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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-04-2012, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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long range shooting

I wanna get into some long range shooting. What guns/ calibers do you guys reccomend??
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Re: long range shooting

Hey quad,
How far are you shooting and what is the target?

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Re: long range shooting

most likely just target shooting, and im not sure about the distance just because I dont know the distances any semi local ranges have. I dont wanna go for the .338 just because It is so expensive to shoot. I was just reading an article saying it can go up around $6 a shot ! Im not rich by any means I just love to shoot
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Re: long range shooting

And i may use the gun for some hunting. I wanna go out west hunting.
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Re: long range shooting

Are you a hand loader?
Out to 1000 yards pretty tough to beat a 6.5-284 long distance without magnum recoil.

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no not a handloader.. Im going to start soon because I shoot so much.
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Ur really limiting yourself if your not a hand loader. Most anything in the 6.5 family of calibers are really good. The 7mm is a good group too. Factory guns are as good as you want to spend $$. Coopers are fantastic... Tikkas are great... Alot of the savages are really good. Don't skimp on optics... Buy the best glass you can afford.

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6.5x284 norma! allot of 1000 yards bench guys are using it.
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Im in to lr shooting and hunting actually going shooting tommorow. It depends on what you call lr some people consider 300 yards lr. I have heard a good rule of thumb 0-300 short, 300-700 medium, 700-1k lr , and 1k over extreme lr. I have a friend with some long fields we shoot from 1060- 1350 and thats because of the terrain. We use milk and bleach jugs filled with water. There are many calibers that can be used already mentioned was the 6.5 x 284 very good caliber and savage makes a factory rifle. One caliber we break out at times is a 6mmx 284. the 7's , 30's work well also. I personly use a 338 edge and hunt with it also. The 338 is an outstanding caliber due to it will buck the wind as good as anything also the higher bc bullets it offers, i use the 300 siera match king with a bc over 700. It is not that expensive to reload i buy 500 bullets ata time for 265.00, 100 pieces of brass around 75.00 and get a fair amoun of loadings out of it since the pressure isnt that bad. The key to lr shooting is quality optics, most guns you tune to 1 moa or less will work. You need a scope that say if your shooting 1k yards you can see the target a 3-9 would not work for me with my eyes due to age. You need a scope that will track properly and return to zero. My 338 is dead on at 100 yards, tommorow first jug i shoot at will be at 1060 yards. I know to dial in 26.5 minutes for that 34' of drop then i can return it to zero and bet anything i own that you could head dead nuts at 100 yards. There are many scopes out there that will do this but some are pricy i use nightforce but your looking at 1,800.00 and it does what i paid for. I have some good leupolds and zeiss that track well to for half the price. Vortex, sightron, and many others but expect to put around 700.00 min. in to one. Next thing is to understand MOA aka minute of angle, you will be dialing in minutes instead of counting clicks. Its a fun sport but like anything else once you think you figured it you might get slapped a good shot.
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Thanks a lot that was a lot if good info
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