Originally Posted by RDJr
I wanted to start long range shooting and hunting, but I'm not sure as to which kind of setup to get. Here are a few things I'm looking for
-Need it for big game hunting
-My goal is 600+ yards with targets
- Price Range is > 2000.
Let me take a stab at this. Rifles, like shotguns have become rather specialized. What you are asking is the equivalent of wanting a great trap gun that will also be a good field gun for quail. That sucker is not in anyone's product catalog.
Deer hunting bolt action rifles tend to be trim guns with slim sporter weight barrels and lower/medium power scopes (usually 2-7 or 3-10) in the 8 pound weight class. My two personal favorites are my Kimber M84 in 7mm-08 and my Steyr Pro-Hunter in .308. Both of them are perfect deer rifles from up close to 300+ yards which is about as far as I care to shoot deer at. Would I be able to take accurate shots at 600 yards at targets? Sure, but they are not optimal configurations for that purpose.
My long range guns are specifically built for that endeavor and they sport LONG heavy barrels and high power scopes and tip the scales at 15+ pounds. Hardly what you call portable. Will they take deer at 200 yards? You betcha. Will I ever take them out hunting? Heck no, who wants to lug them things through the woods...
Long range .308 (15 pounds)
Hunting .300 Win Mag (7.5 pounds)
Any good .308 sporter weight gun with a good 3-10 scope will allow you to go deer hunting and will also be fun shooting at targets informaly at pretty good ranges but will not be optimal for that because of it's limitations. There is good commercial ammo out there that will do for any purpose and there are enough options that should be able to find one that your rifle likes. I have found Black Hills 168 gr Match ammo to be universaly accurate in all my .308 guns for target work and Federal, Remington, Winchester and Hornady all make superb deer hunting .308 ammo in the 150-165 gr weight. One of them should perform just fine in your choice of guns.
I hope you find this info useful.