Re: Best Rifle and Cartridge for Long Range Shots
October 27, 2017 at 6:31pm
300 to 500 yards is pretty easy. Your Rem 700 can do that depending on your ammo, barrel and the bedding. I've found Weatherby Mark V's to be very accurate providing you use the Weatherby factory ammo made by Norma. Even if your rifle is outstanding, you need quality ammunition that the rifle likes!
As far as caliber goes, a 30-06 can be made to shoot at great distances. I had Ackley customize my Rem 700 to 280AI. I've had excellent results with it. I'm also fond of the ,270 Wby Magnum as a long-range cartridge. If you don't mind a little recoil, the .300 Wbg Magnum is outstanding as is its cousin, the .300 Win Mag.
Rifles need to be properly bedded, perfectly square, and have a concentric barrel. A good trigger is also required - I have had excellent results with the Rem 700 Walker trigger and the Weatherby Mark V trigger. If in doubt, a Timney replacement will only set you back $130 and takes no time to install.
As has been stated, an outstanding scope is required, though I've done well to 700 yards with a Leupold VX-3. Zeiss has very clear optics but they are expensive. I understand many of the long-range shooters are using NightForce. I have no experience with that.
Get accurate measurements from stand to stand and KNOW YOUR DISTANCES. Then plan on plenty of practice with premium ammo that your rifle likes. There's no substitute for practice. If you handload, so much the better.
You can't just buy accuracy. You can buy the tools to get you there. Going out and buying a new rifle expecting it to do what you ask is quite iffy. Having your favorite rifle(s) examined by a qualified gunsmith who understands the accuracy you're interested in would be my start. Let him explain the reasons one is the better and then discuss needs - new barrel, chamber, etc. Then find the ammo that rifle likes the best. When this is accomplished, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!!