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Thanks for the additional info on calibers fuzzybear.

I'll most likely start with something I already own like the 22-250 and .243. We (actually my husband lol ) also have a 25-06, 30-06, and 7mm rem mag among others. Come spring I'll play with all of them and see which ones are able to reach out there. I know his 30-06 is an Ackley improved with lots of customization and extremely accurate, just don't know if its capable of distances of even 500 yards let alone 1000.

We shoot a lot of factory loads, but also reload. My husband gets a kick out of fine tuning loads for specific uses and rifles.

In the meantime I'll keep my eyes open for some used bargains in the preferable calibers.

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cowgal wrote:
Thanks for the additional info on calibers fuzzybear.

I'll most likely start with something I already own like the 22-250 and .243. We (actually my husband lol ) also have a 25-06, 30-06, and 7mm rem mag among others. Come spring I'll play with all of them and see which ones are able to reach out there. I know his 30-06 is an Ackley improved with lots of customization and extremely accurate, just don't know if its capable of distances of even 500 yards let alone 1000.

We shoot a lot of factory loads, but also reload. My husband gets a kick out of fine tuning loads for specific uses and rifles.

In the meantime I'll keep my eyes open for some used bargains in the preferable calibers.

cowgal

Well let me assure you that the '06 AI is MORE THAN CAPABLE of giving great accuracy at 1000 yds. and BEYOND!! Yes Yes

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Cowgirl,

Thats a good list of cartridges . One thing to keep in mind is probally more important than the cartridge is the bullet. Cartridges like the 22-250 and 243 are short on bullet weight. While both are certainly capabile of reaching 500 to 1000 yds, any wind will likely play havoc with them. The 6.5's, 7mm's and 30 cal's all have heavy match grade bullet's readily avaliable. Plus makers like "Wildcat" make even heavier ones. But I think you could also get to heavy a bullet for caliber. I'm not sure what would make an ideal velocity, probally to some point, more is better. I say that because even with the heavy bullet's, more time in flight equals more wind drift.

Where I think some 30's fail is that recoil may become a problem. In a heavy rifle the 308 and 30-06 shouldn't be to awful uncomfortable to shoot a long string with. The 30 mags might well be a different story. If I were to guess, I'd say the 6.5x284 has gained it's popularity because it balances great match bullet's at good velocity and shorter flight time in a rifle of moderate recoil. I seriuosly doubt that it is any more or less accurate than a good number of other cartridges. And that flight time gives it it's advantage over the 260. The 6.5x300 W.W.H. is not heard from that much any more but was a darling at one time. A lot more recoil and muzzle blast without that much gain over a number of larger cartridges.

When getting into any accuracy game the whole system needs to be concidered. Spend a bunch of money on the rifle and use the wrong bullets and your just added money. Buy the most accurate bullets money can buy and shoot them from a factory rifle, poorly bedded or other maladys and your still just added money.

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When you get to a point where you start getting hooked. You'll want to consider a high grade, heavy contoured barrel of 26" to 30" in length and a well bedded action.
My 270wsm started out with a 29 1/2" barrel. Cut at 26" it is a bit under 3/4" diameter at the muzzle. Some of the larger and heavier rail guns have barrels as long as 40" with a 1+" diameter at the muzzle.

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When you get to a point where you start getting hooked. You'll want to consider a high grade, heavy contoured barrel of 26" to 30" in length and a well bedded action.
My 270wsm started out with a 29 1/2" barrel. Cut at 26" it is a bit larger than 3/4" diameter at the muzzle. Some of the larger and heavier rail guns have barrels as long as 40" with a 1+" diameter at the muzzle.

cowgal

Yep! Try this one on for size:

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I made a shooting table that looks exactly like that. Those legs un-screw don't they? Gave it to my son and built another. Not as portable but much more sturdy.

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I made a shooting table that looks exactly like that. Those legs un-screw don't they? Gave it to my son and built another. Not as portable but much more sturdy.

DF

Yep...they probably 'unscrew' but don't know for sure! I took this photo from Dan Lilja's site! Thumbs up

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Cowgirl,

Go to Lilja rifle barrel site and read the long range shooting article.

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Rich,

You probally should have mentioned that it was not only not your bench and rifle but not your photo either when you first posted it. By using it and not giving Dan Lilja proper credit for it you might well have commited a copyright infringment. At least, I believed this was your equipment, I was mistaken. I doubt that Dan Lilja will care or that he'll ever see it but some photographer's get pretty crazy when their work is claimed by someone else or they are not given the proper credit. Copyright theft is very serious! Shame on You! A photo need not have a copyright on it to be copyrighted. The image, copyright and all belongs to the guy that took the photo.

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Rich,

You probally should have mentioned that it was not only not your bench and rifle but not your photo either when you first posted it. By using it and not giving Dan Lilja proper credit for it you might well have commited a copyright infringment. At least, I believed this was your equipment, I was mistaken. I doubt that Dan Lilja will care or that he'll ever see it but some photographer's get pretty crazy when their work is claimed by someone else or they are not given the proper credit. Copyright theft is very serious! Shame on You! A photo need not have a copyright on it to be copyrighted. The image, copyright and all belongs to the guy that took the photo.

Don Fischer

I was probably reading about 'copyright infringement' before you were born. Just the way it happened! No copyright infringement here; Dan.....just got FREE ADVERTISING!! lol

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