View Full Version : mid to long range target shooting!!

05-27-2011, 9:30 PM
What do you think is the best Cal. for this type of shooting? flattest trajectory?
this would a factory load also , bolt rifle

05-27-2011, 9:33 PM
I think .308 Win is a very good all-around cartridge, and will serve you well at mid to long range. That is just my personal preference however, as there are many excellent calibers out there that will fulfill this...

05-27-2011, 9:35 PM
260 rem, 308 win.

The 260 has a high bc, easy recoil, flat shooter, and easy on the barrel.

308 is a good all around choice.


05-27-2011, 9:56 PM
Semiauto or bolta ti

05-27-2011, 10:05 PM
factory load meaning you are only going to be factory ammo?
factory load meaning nothing too wild and I want the option of getting factory ammo?

Have you done any distance shooting before?
Are you going to reload?
what is your budget?
Do you want a factory rifle?

when you say "long range" what are you describing 600-1000yds or 1000yds+
heres everything from the mild to the wild in increasing size


05-27-2011, 10:07 PM
Define mid and long range...
6x45 100-500yds
260/308 400-800yds (possibly more if you find a place)

also open sights or scope?

Open Sights
Cheap accurate player is the K31 in 7.5x55 out to 800-1000yard capabiltiy
AR practical out to 400 yds
M1 Garand 30-06 600-800yds
M1A (same as Garand but in 308)

Rem 700 in 260 or 308 400-800yds

05-27-2011, 10:09 PM
Learn on a .308WIN. Get training. Practice. Then you'll appreciate it when you start experimenting with .260REM and 6.5 Creedmoor for a better caliber for mid-long range (ie 400-1000 yards).

05-28-2011, 7:04 AM
If you are using factory ammo then it's the 308 Win. The best combination of ammunition accuracy and price. All the other boutique rounds and other Mil surplus rounds will not meet your criteria for factory loads or be prohibitively expensive.

05-28-2011, 8:01 AM
I say 308, you can get Fed Gold Match ammo for $20 plus shipping. Oh yea get a Tikka!! LOL


05-28-2011, 8:53 AM
What do you think is the best Cal. for this type of shooting? .308

flattest trajectory? .30-378

this would a factory load also , bolt rifle both


05-28-2011, 8:57 AM
Again... depends on what you consider mid-long range, but 308 is a good starter, maybe consider a 300WM if you want to get a little more range...

Also depends on what kind of shooting you want to do? benchrest/Tactical/competition.

05-28-2011, 11:11 AM

05-28-2011, 11:18 AM
338 lapua or rum.

05-28-2011, 11:40 AM
To recommend a caliber to someone who has to ask this question, I'd go with .308 all the way. Also, once you get past a couple hundred yards, a "flat trajectory" is over rated. What you really want is a CONSISTANT trajectory. But, that has much more to do the the consistancy of the ammo than anything else.

05-28-2011, 4:42 PM
6mm XC, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5/284 Win., .260 Rem. will all give good results. .308 is an excellent round, and is used in Palma matches at 1000 yds (iron sights). I don't think you need to go to the big .300's because you're just going to get more recoil/burn more powder and not have better ballistics than the 6.5's.

If you are going to shoot factory rounds, I hope you're made of money. If not, get into handloading, as you can tailor your load to your rifle. That can make all the difference.