Author Topic: Long range shooting discussion (rifles, scopes, gear, cartridges, tactics, etc.)  (Read 1354 times)

Offline GuidoFAIL

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I just bought a new savage 116 fhsak in .338 win mag and am extremely excited to get my new scope and get it sighted in for some long range shooting. I just wanted to open up the long range discussion on this site so go ahead and post what you want and ill be sure to keep this tread updated with my rifle's status.

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What type of scope will you be using?  I want a vortex pst. I've never shot out more than 300 yards.  Where do you go for your long range shooting?

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I'm gonna put a SWFA Super Sniper 10x42 with a mil-dot reticle on it. as far as i could see i couldn't find anything but praise on this scope and it supposed to be the best scope for that kind of money.   
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nky0voYC7gQ
   review by TiborasaurusRex on youtube (also i recommend watching his SNIPER 101 series if you are a serious long range shooter.

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also i usually shoot out by lake mountain in saratoga or drive way out in five mile flats or grantsville

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I have been thinking about getting into Long Range hunting, but I am thinking I may need a new rifle. I have a Marlin XL7 in 30-06. I am not sure how accurate it will be out at 1000 yards.  Any thoughts?

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The 30-06 is a great short to medium range round but it falls a little under ideal from about 700 yards and on (super sonic to 1200 yards). some of my favorite calibers for pushing past 1000 a little more efficiently, though they tend to be more expensive, are: 6.5 norma, 7mm mag, 300 win mag, and of course my .338 win mag that i have now. Not quite the lapua i wanted but not very far off from one. and as for rifle manufacturers, since machining in almost every factory has progressed to make super accurate rifles, rapidly and more cost effective, almost any brand; remington, marlin, browning, savage, are all gonna be in the same ballpark when it comes to performance and durability. although my personal preference for under $2000 is savage.

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I said I was not going to get into any long range stuff, but I am now going to order my Savage 111 Long Range Hunter in .338 Lapua. For the price, it seems to be the best bet out there. Of course, you can get some customs for $5K and up, but I do not think they will perform at five times the Savage. I have never been a Savage fan, but I will give them a try.
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Glass will be just as important as the rifle.  So will knowing how to use the glass.

The problem for me with shooting at that distance is that I'd likely be alone. Would be tough to verify shot placement. 

I'm going to start at 300-500 yards and then move up from there. 

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I changed my order to the 110 FCP due to quality of stock and fluted barrel. I have a Night Force from another rifle I sold, so it will go on the 338 LM. I used to be into the long range stuff, and got away from it several years back. My eyes are not as good, but it will be something to pass time. The range over in the canyon goes to a little over 800 yds on the steel targets, so it will be a good place to get started again. I also believe the 6.5 creedmore would be just as good of a choice, just wanted the 338 LM.
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I realized i haven't posted any pics on here yet of my rifle. Sorry to keep you waiting.
got my glass today
this is what it looks like now

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I changed my order to the 110 FCP due to quality of stock and fluted barrel. I have a Night Force from another rifle I sold, so it will go on the 338 LM. I used to be into the long range stuff, and got away from it several years back. My eyes are not as good, but it will be something to pass time. The range over in the canyon goes to a little over 800 yds on the steel targets, so it will be a good place to get started again. I also believe the 6.5 creedmore would be just as good of a choice, just wanted the 338 LM.
Is your nightforce a first or second focal plane optic? Because for long range mil-dot reticles are only good if your mil-dots are one milradian apart at any zoom. Not to say that you cant be proficient with second focal plane, but first is much better for extreme range.

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Sweet.   I've got my scope now.  The bubble level should be coming in shortly.   My rings are on back order.

The biggest challenge is finding ammo at a decent price.

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Ya ammo is definately getting more expensive and harder to find. i went to sportsmans warehouse the other day and got some ammo at a fair price though. My Hornady SST 200gr ammo was only $41.00 a box while the heavier Barnes vor-tx 225gr are about $56 a box. I cant wait to get out to lee kay to sight in my rifle.