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7 Best Long-Range Cartridges: Hit Stuff Really Far Away

What is long range shooting?

Honestly, it’s relative to the shooter.

Some people may never need or care to shoot past 200 yards. While others may strive to keep an accurate and precise fire at 2,000 yards.

HBH Going Long Distance
Going Long Distance

In this article, I aim to help you decide which cartridge may be best for you, your wallet, and what you may be able to expect out of these long-range capable cartridges.

Let’s look at some of the more popular calibers between gas guns and bolt actions.

Best Long-Range Cartridges

1. .223 Remington/5.56 NATO – Old Faithful

Assorted 5.56 Rounds (XM193, XM855, Gold Medal 69gr)
Assorted 5.56 Rounds (XM193, XM855, Gold Medal 69gr)

While this may not be the first cartridge that comes to mind for long range shooting, with an appropriate bullet, the compact .223 Remington, or 5.56 NATO is more than capable of shooting over 500 yards with accuracy.

.223 Wylde chambered, 20” barreled rifle.

With the popularity of this cartridge due to America’s favorite rifle, the AR15, more and more people are stretching the out its legs.

If you would choose to shoot long-range with a .223 Remington, I would highly suggest shooting longer, heavier bullets with a 1:7 rifle twist. To explain the nuances of rifle twist, you can read my previous article about AR-15 Twist Rate! 

An added benefit with the .223 Remington is cheap, readily available ammo.

While precision match loads can be pricey, you can always run cheaper alternatives. I would recommend a longer 20” barrel to gain as much velocity as possible for long range. Some of the best loads I have shot through various .223 Wylde/5.56 NATO chambers have been:

2. .224 Valkyrie – The New Kid on the Block

.224 Valkyrie
.224 Valkyrie

The .224 Valkyrie was developed with long-range shooting in mind from its inception. It is hard to believe that a .224” caliber bullet with a C.O.A.L. (cartridge over-all length) which fits inside of an AR15 magazine well can be capable of 1,000+ yards.

I even had my own doubts because I am a bit of a cynic.

Me (left) with Kat Ainsworth at 1,250 yards with the PSA .224 Valkyrie.

After reaching out to 1250 yards on a trip to the amazing High Bar Homestead in Gillette, WY, I am now a firm believer in the .224 Valkyrie. It is a screamer, and with velocity comes increased range. Coupled with bullets that have a high ballistic coefficient, impressive results can be achieved.

Federal American Eagle 90 gr vs 75 gr .224 Valkyrie
Federal American Eagle 90 gr vs 75 gr .224 Valkyrie

It also has less wind drift and less bullet drop than the .223 Remington or the 6.5 Grendel. Ammo prices are a bit steeper than the previously mentioned cartridges, but the American Eagle 75-grain TMJs are relatively easy on the wallet.

Best Long-Range AR-15 Budget Upper
at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

While I was in Wyoming, I was able to test and evaluate the .224 Valkyrie from Palmetto State Armory. It happened to shoot the Federal Premium 90-grain Sierra Match Kings very well and hitting a steel torso was fairly regular between myself and my shooting buddy, Kat Ainsworth.

3. 6.5 Grendel – The AR15 Long-Range Savior

I may be a huge Grendel fanboy.

6.5 Grendel
6.5 Grendel

I am no expert, but scholars believe that the 6.5 Grendel was ordained during an ancient ritual in Bill Alexander’s secret Temple of Ballistics. I can not confirm this, but it seems completely legitimate.


All kidding aside, the 6.5 Grendel is an amazing cartridge that was originally established in 2003 for the AR15 platform and is now available in bolt action rifles.

While other cartridges have come out and gained popularity, the 6.5 Grendel still has a permanent place in the conversation when talking about long range shooting. Prices can be high for match grade ammo, but Wolf offers extremely affordable plinking ammo with their 100-grain FMJ steel-case loads.

Author shooting the Palmetto State Armory 6.5 Grendel with Federal Premium 130-grain Berger OTM loads.

With a growing choice of ammo from 90-130 grain projectiles and the benefit of a great ballistic coefficient with the 6.5mm bullet, 500+ yard shooting can be almost boring. While at the High Bar Homestead with PSA, I was able to evaluate their 6.5 Grendel out to 1,000 yards with Federal Premium 130 grain Bergers.

