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8 Best Calibers for Long Range Hunting

by Brad Fitzpatrick   |  April 10th, 2013 6

Long range hunting is as much of an art form as it is a science. On one hand it requires diligent practice and a lengthy range, and on the other hand you’ve got to know how to adjust for wind and specific loads.

One thing’s for sure, though, certain cartridges make your job as a long range hunter a whole lot easier. What you’re really looking for are those flat-shooting, hard-hitting cartridges that have a proven track record for delivering when a trophy is on the line. Fast magnum cartridges have always been favored when hunting at long range, but velocity isn’t the only consideration you’ve got to make. It’s mostly shooter preference, especially when it comes to recoil and reloading for maximum cartridge performance.

We’ve broken it all down for you here, giving you the 8 best long range hunting calibers. They aren’t a replacement for practice, but they sure make the job a whole lot easier.

  • Niko DePofi

    Just out of curiosity – any reason to leave the .300 Remington Ultra Mag out?

  • Edward Wright

    Or the 300 Weatherby mag???

  • GKPrice

    I’ll take either of the .300’s over the 338 RUM ANY day since you have to be able to SHOOT to HIT and the 338 RUM is “rude” to put it succinctly – .300 Win Mag can do “nearly” anything those 2 can do as well and do it in a lightweight rifle – I love watching those outdoor channel shows where 2 or 3 guys share one 11 lb rifle – Hey guys ! That’s elk “SHOOTING” not “elk hunting” !!

  • Eduardo

    Where is the 300 wby magnum? It shoots flatter than than most of the calibers mentioned and has been around since 1944.

  • MIKE

    and 338 win mag not found

  • frankzappa

    I set up a wby mkvi in 30-378 for my south Dakota long range gun. love it. doesn’t kick at all. you could have just piled all 7mm mags in one category as well as the 300 and 338 mags. I used to use my 338 win mag with a 185gr barnes xbt for sd long rang hunting and it was fantastic but I don’t reload as of late so I switched to the 225gr bttx factory round for elk up here in Idaho.

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