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vmwerks 06-07-2011 9:18 AM

Wanting to start long range shooting
I did some searching and got a smattering of info. What I currently own is a Savage 12FVSS .308 with a Nightforce NXS 5.5-22x50. I am waiting to take delivery on a Ruger M77 in 22-250 with a Trijicon AccuPoint 5-20x50. It's all good but not great equipment however it's better than I am. How should I get started? With the .308 first? I read that using a .308 at a max of 600yards is a good way to learn about ballistics etc. How far is the 22-250 good for? I am not against re-barreling my Savage for a different caliber in order to reach 1000 yards more ecffectively but I want to see if I enjoy it for now.

6079Winston 06-07-2011 5:08 PM

Try posting this on the Caprc site, most of the club members spend more time there.

vmwerks 06-09-2011 8:23 AM

two days and no response from the forum moderators on my account..

G-forceJunkie 06-09-2011 11:42 AM

Post a new thread. CAPRC board is small, there are like 30-40 members, it doesnt get alot of traffic, people aren't on there everyday.

vmwerks 06-09-2011 11:48 AM


Originally Posted by G-forceJunkie (Post 6561355)
Post a new thread. CAPRC board is small, there are like 30-40 members, it doesnt get alot of traffic, people aren't on there everyday.

I can't post as I have not received the confirmation from a moderator about my account. It's no worry though.. I have time.

buggsb 06-10-2011 8:09 AM

In the meantime I'll offer that a Savage in .308 with Nightforce glass should be an excellent platform to learn this discipline. An advantage of the .308 is the ready availability of quality ftactory match ammo.

It seems that everyone who starts this discipline wants "to shoot at 1,000". This must be a "magic number". Regardless, the .308 with the right ammo will have no problem reaching 1,000.

There are a number of schools that offer precision rifle classes and I'd recommend checking them out to start with a good knowledge base. The CAPRC also has its shooter clinics, which would seem like a good way to get started.

PistolPete75 06-10-2011 6:09 PM

If your looking for 600yards plus, look into a projectile with a high bc. The common choices are the 6mm and 6.5mm projectiles. Personally, I like the .260rem. It's a good all around cartridge. Know your ballistics, and get plenty of practice. It's that simple, and anyone can do it.

KillerRabbit 09-09-2011 9:53 AM

I know this is an old post but since it looks like you are in the Sacramento area I would suggest going to the Sacramento range this weekend and shooting the prone match. Spending "trigger time" in competition is one of the best ways to learn to shoot. There are some of the best LR shooters at that match such as Lane (another8). If they see you are serious about learning they will spend time working with you. As far as equipment I would use the 308, while there are rounds with a better BC the 308 is a very forgiving round in terms of loading. Most loads for the 308 will do OK to about 900 yards, there are loads you can use out of a shorter bbl. gun such as your Savage that will work well at 1000. Hope this info is of some help.

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