Once dialed in, I was able to put rounds on a steel silhouette regularly.

Of course, if you want to know a LOT more about the 6.5 Grendel – you need to read the 6.5 Grendel Shootout!

4. 6mm Creedmoor – The Speed Demon

The 6mm Creedmoor has gained a lot of traction with competitive shooters over the last couple of years.

6mm Creedmoor
6mm Creedmoor

It’s parent case, unsurprisingly, is the 6.5 Creedmoor which has an amazing pedigree for long range shooting.

Necking the 6.5 Creedmoor down to 6mm is straightforward and using high ballistic coefficient bullets around 100 grains gives great performance out to 1,000 yards.

6.5 Creedmoor vs 6 Creedmoor vs 6.5 PRC
6.5mm Creedmoor Vs. 6mm Creedmoor Vs. 6.5 PRC Source, Hornady’s YouTube

Ammunition choices have increased lately and Hornady has ammunition with the 87-grain VMAX, and a 103-grain ELD-X for long range hunting. Barnes and Remington also have loads for hunting and long-range precision shooting.

None of these choices are necessarily friendly on your wallet, with most loads over $1/round, but the velocity with a lighter grain bullet and the case capacity makes for a great long-range round. Bucking the wind, though, is not in its favor compared to its bigger brother, the 6.5 Creedmoor.

Availability is not great either, so online buying or reloading may be the best option for this cartridge.

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

While ammo might not be cheap, 6mm rifles seem to be dropping in price – I’ve seen Ruger Precision Rifles in 6mm Creedmoor going for crazy good prices lately.

5. 6.5 Creedmoor – The Hipster Round

Developed in 2007 by Hornady, the 6.5 Creedmoor has a parent case with the .30 TC, which was originally based on the .308 Winchester.

Assorted 6.5 Creedmoor (L to R: Federal FMJ, Soft 129gr, Ballistic Tip 120gr, Gold Medal 140gr)
Assorted 6.5 Creedmoor (L to R: Federal FMJ, Soft 129gr, Ballistic Tip 120gr, Gold Medal 140gr)

Where the .308 Winchester comes up short, the 6.5 Creedmoor turns on the afterburners largely because of the 6.5mm bullet’s excellent sectional density and ballistic coefficient. For many, this is a round that you hate to love.

I understand why some hate the round, and it’s largely the .308 Winchester fanboys.

It honestly feels like cheating behind a quality 6.5 Creedmoor. The 6.5 CM is superior to the .308 Win in just about any practical sense of the matter with better range, less effect with wind, and less bullet drop.

While they are relatively close within 500 yards, at 1,000 yards the .308 Winchester has 4 feet more drop when you compare a 6.5 CM 140-grain ELD vs. a .308 Win 168-grain ELD.

This is largely because the .308 Winchester is a heavier, slower bullet. Even with kinetic energy factored in, after 500 yards the 6.5 CM pulls away as the leader due to its retained velocity.

6.5 Creedmoor
6.5 Creedmoor

Ammo availability has gotten much larger for the 6.5 Creedmoor as well, and can even be picked up locally at your neighborhood Wal-Mart.

While there isn’t much of a cheap alternative for 6.5 CM ammunition, Lucky Gunner lists S&B 140-grain FMJs for $0.78/round. A personal favorite of mine is the Federal Premium 130-grain Bergers, which at the time of this writing costs $1.50/round.

What’s your take on the 6.5 Creedmoor?

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Honorable Mentions

.308 Winchester has been around for almost 70 years now and has served militaries and police forces around the world as faithfully as it has served competition shooters.

Assorted 7.62x51mm (MEN 147gr, PPU 165gr, PPU 180gr, Gold Medal 168gr
Assorted 7.62x51mm (MEN 147gr, PPU 165gr, PPU 180gr, Gold Medal 168gr

While there are newer cartridges around, many of them are derived from the .308 and all of them are measured against it.

