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94browninghunt 04-15-2012 07:05 PM

New Long range caliber, just for target shooting?
what would be a good caliber for honing my long distance skills?

calibers i already have between dad and i:

338 wm
300 rum
308 w

and couple other high powered once

what would be a good cheap long range target shooting caliber i can use that i dont already have?

Marlinman 04-15-2012 07:11 PM

What ranges are you countin as "long range"

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hardluk1 04-15-2012 10:51 PM

223 in the right rifle is a fine cartidge out to 500 too 600 yards. Look at a f/tr savage.

Cheap to load that you don;t have go over to accurate shooters site and read up on the rifferent 6mm. Thats the bad boy bore size out to a 1000 yards followed bt 6.5 and 7mm. US F class shooters use the 7mm re meg. Those 300 and 338 at great beyounf a thousand if you can stand extended range sections.

Ranger-6 04-15-2012 11:09 PM

The 7mm is recommended for applications out to 1000+ meters and is a nice compromise between the .308 and .300 Win Mag. Because the 7mm shoots the lighter bullet at higher velocity there is a need to watch the over penetration issue.

tCan 04-16-2012 12:35 AM

Probably whatever caliber you think you're most likely to be shooting at something with. I'd probably go with .338 Lapua.

Sniper03 04-16-2012 12:54 AM

I agree with Marlin Man. What is Long Range to you!
400 to 600 you can get by with a 5.56/223 understanding the wind will significantly effect the round at those ranges.
600 - 1000 Although *not the optimum choice*, but the 308 would work since I have done many 1000 yard shots with the 308 (7.62X51)
Best Choices for 600-1000= 7 MM Rem Mag. and better yet the 300 Win Mag. or 338 Lapua. I love the 300 Win. Mag & *338 Lapua Mag for extended ranges!
The only issue with your request is the word "Cheap"! Larger calibers and specialty calibers are everything but cheap as well as the rifles. But you may want to also consider reloading for those calibers since it would also give you custom loads to match your rifle. Wind is one of the major considerations for any caliber shooting over 100 + yards. Good Optics are a must. And a 22 degree scope base mount if shooting the 308 Bolt Gun over 600 yards! You may want to do some ballistics and wind effect research on the calibers before making a final selection!
Good Luck with your choice! :)


NotMormon 04-16-2012 01:13 AM

Looks like you already have a 338 Lapua so on the cheap(er) side of long range, get a 7mag.

cottontop 04-16-2012 01:19 AM

I don't think it would be necessarily "cheap," but the .264 Win. Mag. is a long range cartridge.

Sniper03 04-16-2012 01:20 AM


Sorry! Did not read the list of the already have calibers on your post for whatever reason! Anyway an NotMorman advised I would go with the 7MM Rem Mag or one of the newer 6.5 Grendels. I know there are a few that shoot it at 1000. I have a Sabre Defense 6.5 and use it for longer range varmint hunting in Texas. Works great! You are probably reloading so the 6.5 would not be an issue. Hornady and others are now producing the 6.5.


Txhillbilly 04-16-2012 01:26 AM

260 Remington,6.5 Creedmoor, or 7mm-08 would make a great low recoil long distance skill honing choice.

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