Best Options for Long Range shooting?


December 19, 2007, 05:42 PM
I spent four years in the Marines, so I knwo a bit bout long range shooting:)... I have always been a fan of long range shooting, and also an avid deer, coyote, and varmit hunter....

I am used to using only shotguns for hunting since I was living in Indiana, but now I am in South carolina where rifles are legal..

I am wanting to find a good rifle.... I know the Remington 700 pretty well since the Marines use it. but what calibers would you select and what good yarage do ya think can get.... for coyote , deer and target? how far can they get? is there a caliber that can shoot around 4-5 hundred yards?


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December 19, 2007, 05:56 PM
A heavy barreled Remington 700 (700P, VS, PSS, etc) in .308 would be a good choice. Both the USMC M40 series and the US Army M24 are based on the Remington 700.

Chances are with every 20 responses to your question, you will get 20 different answers. When it comes to long range rifles and optics, you have lots of choices.

Just my .02,

December 19, 2007, 06:13 PM
thats what I was hoping for.... I am familiar with the .30-06 and the .308, but other ones I am not... I know alot of hunters here in sc use the 7mm and the .270, but I know little about the others....

thanks for the reply.

December 19, 2007, 06:20 PM
also I know the remington 700 is a great rifle...... what about the mossbergs new 4x4?

December 19, 2007, 06:44 PM
Anything in a 6.5. Gonna depend on how much you want to spend. A 308 will probably be your best bet, since no one chambers anything in a 6.5. Easy to customize a Savage though.

Jeff Timm
December 19, 2007, 06:47 PM

" Tactical .308 on the cheap. Lots of emails regarding the cheapest off the shelf tactical set up that will do the job. I've talked about this before, but I will again one last time and this time I will be specific. Remington makes something that will do not just nicely, but probably better than several other entry level tactical guns. The SPS Varminter in .308 gives you everything a tactical shooter will need. It even has the double sling mounts so you can sling on one and bipod the other. It has an 11 degree crown, bull barrel, a nice stock that features a rather cool flare on the forend that works well with bipods and looks slick. We are selling them for only $539.99 and you would have to spend a great deal more to get better. And it's a Remington so there are about 200 million things you can do with it down the road to upgrade it. Scope this up with a Mil-Dot from Millet, a huge coffee can sized objective, glass that is very bright for the money... about 300 for the scope. Done. Want a cheaper scope, the Nikon BDC scopes would serve the purpose easily and they are easier to use than mil dots. You can get a BDC for as low as 159... That's all you need guys. Sure the Marines have 23000 sniper rifles, but you don't need that to shoot well. The SPS takes to Krylon spray can camo jobs better than anything else. I've seen the SPS guns spray painted and the paint sticks like it was thermally cured."

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December 19, 2007, 07:10 PM
SC deer are generally pretty small, as are coyotes and varmints. I learned to hunt in SC. I think that a .243 or a .25-06 would be great medicine for the smaller deer.

December 19, 2007, 11:15 PM
One of the most successful custom long range rifle makers hales from SC. He made the Bean Field Rifle and if I remember correctly his caliber of choice was 25-06. It has light bullet weight for coyote/varmint and heavy enough bullets for SC Deer. The deer are not large bodied.

Zak Smith
December 19, 2007, 11:32 PM
article | Practical Long-Range Rifle Shooting, Part I - Rifle & Equipment (

December 19, 2007, 11:49 PM
one thing I didnt mention is that I wont be hunting in just sc, but also in Texas and out west... which is one of the main reasons I am wanting a long range cartridge:)

Zak thanks for that article:)

December 19, 2007, 11:53 PM
I grew up in Texas and New Mexico, and I just don't understand why everyone back east thinks you need some specialized long range cartridge. Hunting and stalking still work.

December 20, 2007, 12:22 AM
If deer are to be your largest prey and you want to really reach out there, I'd go for a .25-06. Plenty of power to kill the biggest deer cleanly if you do your part, one of the flattest shooting cartridges out there that doesn't burn a half pound of powder with every trigger pull, and very easy on the shoulder.

December 20, 2007, 12:41 AM
I live out west (Idaho) & hunt all manner of big game, varmints & birds. If you are hunting smaller sized game animals i.e antelope, doe deer or varmints my Remington model 700 ADL in 243 Win w100 grain core lokt bullets work very well. Moving on up to say cow elk or buck mule deer my Tikka lite hunter in 270 Win w 150 grain Nosler partitions is sufficient. Finally, when I go out for bull elk, moose or black bear I will go with my Weatherby MKV in 300 Weatherby magnum w 200grain Nosler partitions.

Good luck.

December 20, 2007, 03:05 AM
I believe the Beanfield Rifle was created by Kenny Jarrett of South Carolina, and his caliber of choice is the .280 Ackley Improved. His stuff is pricey, but brutally accurate. He makes his own barrels to benchrest standards.

Just my .02,

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