Aero M5 .308 AR-10
Aero M5 .308 AR-10

.416 Barret while a very new cartridge compared to most is currently the ultimate boss king of extreme long range shooting – the Team Global Precision Group not long ago used the .416 Barrett to ring steel at a mind-blowing 6,012 yards (3.4 miles, 5497 meters, 18,036 feet). If you took the Statue of Liberty and laid it down, that’s almost 20 Statues of Liberty long. That’s a lot of FREEDOM.

.300 Winchester Magnum is a favorite of hunters around the world for big game at long range. Need to drop an Elk at 500 yards? .300 Win Mag is your ticket. While still a great long-range precision shooting cartridge, it is starting to lose ground to newer and softer shooting cartridges.

A Long Trip Down the Rabbit Hole

Like Alice in Wonderland, you can go down a very deep rabbit hole of different calibers and cartridges for long range shooting.

Common Rifle Calibers
Common Rifle Calibers

Covering all of them would practically be a novel, so I am going to stop short here. Depending on your personal budget, and what kind of rifle you want, the sky is the limit.

.338 Lapua vs .30-06 Black Tip
.338 Lapua vs .30-06 Black Tip

Cartridges like the .338 Lapua Magnum, .375 Cheytac, and .50 BMG have shown incredible performance down range. Price ranges a lot for rifles, and feeding them is a whole different story, even if you reload. If you take a left turn, you can go through an endless list of wildcats.

What are some of your favorite long-range cartridges? Let us know in the comments below! And to reach out that far…you’ll need some great glass.  Here’s our Best Long Range Scopes.

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  • Mike Mosssr

    I'm looking for some 303 ammo

    July 19, 2021 5:17 pm
  • Ken

    My go to for long range hunting are the 7mm STW and 6.5-300 weatherby. Both are far more exceptional than the 5 you chose.

    July 11, 2021 9:59 am
  • steve crain

    7 mm. rem. mag. the flattest cartridge I can find. we started testing in VIET-NAM, they were great, even at LONG range.

    March 30, 2021 8:23 pm
  • Jeff

    25-06...nobody ever talks about it. First deer rifle ever since I was 13 and I keep going back to it (37 now). It shoots flat and just drops the deer.. Doesnt quite pack the punch needed for long range elk hunting though.

    November 11, 2020 11:53 pm
  • castle

    No one ever mentions the .270 Win. It out performs the 6.5 Creedmore and the .308

    August 14, 2020 11:42 am
    • Emery LaPrade

      So true. Shoots flatter than a 243- wheich already kicks a 6.5 cm was. Barrel life is longer, packs more energy at all distances too!!!

      September 13, 2020 11:00 pm
  • A.b.

    when it comes to long range hunting I have to stick to my 7mm mag custom made bolt action, an extremely flat trajectory and shots at over 1000 yards are very common. I also like my 6.5 CM I is a very good 1000 yrd gun but when it comes to big game 7mm mag is the way to go, when you are hunting two legged 200 lb game the 6.5 Creefmore is my choice I used to own a .338 win mag and a 300 win mag but got tired of the beating my shoulder was taking from them.

    June 8, 2020 10:35 pm
    • steve crain

      I fully AGREE. tried in NAM late in the conflict, but great results.

      March 30, 2021 8:25 pm
  • VF

    I wish we had as much long range shooting locations as they do out west. In the East it is rather limited. There are not many places you can shoot 500 yards. And that requires lengthy driving and an annual membership fee to a club. They usually start at around $300. Some much more. Throw in the extra expense of spotting scopes, expensive scopes and precision rifle builds, time for reloading sub MOA cartridges, etc., and one can see a lot of time, money and devotion are required. Not to mention lugging all the equipment and having spotters. But lack of convenience is certainly the Big Kahuna. All the other factors combined still don’t add up to that one huge deterrent. I’m drawn to this new interest in long range. Prior this I’ve been an old school kinda guy, shooting offhand and making sure I can hit what I aim at out to 300 yards. In the old way of thinking that was good because I could achieve that consistently. But this long range is a whole different ball game. The adjustment to supported shooting won’t be so involved, but the light triggers may ironically take some work. The technique of holding the butt rather than the fore end - not too difficult,
    but the whole free recoil thing and light grip will require some attention also. I’m curious and find myself being sucked in- LOL

