Originally Posted by rmsmith76
Thanks for the replies, as I said this is all new to me and I was told by the manager that I would need something that could shoot 300 to 1000 yards. I've never shot any sort of distance targets before as I'm a clay shooter, but really want to get into rifles.. My little 22 that I use for rabbits is definitely useless on the range..lol.. And I've been told to look out for a 308 or 223 target rifle, and of course I had no idea where to start
Mate what exactly are you going to shoot to warrant trying to nail something at 1000 yds.
If you can't stalk up to a pig or goat with in 100 yds or closer than you better give it away now. Shooting animals at 1000yds is a very precise bit of work requiring some very expensive gear and your hit/miss ratio is very high.
I can sneak up with in 100yds or less on pigs and goats using the wind and cover to my advantage using my 30/06AI.
It takes a lot of practise but in the end the rewards are great.
The last pig I dropped was up near Tullamore in NSW at Xmas at a range of around 50yds.
A .308,.270 or 30/06 will drop most critters in Australia as will a .243 and you'll shoot most game somewhere between 50yds out to 200yds generally.
For just shooting foxes or rabbits a .222,.223 or 22/250 will do for the longer shots out to 300yds but you don't really need some super you beaut whiz bang gun with laser sights to shoot most of these critters.
If it's deer your after especially Sambar then it becomes a different game as for Red and Sambar your going to need a good projectile and calibre like a .308 or 30/06 or better because a lot of shots are somewhere between 50yds out to 200yds tops in a lot of cases because of the thick scrub they're in.
So to make it easy what are you actually going to be hunting so that we can give you a bit better info?