the results you are after. most out of the box rifles aren't capable of being able to shoot accurately at 1000+ yards. there are some that can, but they are expensive and few and far between. my suggestion, and is the route i took, find a gunsmith and a barrelmaker and start from the ground up with all new parts and then build the rifle you want. my suggestion in calibers would be the 6.5-284, 300 win. mag., 6.5-06, or even the 338 lapua. there are others also that could fit the needs of shooting long distances. shooting long ranges accurately is an expensive hobby. my new current rifle including optics when finished will be around the $6000 or more in price when i finish with it.
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What's a "caluber"

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6.5x284 7mm ultra 338lapua 338RUM 300win 300ultra 50bmg .243...honestly It depends on how far you want to shoot,(no offense meant) your shooting ability, the guns capability(lets face it not all guns are built equal), and several,other factors. Let me ask you a question in return, honestly how far do you normally shoot?

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you might want to revise your budget. expect about twice that in the rifle and about twice that in scope to reach the distances you say you want to shoot at accurately. also need to give some thought to reloading to be able to fine tune the ammo for maximum accuracy and also lots of shooting and learning. more than likely you will have to end up having built or building a rifle to achieve the results you are after. most out of the box rifles aren't capable of being able to shoot accurately at 1000+ yards. there are some that can, but they are expensive and few and far between. my suggestion, and is the route i took, find a gunsmith and a barrelmaker and start from the ground up with all new parts and then build the rifle you want. my suggestion in calibers would be the 6.5-284, 300 win. mag., 6.5-06, or even the 338 lapua. there are others also that could fit the needs of shooting long distances. shooting long ranges accurately is an expensive hobby. my new current rifle including optics when finished will be around the $6000 or more in price when i finish with it.
Honestly expense isn't my biggest worry ill pay whatever I have to pay in order to get the best possible accuracy I can. As far as hand loading goes I'm prepared to that as well to acheive the best results. I have been looking into .300 wm and its starting to catch my attention more than the .308 ever did!
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