    May 30, 2020 7:31 am
  • Joseph

    Honestly I love my 7mm win mag 1000 yard shots, I have a Thompson center venture 7mag with a vortex viper 6.5-24x50 scope and have dropped coyotes at 800 yards. Love the caliber. Been shooting this particular caliber since I bought my first legal rifle at the old age of 18 lol. 30 years later still shooting this caliber even though I do have the 6.5 CM too. Both are great game droppers. Just took me a 600+ pound cow elk 1 shot with my creedmore 200 yards away. Anyway be safe shoot str8 and God bless

    May 2, 2020 5:50 am
  • Rick

    If this is a discussion on long range rifles rounds and the rifles that shoot them, then the .308 shouldn’t be in the discussion. It drops almost 400 inches at 1000 yards and drifts 100 inches at the same with a 10 MPH full value wind. The same thing with the 556mm. To me, those are akin to lobbing footballs at something. For long rang range hunting my list would go .257 Weatherby Magnum, the flattest shooting hunting cartridge period, Next the 6.5-.300 Weatherby Magnum, it outperforms any other 6.5 period, The .30-378 Weatherby holds 120 grains of water and outperforms any other .30 caliber cartridge and has the longest point blank range of any .30, including the Lazzeroni’s. Those are the hunting rifles, see a pattern? In reference to the gentleman saying a hunter shouldn’t take a long range shot, what he mean’t was He shouldn’t take a long range shot. It is the responsibility of any hunter to put down game as quickly and humanely as possible with a single shot. If that is 100 yards for him fine, it might 1200 yards for me given my skills , equipment, training, & practice.. Some people take their rifle out two weeks before the season and fire a dozen shots, these people probably fall into the 50 or 100 yard category.
    The long range military rifles on my list would start with the .338 Lapua, .375 Cheytec, .408 Cheytac, the .416 Barrett and finally the .50 Bmg. That is just my opinion. I competed in many 1000 yard and 1500 meter competitions. I’ve not done the King of 2 mile thing but if I were younger it would have appealed to me. Bill Poor recently claimed to hit a target at 5280 yards/4837 meters or 3 miles. I wasn’t there to see it actually happen, but I don’t doubt that it could have. At that range everything comes into play, Spin drift of the bullet, altitude, relative humidity, the 9-11 second flight time of the bullet, the Coriolis Effect ( spin of the earth ) etc. All of those things and more must be perfect. Even then you’re talking about a 1/4 MOA Shot.

    April 22, 2020 5:07 pm
    • Steve

      I can only second what Rick says about the .257 Weatherby magnum. It's disconcerting to me that this cartridge always gets left out of the conversation. I've often read gun writers saying something like [As a kind of afterthought], "...the unmatched reach and accuracy of the 6.5 Creedmoor, and the heavy-hitter quality of the .50 BMG or the Lapua, etc. ( The Weatherby 257 is also greatly favored by Western hunters...)." That's it. One afternoon, after shooting a nice antelope at about 500 yards, I was walking back to the truck with the guide, and we were discussing quarter-bores, with the guide extolling his 25-06, the best of the lot. That's a fine caliber, I said. "Of course, he said quietly, it can't reach out and flatten antelope like your Weatherby, but..." Can't tell you how many times I've gone back to the ballistic tables to make sure I'm not going crazy. Yup, the .257 beats everybody in speed and long-range accuracy, at least out to 500-600 yards (except the .22 Swift, and it drops off after a couple of hundred yards) . When I first got my Weatherby, I went to zero my scope. I zeroed it at about 2 inches high at 200 yards. I then went about correcting it for the 300-yard target. Still, 2 inches high was all it needed. Then the 400 yard. No real adjustment necessary. I sincerely am ready to listen to reason: Why is the .257 Weatherby ignored in these discussions? It just my rifle? Is it under a spell? It sure isn't my spectacular marksmanship.

      April 4, 2021 2:57 pm
  • Wayne

    I would love if you had any info on a ar-10 or 15 barrel in bolt replacement that would fit in my palmetto guns for the 6.5 prc ????

