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Long range sporters ?? Pics ??

Hows about a thread for pics (and all the details) of long range sporters ??

Whatcha got ?? What's your load ?? How does it shoot ??

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Re: Long range sporters ?? Pics ??

OK............I'll go first.

Winchester Model 70 Classic Stainless 7-STW
Hand lapped factory Winchester 26" barrel with match crown
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This rifle LOVES IMR-7828 powder (and eats it by the hatful !!) and Nosler's 140 gr. AccuBonds !! My pet load runs the 140's a whisker over 3600 fps and prints them into tidy little groups. The embarrassing part is........... I don't know how small. Our range at the farm goes to 600 yards. My typical sight-in goes on to paper at 100. Make the necessary adjustments to center-punch the steel at 300 then start shooting at the 600 steel. I have never actually put a group on paper at 600 to put a caliper on. All I know is that our 600 yard steel is 8 inches and a steady hold whacks it every time.

The other embarrassing thing is that I'm 98% a bowhunter. I've only ever pointed the rifle at one deer........... a doe at 275 yards which was not a real testimony to accuracy.

But anyways......... there's my toy.

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Re: Long range sporters ?? Pics ??

What are we considering a sporter? My typical long range sporter runs around 12 pounds scoped and ready to shoot. Is that considered a sporter?
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Re: Long range sporters ?? Pics ??

Not sure what the book definition of "sporter" is.

I guess I picture a "sporter" as something with a #1 or a #3 contour barrel............weighs 10 lbs or less all up .......... something a guy would carry all day every day for a week whether he was in the Rocky Mountains or in a woodlot just outside of WalMart's safety zone.

Like a Remington Sendero or a Ruger 77V ........... I wouldn't really consider to be "sporters" per se. Heavy contour barrels.......

But if you're toting a 12 pounder over hill and dale, who am I to disagree ??

Let's see 'em !!

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Re: Long range sporters ?? Pics ??

I'd agree that a sporter weight rifle should be south of 10 pounds, wear a barrel of magnum contour or smaller and a standard forend on the stock.

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I'd agree that a sporter weight rifle should be south of 10 pounds, wear a barrel of magnum contour or smaller and a standard forend on the stock.
That's kinda my general line of thinking, as well.

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Okay, I do haul that around, but I agree with you at the 10 pound limit. I was just playing devils advocate a bit...that will be my next build, something way lighter that still shoots a good distance. Problem is (in my humble opinion) that as weight decreases, long range shoot ability also deminishes.

I think my next lighter long ranger is going to be a 6.5mm of some type. I'm liking the 26 Nosler right now, but who knows...

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Okay, I do haul that around, but I agree with you at the 10 pound limit. I was just playing devils advocate a bit...that will be my next build, something way lighter that still shoots a good distance. Problem is (in my humble opinion) that as weight decreases, long range shoot ability also deminishes.

I think my next lighter long ranger is going to be a 6.5mm of some type. I'm liking the 26 Nosler right now, but who knows...

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Never hurts to have two sides to a discussion.

You're pretty much spot-on in a general sorta way about weight going down causing long range shootability to go down.

However, today's tech is making more & more exceptions to that rule. If you have the jack to lay out, the rifles being put out by McWhorter and Gunwerks, to name a couple, come in between 6 and 9 lbs. They are 1000 yard capable sporters.

At a lower price point, I happen to have a Weatherby Mark V Ultra Lightweight that is EASILY 600 yard capable on deer-sized vitals. Not exactly LONG range. But gettin out there.

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Okay, I do haul that around, but I agree with you at the 10 pound limit. I was just playing devils advocate a bit...that will be my next build, something way lighter that still shoots a good distance. Problem is (in my humble opinion) that as weight decreases, long range shoot ability also deminishes.

I think my next lighter long ranger is going to be a 6.5mm of some type. I'm liking the 26 Nosler right now, but who knows...



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I read on a different forum that the 26 Nosler is only getting 800 rounds down the tube til it's shot out. Take a look at the 6.5 SLR I get 3080 with 123 Amax haven't had a lot of time to work with 140's but I'm told they are getting 2900+. Also 1 thing I think is a big plus is it's made from 243 brass.

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I read on a different forum that the 26 Nosler is only getting 800 rounds down the tube til it's shot out.
No shame in buying barrels if you're having fun !!

I have a donor Model 70 Classic express length hanging around. I've considered doing a 6.5-.300 Wby or 6.5 STW with a 28" magnum contour tube. Oughta be just about the nutz for reaching stuff in other zip codes.

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