Ok, since we have a forum for this topic, I'd like to know what steps a person should take to get started in long range shooting. I'm only interested in shooting, not hunting at long range.
I'm not a novice to shooting. I consider my shooting abilities very good with a variety of handguns and smaller caliber rifles and probably fair with larger caliber rifles. I simply do not shoot the larger caliber rifles (30.06, 7mm rem mag) as often, but I can shoot accurately out to 200 yards.
One of my favorite firearms is a TC contender pistol with a bulberry barrel that shoots a 221 fireball. I love it because of it will shoot accurately way beyond a typical handgun. I like to push the limits and I love a challenge, so to me attempting long range shooting intrigues me.
So, my questions are:
1) what are the preferred calibers for long range shooting?
2) for those calibers, what cartridges are best?
3) is handloading best? or will store bought work?
4) how powerful should the scope be? fixed or variable?
I know practice is key to improving and mastering any skill, but how do you go about doing this? Do you just jump in and start practicing at lets say 500 yards, or is it better to increase incrementally by maybe 100 yards? Perfect that yardage, then increase again?