    April 1, 2020 7:44 am
  • samas

    What about 22-250? I really love my Sturm Ruger M77, and couldn't believe a 34 gr bullet could achieve 4000+ FPS muzzle velocity! I would like to see how other people have loaded that round for various purposes

    February 17, 2020 4:34 pm
    • Nathan

      The 22-250 has never been considered a long range cartridges because the cartridges have very light bullets and rifles offered have always had slow twist rates. If you handloaded the same heavy bullets used in the 224V and had a custom rifle built with a faster twist rate (1:8), it would either match or slightly beat the 224V. (I looked into it once but can't remember exactly.. I think it slightly beats the 224V)

      June 4, 2020 7:58 am
  • Agostino

    I'm from Italy. Your words is like a Bible. I have many rifle, 6,5 x 57 R 6,5 x 68, 7 x 64 30- 06, 7 RM but the very big satisfaction is shoot. At 100 yards with black powder 50 kaliber

    January 19, 2020 5:22 am
  • Atch

    I kinda thought 7mil rem mag would be there somewhere. I use it long range and it does just fine. So who is going to tell me how bad it is. I know someone will. Hoping to hear some good things about it too.

    September 14, 2019 4:44 pm
    • Nathan

      Nothing wrong whatsoever with the 7mmRM. Newer cartridges do offer better ballistics, but at the expense of more recoil, shooter barrel life and less off-the-shelf cartridge selection. Caliber selection is all about figuring what trade-offs make the most sense for what you want to accomplish.

      June 4, 2020 8:02 am
  • Chief Wampum

    Looks like another article telling us it's ok to shoot at an elk from 500 yards away. I have news for you, it's not ok! I don't care if you have a Win Mag or a Creedmoor and can hit steel from a mile away with it. I know plenty of people who can actually do that and even they won't shoot at game beyond 300 or 400 yards, depending on the wind. Why? There is too much to go wrong and game animals aren't targets or enemies. The problem with articles like this is that it gives younger readers (whose experience likely includes playing call of duty or watching American sniper) the false impression that any of these rounds will simply do the trick without a great deal of training and practice. Those folks who actually do have that great deal of training and practice, once again, know better than to take outrageously long shots on our valuable big game animals.

    September 4, 2019 8:24 pm
    • Royallancers

      I may be wrong, and its ok for me to be wrong. But where in the article does he even mention big game hunting. For me a guy who likes hitting steel at long range this article was extremely helpful. The article is "7 Best Long-Range Cartridges: Hit Stuff Really Far Away". He didn't say Elk or Deer or Hogs or Trolls. He said stuff. You are not wrong in your thoughts. I just think this article was not specifically a hunting article. There are many of us who have rifles to attempt to master the art of long range steel shooting. Just my 2 cents plus change.

      September 9, 2019 8:40 pm
      • ricochet

        Where? Right here: ".300 Winchester Magnum is a favorite of hunters around the world for big game at long range. Need to drop an Elk at 500 yards? .300 Win Mag is your ticket. While still a great long-range precision shooting cartridge, it is starting to lose ground to newer and softer shooting cartridges."

        April 29, 2020 11:03 pm
    • Nathan

      Chief, I certainly respect your opinion, but having hunted out west I'd like to make a counter argument for you and others to consider. I don't expect to change your mind, but think respectful conversation is a good thing. I don't know if you're from the east, but that argument is typically made from someone who lives in the east and hunts woods. My first successful hunt with a rifle was an antelope (ie, very small kill zone compared to an elk) shot at 330 yards. In the open plains, 300 yards in 15 mph winds is the starting place. Maybe 250 if the stars align. Don't even come play if you can't consistently make that shot. If you've only shot 150 yards in the woods, that shot may seem really tough. If you have a laser range finder and know the exact distance, its not. In my opinion, 300-600-ish isn't an unethical shot for those who are genuinely skilled enough to make the shot because people are consistently successful all the time at those distances. I mention 600 fairly arbitrarily because we owe it to the animal to try to get as close as we can. When you are really far away (let's say 800), it's almost always possible to close the distance without spooking the animal. (The main exception would be shooting canyon to canyon - you may not be able to get closer) I personally won't take shots that have a time of flight of about .5, .6 seconds so time of flight becomes an issue also. Bottom line, I agree its in our best interest and the animals' best interest to get as close as we can. I don't judge those who take longer shots, but encourage people to know their limits. I also encourage others to understand that their limits legitimately aren't limits for other people sometimes. Quick story.. I've been teaching my dad how to shoot. He had never shot beyond 200 yards (and only shot very little at 200). He recently got a new rifle and scope so I took him to my shooting club. He sighted in his rifle and we immediately dialed to 400 yards. His first 5 shots were all hits. That's not really far, but it goes to show you that having the right gear and understanding the science behind it all makes it possible to shoot very far with a very high degree of consistency. Happy Hunting!

