Best target caliber for 600 yard

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by blade777bec, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. blade777bec

    blade777bec New Member

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    Trying to decide on a new target rifle need sum hel
     
  2. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    We can provide help. Do you reload? .308, 6.5x55 are my choices. 6.5x55 has very little felt recoil.
     

  3. austin92

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    .308, 30-06, or maybe a .270. Some of the older rifles like the mosin with 7.62x54r, an enfield with .303 British, or something like an 8mm mauser. All of those could touch 600 yards. .308 is probably your best bet though. LOTS of rifles chambered for .308, rounds are easy to find and they're cheap
     
  4. jpattersonnh

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    .270 is not a target cartridge. 7.62x54r, 8x57, .303 would not only touch 600 they all can exceed it by 100..200 yards. Not a bad thought though.
     
  5. hardluk1

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    Pick a short 6.5mm cartidge
     
  6. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    The 6.5 Creedmoor is one of my new favorite long range calibers,it was designed for long range shooting. It allows you to shoot the longer match grade bullets and stay well within magazine length's of any gun chambered in the caliber.
    Factory ammo is available in several different bullet weights/styles,and it's a very easy caliber to reload for.
     
  7. blade777bec

    blade777bec New Member

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    No i dont reload wish i did though dose the 6.5 come in bolt or only semi auto
     
  8. austin92

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    Yeah, it's not great but it's common and capable of decent distances. All others would be good for 600+ though. Got money to blow, get a 338 lupua :) lol
     
  9. Txhillbilly

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    The 6.5 Creedmoor can be had as a Bolt action or Semi Auto in an AR 10 style platform. The Bolt action will always be more accurate.
    You don't need to be a reloader,there are several factory ammo loads made for it.
     
  10. n_h85

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    Whenever I build a rifle I always go for something that is capable of doing everything. Remember, Fear not the man with several rifles, fear the man with 1 that knows how to use it... Anything that a 308 can do a 6.5 creedmor and a 260 remington can do better, but since you're not a handloader I would guess that the 260 has cheaper ammo. Also if its a bolt gun the magazine length shouldn't be a problem. Hands down 1 of the best Chamberings is the 6.5 X 284norma, it does not kick significantly and it is capable of killing elk at long range yet still very effective at short range. I have hand loaded long enough that I am not really sure what the ammo availability is like but it definitely outperforms both the 260 Remington and the 6.5 Creedmoor! I recently purchased a Remington short action from a pawn shop for 300 bucks. Then I'm going to rebarrel it to a 6.5 x 284. between the lathe work (125$ fit and chamber) and the barrel cost itself (300$ for a #4 hart) It should come out to 725$ total and I will do the stock work myself! Not bad for a solid 9.5 pound gun (including the scope)!


    Here's a savage I did. Believe it or not this is the same stock. It is now fully bedded and fully floated plus now the cheek comb matches me perfectly!


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  11. Txhillbilly

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    The 6.5x284 is an excellent long range caliber,but the barrel life isn't very good. I prefer the 260 and 6.5 Creedmoor,and I handload for every caliber I shoot,so ammo is never a problem for me. Factory Ammo for the 6.5 Creedmoor is less expensive than the 260 Remington in my area from what I've seen.

    Here's the 6.5 Creedmoor that I assembled-

    http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f18/built-my-6-5-creedmoor-today-81560/
     
  12. n_h85

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    I would definitely agree with you in terms of competition and target shooting (where you need better than 1/2 MOA) and shoot tons of rounds through it per year.

    But in terms of hunting and the occasional long range targets (where you need 1MOA or better) the 6.5 X 284 is not a barrel burner... Not to mention that extra 200 feet per second gives you another 200 yards of effective kill range... Don't forget there's the always the option of setting it back to get rid of the throat erosion so you can get another 700 or so rounds out of it... so I guess it really just depends on if you like to put your crosshairs on fur or paper...? Lol if you are a target shooter than go for the 6.5 Creedmoor if you are a hunter go with the 6.5 X 284 Norma