Magnum or not you still need to know how to shoot.There are some damn nice rifles here guys. I like them!! I was at the range the other day and out comes a 338 Lapua on the bench next to me. It was a beauty for sure, just not a great shooter. Loud as heck too!!!! I think sometimes the younger generation gets to thinking they have a "long range" rig, if it has MAGNUM in the name. Well, if you are shooting 5" groups at 100, I don't consider that a good longrange rig by any stretch of the imagination. A guy would be better served with a 556/223 for starters and then advancing to the creed (any flavor of creed, take you pick), then 308, 30-06 and 300wm.... I used to favor magnums for elk hunting and lang range shooting, but have recently started using my 6.5 creed for all range shooting. I look forward to using one of my creeds this year for deer and elk hunting...... Not my "long range" rig, but it does pretty good so far:
Is there somewhere close to the northend that you can reach those distances. I always drive to ellensburgI agree that more trigger time is the key factor but for me a heavier bullet bucks the wind alot easier and flatter shooting. I can more consistently hit on target 800+ yards shooting the .338 lapua magnum vs my 308 with 24" barrel will have much more of a bullet drop and harder time against wind.
Very true, but doing it with a 308 makes you learn all kinds of things to hit the target consistently.I agree that more trigger time is the key factor but for me a heavier bullet bucks the wind alot easier and flatter shooting. I can more consistently hit on target 800+ yards shooting the .338 lapua magnum vs my 308 with 24" barrel will have much more of a bullet drop and harder time against wind.
Lake Chelan is also a long drive haha! I picked up a tripod end of last season so I'm itching to stretch the distance further this year. Side note if it's a public spot you don't mind others shooting at I might have to make my way down this year!I grew up in ellensburg and have steel set out to 1200 in the manastash area. But its a drive to get to.
NICE set up!!!
Trigger time is trigger time. I love the 338wm cartridge. It's my go to cartridge for elk. My semi custom shoots just fine, near and far:North Cascades Sportsman's Club has a range during the spring/fall/winter to 1000 yard! Where are you shooting in Ellensburg? I'm looking for a spot that can shoot past 1000 yards but nothing yet haha.
Yup! I agree the 308 will give you the fundamentals that can be applied to larger calibers once more experience is gained.
I shot fairly regularly when I lived in that region but it’s been going on 20 years ago now. I’d love to go back for a weekend shoot if I could ever find the time.Any of you guys going to the long range seminar in Bend next weekend? I guess it will be held at the Nosler range. I'm probably going to go, there's only going to be 34 shooters. Spots may be filled up by now??