      June 4, 2020 8:44 am
      • Chris

        Nathan, I got to say I really appreciate that defense. I grew up in Montana,hunting both in the mountains in the West and in high school out in the flats in the East part of the state. The difference between hunting in the forested mountains and chasing deer out where the deer regularly start running away 400 yards out if they see you creates a whole different experience. At the end of the day, your skill and time on a rifle is a much larger factor on how ethical a shot is.

        July 17, 2020 12:35 pm
    • Bryan

      Speak for yourself only. There's plenty of people that are just fine a 500 yds. That's mid-range, not even long-range, by many people's standards. There's plenty of setups out there where 500 yd shots are simple things.

      August 25, 2020 11:20 am
  • greg Saunders

    thanks and what of the 6.5cm PRC you have a picture of it but dont mention it. Is it the 6.5 CM on steriodes but with out the kick of the 300 win mag? wanting to hunt with it as wells a compete win PRC Im thinking it is all that Ineed and a little more. more... do I really need more ??? what are your thoughts ??

    July 30, 2019 8:54 pm
    • David, PPT Editor

      It's basically 6.5cm on roides, yes. We haven't gotten any trigger time with it yet, but I'm hoping to do some testing soon. Right now options are really slim and ammo prices are really high.

      July 30, 2019 9:12 pm
    • Doc J

      Ditto for the .300 PRC, which fixes every shortcoming of the .300 Win Mag and as the name implies (PRC - "Precision Rifle Cartridge") was made for accuracy at extreme long distance.

      January 24, 2020 10:18 am
  • Jim

    I always favored the .264 Win Mag. A great flat shooter. I guess because it was my dad's and the first long distance rifle I was taught with. It's a pre-64 and well it's not used much now. It will be passed down to my son and so forth. Although it will always be there and ready if the need arises. Oh, I also on a 300 Win Mag too, just in case I get lucky enough to go elk hunting.

    March 28, 2019 8:17 pm
  • Tom

    To build off of the PSA .224 Valkyrie Upper you recommended is there any other changes needed to a standard AR-15 lower assembly? In other words, can I just remove my .223 Wylde/5.56 NATO223 upper assy and install the PSA .224 Valkyrie upper?

    March 28, 2019 11:33 am
    • David, PPT Editor

      Yes, you can. .224 Valk just needs a new barrel and a new bolt. The only thing about the lower would be magazines, .224 Valk uses 6.8 SPC mags.

      March 28, 2019 1:20 pm
    • Steve

      You sure can. It's a quick and easy swap. All you need is a magazine for the .224 round and the 6.8 SPC mags do a very good job.

      April 2, 2019 5:11 pm
  • Clark

    I wish there was more talk around 308 since you've established it as the baseline by which all long range cartridges are judged.

    March 28, 2019 10:06 am
    • David, PPT Editor

      Here you go! Best .308 Ammo

      March 28, 2019 1:20 pm
    • Tim

      With new( in the works)bullet designs the .308 surpasses the .300 win mag and is closing in on 6.5 ! Reloaders take notice don't give up on the .308 yet good things to come.

      April 1, 2019 11:36 am
      • Jerry

        Umm.. the .300 mag is far superior to the 308. According to the ballistics charts on the boxes.

