View Full Version : Advice on a Long Range Gun!

April 21, 2010, 07:24 PM
I want a caliber for long range varmint hunting and target shooting. Now i want something that will be pretty comfortable taking shots from all day. I dont want a 223. I was thinking of possibly making it customed or even customizing some of it.

Originally i wanted just a straight up normal 22-250 Remington which is still a great caliber but then i realized i wanted a gun i could hunt varmints out to long ranges, and target shooting at even longer ranges.

After talking with my neighbor and his friend that i bought my last gun off that does a lot of reloading and does long range shooting i think i might just want to stick with a popular caliber like a 243. win or even make it a 243. AI. That way it will buck the wind better and have a little more power way out there. I know its no long range caliber but it can be good for pretty decent ranges. I believe the 243. win will buck the wind better then some of the smaller and will be cheaper then some of the larger calibers. Easy to find, with plenty of options. Sticking with the original 243. win it will still be a wicked cartridge, and making it AI will make it even hotter.

I dont know much about long range shooting seeing this will be my first long range rifle. I would be really interested in making a custom rifle but i dont know where to start. Help please.

I was looking at a Defiance action, a 26" hart barrel (somewhere around a 1-7 to 1-9" twist) , a Macmillan A5 stock (maybe), Jewel Trigger and no idea from there? any ideas? any other stocks out there that work good? Recommendations on twist rates?

Jim Watson
April 21, 2010, 08:09 PM
I know its no long range caliber

I always thought a fast twist .243 and high-BC bullets is a pretty good thousand yard rifle.

April 21, 2010, 10:51 PM

Go. Read.


April 22, 2010, 12:42 AM
6mil, 6.5, 243, 308, 260 will all get you there

April 22, 2010, 03:48 AM
I like my CZ 550FS in .308. It's more accurate than I am beyond 300 yards, but I'm working on it. The .308 is a great round. Other cartridges get more praise when it comes to long range shooting, but the .308 will get the job done and tends to be less punishing than many of its competitors. I like the chambering so much that I have a bolt in .308 as well as a semi auto. Did I mention that it happens to be a great hunting caliber as well? :D

April 22, 2010, 04:53 AM
+2 on the 308 bolt or auto. :D

April 22, 2010, 04:57 AM
Desert Tactical Stealth Recon Scout in .260

Zak Smith
April 22, 2010, 02:56 PM
Some reading material

article | Practical Long-Range Rifle Shooting, Part I - Rifle & Equipment http://demigodllc.com/icon/extwh3.png (http://demigodllc.com/articles/practical-long-range-rifle-shooting-equipment/)

article | Practical Long-Range Rifle Shooting, Part II - Optics http://demigodllc.com/icon/extwh3.png (http://demigodllc.com/articles/practical-long-range-rifle-shooting-optics/)