Looking for a 300/400 yard, kill a predator, cartridge & gun. What would you choose?

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  1. myfriendis410

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    Re: Looking for a 300/400 yard, kill a predator, cartridge & gun. What would you choo

    I would vote for something in 6mm like a .243. Just a little more oomph and still soft on the shoulder. It also carries more killing power IMO. I've shot a number of 'yotes with a 22-250, solid chest shots, and had 'em run. Not with the .243. It also bucks the wind a bit better.
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    Re: Looking for a 300/400 yard, kill a predator, cartridge & gun. What would you choo

    300 yrds no problems with most anything that shoots a pointed bullet.

    400 yrds if you dont do your homework your target is pretty safe.

    500 yrds your target is as safe as a kitten in mamas arms. Especailly if there is any wind.

    YOu should be asking about optics, range finders, mil dots, chrony, bbl length, and match ammo.

    My choice is a Savage in 308 with 26" of bull bbl and accutrigger, then the optic. OH that is a can of worms. Then the ammo, hahahahahaha.

    Tell us something, is this for self defense when the zombies come?

    I would look to push a 165 gr bullet 3000 fps at the muzzel.

    For distance shooting you need to look at it alittle differently. I am no expert to 1000 yrds but it is just a math problem for me. 500 yrds in any direction around me and nothing is safe from me.
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  3. JLA

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    Re: Looking for a 300/400 yard, kill a predator, cartridge & gun. What would you choo

    yotes and occasional 2 legged predators is what i read in the OP.
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    Re: Looking for a 300/400 yard, kill a predator, cartridge & gun. What would you choo

    I saw human preditor. I am going with the 308 although i can do just fine with the 223 also.

    Yotes i would prefer the 243

    yote is a smaller target, 400 yrds hmmm. its all in the optic
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  5. JohnnyFlake

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    Re: Looking for a 300/400 yard, kill a predator, cartridge & gun. What would you choo

    Good points! I will be asking about the above, when I finally decide on a cartridge and weapon.

    JLA has it down - yotes and occasional 2 legged predators is what i read in the OP.

    What do you guys think of the .243 / 6mm?
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    Love it. I built a .243 8 twist last year that is a 1000 yard nail driver with 105 Amaxes.
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    Dam my friend, that means even more research!!!
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    Re: Looking for a 300/400 yard, kill a predator, cartridge & gun. What would you choo

    223,,,243,,,308,,,i like them all
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    I like the 243. I dont have one but friends do and i think it is outstanding.
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    Re: Looking for a 300/400 yard, kill a predator, cartridge & gun. What would you choo

    I would do a .220 Swift or a .308. Either a Ruger or a Savage. That new Savage Hog hunting rifle looks nice.
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    Re: Looking for a 300/400 yard, kill a predator, cartridge & gun. What would you choo

    300 or 400 yd shot on a human predator? Hope you have a great spotting scope and an even better lawyer...given that, a .30 06 with a 150 gr. spitzer and bull barrel would do nicely.
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    I also deduct the OP is considering a rifle for SHTF, or just in case type of scenario. Laws, Judges, Cops, Lawyers, etc. aint gonna matter in that situation. And coyotes in the meantime make good practice targets. ;)
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    Re: Looking for a 300/400 yard, kill a predator, cartridge & gun. What would you choo

    I would choose a Savage .223 or Savage .270 .
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    Human Predator? :confused:
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  15. myfriendis410

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    Re: Looking for a 300/400 yard, kill a predator, cartridge & gun. What would you choo

    I have an older BDL (safety locks bolt) in .243 that is light, fast and accurate. I've plugged ground squirrels in excess of 350 yards and folded dogs beyond 400. It's flat shooting, ammo is readily available if you don't handload, and there is a wide range of bullet weights to choose from. The new Superformance powder also bumps the cartridge up to true 6mm Remington performance. I load an 80 gr. TTSX and with RL19 I'm getting around 3,320 fps. The Superformance load chronographs at 3,550 fps. That's a tremendous increase. Accuracy is comparable. The last dog I shot with it looked like a ground squirrel shot with a 22-250.
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