        April 30, 2019 8:44 pm
      • Nathan

        Wrong on all accounts. Unless the 300WM was down-loaded to unsafe levels, the 308 will never beat it. They shoot the exact same projectile, but the 300WM does it much faster. Regarding the comment on the 6.5C, the laws of aerodynamics don't agree with you. The 6.5C shoots bullets that are more aerodynamic (higher BC) and at faster speeds.. I don't hate the 308 at all, but it's been surpassed. The 308 is a good round and in many cases there's no reason to replace it with a 6.5C unless you just want to.. On the other hand if you're starting fresh, there's not much reason to buy a 308 over a 6.5C. (The only reasons I can think of to buy the 308 is if you are going compete in a competition that requires that caliber or you already have plenty of reloading gear for the 308 and you don't want to change that over also.)

        June 4, 2020 8:08 am
      • Bryan

        1) no
        2) even if that were true .308 and 300 win mag use the same 300 win mag would see the same increases and would stay just as far ahead

        August 25, 2020 11:23 am
  • Andrew

    So many variables and I think the age old "it depends". Cost, purpose, reload or not, competition or not, etc... If I am just putting holes in paper at 1000+ I'd go 6mm Creed, 6mm Dasher, or 6x47 Lapua. If I want to be a King of 2 Mile shooter .375 Cheytac hands down followed by a .50 BMG, if I want to overwatch an infantry squad either .338 Win Mag or .50 BMG, if cost isn't an issue Anzio Ironworks 20mm (yes 20mm), Barrett, AI, or a full up custom build. If I reload then a wildcat cartridge like 6x47 Lapua. If im trying to hunt, 300 Win Mag, 338 maybe a 7mm. So it just depends , but I wouldn't lump 556, 224, etc into this category. Look at what the best are shooting in PRS, pretty much 6mm and variants.

    March 27, 2019 10:52 am
  • Phil Double

    You would be surprised at what my .25-06 Rem will do.

    March 27, 2019 9:49 am
  • Mike Russell

    No mention of the new 300 PRC??

    March 26, 2019 8:35 pm
    • David, PPT Editor

      It's new, very little data out about it. Not much else to say, sorry.

      March 27, 2019 3:28 am
  • Robert M. Copley

    My favorite for many years is the 7mmX300 Weatherby on a Ruger No.1 with a Schillen @ 24'' a long with the 264 Win. Mag. Model 70 with a 24" Medium wt. bbl.
    I still like my 300 Win. Mag Browning Eclipse using 208 Grain Hornady Match Bullets and am having a good time with my new DPMS with a Geissly Trigger and custom Muzzle brake with the barrel cryogenically treated hitting golf balls at 200 yards.

    March 26, 2019 6:40 pm
    • J Hurley

      Surprising how many people seem to have forgotten the .264 W mag

      March 27, 2019 1:25 pm
  • Mestengo Hidalgo

    This is probably my inexperience talking but I have to ask why, when evaluating long range potential, the evaluations are always limited to flight path and ringing steel? Shouldn't penetration at the point of termination be a consideration?

    March 26, 2019 5:52 pm
    • Ken Whitmore

      That is also something to take account of with regards to a hunting bullet. But that can also vary from projectile to projectile.

      Effective accuracy range is much different than effective and ethical killing range on game, but that is something to take into account if the rifle will be used for hunting.

      March 26, 2019 6:39 pm
    • David, PPT Editor

      Generally, long-range shooting is pure sport and for sport the effectiveness of the round on target is moot. USSOCOM did just adopt 6.5 Creedmoor as their new go-to cartridge though.

      March 27, 2019 3:26 am
  • Woodsman

    A rather odd collection but since anytime we have a "best" of anything its all subjective. We could go into all sorts of great cartridges that frankly its hard to find anything that is a clear cut winner in the group. They each have pros and cons. This "best" list is a list of "best" for the author, others mileage may vary.

    March 26, 2019 5:11 pm
    • Ken Whitmore

      Definitely agree with that statement. There are far too many cartridges out there to narrow down, let alone the shooter's need factored in. I tried to pick out some popular ones on the market currently based on typical ranges most shooter's shoot out too.

      March 26, 2019 5:43 pm
    • joe

      i think the 50 bmg would make most every ones list on this topic

      March 27, 2019 8:55 am
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