New Long range caliber, just for target shooting?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by 94browninghunt, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. 94browninghunt

    94browninghunt New Member

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    what would be a good caliber for honing my long distance skills?

    calibers i already have between dad and i:

    338lm
    338 wm
    300wm
    300 rum
    308 w
    270
    223
    22

    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?
     
  2. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    What ranges are you countin as "long range"

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  3. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    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.
     
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  4. Ranger-6

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    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.

    http://www.snipercentral.com/7mm.htm
     
  5. tCan

    tCan Active Member

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    Probably whatever caliber you think you're most likely to be shooting at something with. I'd probably go with .338 Lapua.
     
  6. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    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! :)

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  7. NotMormon

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

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    I don't think it would be necessarily "cheap," but the .264 Win. Mag. is a long range cartridge.
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  9. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    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.

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  10. Txhillbilly

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    260 Remington,6.5 Creedmoor, or 7mm-08 would make a great low recoil long distance skill honing choice.
     
  11. mrm14

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    The 308 Win. would be a good trainer caliber. The barrel life is long in this caliber and should allow you 1000's of rounds through it before it goes south. Barrel should last about 6500 rounds. I started with a 300 Win. Mag. and the barrel lasts about 1100 rounds before it needs replaced. I'm having a 260 Rem. built now on a Surgeons 591 action to carry on in this 1000 yard endevour. The 260 Rem. has very similar exterior ballistic characteristcs to the 300 Win. Mag. You could start with the 308 Win. and rebarrel to 260 Rem. once you get up to speed.
     
  12. tCan

    tCan Active Member

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    Really? 1000 rounds? That's awful low.
     
  13. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    on target rifles, barrels are considered a wear item. many target shooters fire more rounds a year than the average hunter does in several lifetimes. this is the reason, many hunting rifles are good choices as used rifles when looking to buy. also a good source for building a custom rifle.
     
  14. 94browninghunt

    94browninghunt New Member

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    Thank you for all your answers, as of now, im doing 900 with a 300wm...but kinda tight on money being in college still :( . I think i might be going with 7mm? but still want something less expensive than that lol...
     
  15. mrm14

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    O.K. if your not reloading you can get target 300 WM ammunition from Black Hills and Federal. They both have the 190 Grain BTHP SMK and work well with 1 in 11 twist barrels. You should be able to go up to the Berger 210 grain bullet with 1 in 11 twist if you reload. I use the Berger #30419 bullet with Nosler brass. You'll need a good timed muzzel brake and consider a 1" thick decel pad on the butt stock. These two items should tame the recoil out pretty good for target shooting.
     
  16. huffmanite

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    Well, I don't know about any shooting over 600 yds, since that is longest distance at range I shoot. But my Ruger 77 tang safety rifle that I had rebarreled with a heavy varmit barrel chambered in 7x57 mauser does pretty good up to 600yds. Recoil of this cartridge is on the mild side. I've no problems with shooting it from bench, no matter the number of rounds I've fired with it.
     
  17. 94browninghunt

    94browninghunt New Member

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    Buying the 7mm :D, Dad said i pitch in half the money and he pitches in half for my first 1000 rounds :) if i let him use it when ever. Sounds good to me :). thank you everyone for the help
     
  18. hardluk1

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    Buy 100 rounds of quality ammo and the spend the rest on reloading equipment and supplies with pops half of the money. You will want a different bullet for long range than factory ammo gives you and use the first hundred rounds of factory ammo for brake in getting to know your rifle and scope and starting a notebook to work from.
     
  19. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i believe you will be happy with the 7mm! very good round. Hardluk has some sound advice. if you don't reload, give it some consideration. will allow you to custom tailor your ammo to the rifle and give you another edge in accuracy over factory ammo.

    i have three different chamberings of 7mm, a 7mm-08, a 280 Rem., and a 7mm Rem. Mag. and over the past few years have come to the conclusion, that 7mm are a fine caliber for just about any type of shooting. now i need to find or build a rifle in 7x57!
     
  20. ba_50

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    30/06 - Best choice of bullets, cheap brass, long barrel life, better ballistics than the 308. Con= recoil and lack of rifle choices.
    Next comes 260- Savage predator ready to go entry level quality in LH too.