long range caluber

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by MattM87, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. MattM87

    MattM87 New Member

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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?
     
  2. Ranger-6

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    The U.S Secret Service countersniper teams were once armed with custom built 7mm Remington Magnums.
    They knew how to reach out and touch someone.
     

  3. hardluk1

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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 .
     
  4. Txhillbilly

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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.
     
  5. MattM87

    MattM87 New Member

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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!
     
  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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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.
     
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  8. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    caliber. i think?
     
  9. JSDenson07

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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?
     
  10. MattM87

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    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!
     
  11. MattM87

    MattM87 New Member

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    Indeed it was meant to be caliber I'm on a phone app sorry!
     
  12. DrumJunkie

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    I really like the 338 Lapua for distance.
     
  13. MattM87

    MattM87 New Member

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    Honestly I want to be able to accurately shoot to 1200 yards. I normally don't shoot past 400 or 500 but a gun store in my town has recently started 1000 yard matches and I would love to enter them! I feel like with practice I could achieve 1200 yard shots consistently and accurately. Also the rifle doesn't have to be a out of the box rifle for me it can be custom or highest end of production whatever is best I will go for.
     
  14. jpattersonnh

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    When it comes to shooting distance, it is more about the shooter then a $3000.00 rig. I use to shoot 700 yards w/ my .308. The targets are fairly large at that range.:rolleyes:
    Trigger time is the biggest key to becoming proficient at distance. I have tried to tell people that shooting 50ft w/ a .22lr on an NRA 5 bull target, open sight, is very similar to shooting 500 yards w/ a .308. In .22, the x is the same size as the bullet. You shoot 5 rounds at each bull. If you become disciplined enough to have 3 perfect bulls out of 5, you could possibly do well at distance w/ a .308. If you've never shot open sight, learn that 1st. It will show your deficiencies. I've got rifles that 250 yards is a breeze on a 9" paper plate, off hand, not a bench, oh forgot, open sights. You also should learn the 3 positions and master those. Prone, sitting/kneeling, standing. All unsupported, you learn breathing, trigger and timing. Then you may be ready for distance.
    Everyone talks about a 1000 yards as if it a mystical distance. It it not easy, but forget the visions of grandour. Being able to put 5 rounds through the same hole, 5 times at 50 feet is quite difficult. I did that on quite a few occasions in NRA Small bore when I was 14..16 years old w/ a Mossberg M44. It is gratifying when you go to the range and out shoot some wanna be w/ a 2000.00 rig w/ a rifle from 1907 at 100 yards using irons.
     
  15. JSDenson07

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    if you honestly want to get into the sport of LRPS check out the guns from GA precision. I'm lucky enough to live close to KC and have been even luckier to shoot one of these fantastic rifles. I know that sniper central has a store where you can "customize" a remington 700 (Basically just a bell and carlson stock along with a bushnell elite). For cheap practice use your .22, the wind calls @ 100yrds mirrror those of large bore @ 300(trick an old guy taught me). Find yourself a mentor!!! this is the biggest and most important part of LRPS in my opinion. I was lucky enough to have several talented gentlemen teach me to "reach out and touch something". Check out a remington 700, Sako TRG, Accuracy International, Savage 12(or 10), gun werks, GA precision(personal favorite), or mcmillian. to start. I hope this helps if you have more questions ask now bc judging from other post youre in very capable hands. Oh ps do not take one opinion (including my own) over another use them all and take all with a grain of salt. Pm me if you have any other questions for me in particular ill continue to check this thread as well.
     
  16. BlueTurf

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    After watching the Military Channel and reading various gun mags I think I would choose a rifle chambered for the .416 Barrett if I had an unlimited budget to deal with. I think the .338 Lapua would also be a fantastic cartridge to work with and build a custom rifle for. Being that my budget is limited, I think I am doing all right with my Savage 10FLP in .308.
     
  17. MattM87

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    Agreed trigger time is the main factor I have shot competitively for many years and most of the competitions were indeed open sight matches and if I learned anythig it was that without breath control trigger control and proper stance in the positions no amount of equipment will make you accurate. However open sight .22 shots at 100 yards for me are relatively easy on targets as small as eggs and I just want to try bigger toys at longer ranges!
     
  18. Muliemaster

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    7mm ultra mag, 300 ultra mag ,338 win mag.
     
  19. Marlinman

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    Then you have your wildcat rounds like 7.82 warbird, 6.5 creedmore, and 338-06 just to name a few

    God didnt make all men equal colonel Sam Colt did
     
  20. Muliemaster

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    The 7.82 ok the 6.5 could fill the bill tge 338/06 has zero real advantage over a 300 or 338 for that fact