A New Long-range Rifle?

I’ve been kicking around the idea of new rifle, so this review is nicely timed. The 18 Best New Hunting and Precision Rifles, Tested.

Some of the rifles reviewed are straight forward hunting rifles. Some are clearly more for the bench-rest crowd. A couple list for under $700, but one is north of $6,000. Most are in the 1000 to 2000 dollar range. Or a bit more.

I think the thing that is stopping me more than anything else is the bewildering choices of chamberings. 35 years ago I would have purchased a .308 Winchester, and not thought about it. I’m pretty sure that is what my uncle’s hunting rifle was. (My dad was more into hunting pheasants and waterfowl.) 6mm Creedmore, 6.5mm Creedmore, 300 PRC, 7mm-08 Remington, in addition to 300 Winchester Magnum and .308, and I’m sure I’ve missed a few.

And none of them are legal for deer hunting in this state.

Cost of ammo is also an issue, though I suppose buying a precision rifle means buying reloading equipment, a chronograph, and all the other accoutrements and in general starting down that rabbit hole. But ammo prices vary wildly, with some of the options seeming to be prohibitively expensive. (I need lots of practice!)

But then there is .45-70 government, which is one of the preferred deer cartridges in this state. (A couple of gun stores around me usually have the Henry in stock.) But the ammo isn’t cheap.

Hat tip to The Captain’s Journal.

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7 thoughts on “A New Long-range Rifle?

  1. Shotgun only? You can do precision on the cheap (no chrono). It’s just set-up and triial and error. Most people never put the time in to be able to take advantage of one.
    45-70 is a real bruiser, unless you load it to go slow.
    A 350rm shoots a .358 bullet, interchangable (more or less)

    I stick to 30s and 45s, mostly.

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    • Used to be “shotgun only,” but the changed to allow “straight-walled rifle cartridges” with a minimum of .357 and a maximum of .50, mostly because they didn’t want people using AR-15s. There are a lot of excuses why, but AR-15s are legal for coyotes, and feral hogs, just not deer. (Fudds?)

      Which is why .45-70 is a thing.

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      • Well, that’s pretty limiting.
        I’d download the 45-70 with a cast bullet. I do that with everything except the 300wm anyway, so I can afford to shoot. Speed limit is 1200 fps but that is a maximum point blank range of 150 yards with most things. Most folks can’t shoot that far anyway.
        If you get hot with those you just switch up to jacketed bullets and go as fast as you want.

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  2. There are several straight wall cartridges made for the AR15 with factory available ammo. If you have an AR, all that is required is an upper and magazine.

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  3. “Hunting-legal cartridge” and “new long range rifle” are often quite different things.

    I’m looking at .350 Legend for 1.5 of those (hunting, and it might also make a pretty good “social work” carbine for <250 meters), and 6.5 Creedmoor or 300 PRC for the other; either delivers enough accuracy and energy to make 1200 yards interesting. Creedmoor ammo is cheaper and, now, almost everywhere, the 300 PRC numbers are more impressive.

    Which first? I dunno.

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  4. My son shoots a .35 Rem. I, a .32 Winchester Special and have .270..I reload for the .32 Special and will be for the .35 Rem.
    The .270 is a Stevens Axis with a 3×9 scope.
    Is one sweet shooting rifle. Nice adjustable trigger and it did not cost me an arm and a leg.
    Yes the .32 Special is old.
    And so is the Marlin 336 that shoots it.
    But it handles nice and I have never had to track a deer after shooting it..

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