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    Long range lever action

    Hello all, this may not be the right place for this question but i didnt see any where else that might be better. What would be a good long range lever action and caliber maybe 500-600 yards.

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    Because of the action itself, leverguns are not ideally suited to long range shooting. I mean, don't get me wrong, there are a handful of videos on YouTube with guys shooting steel gongs at 800+ yards with their 30/30's, but, from a practical standpoint, a bolt-action is a much better choice if you desire long range accuracy.

    Browning makes a slew of BLR's - if you can get past their looks - chambered for higher-pressure cartridges, but they're still not the most accurate rifles. In a Marlin, maybe the 338 Marlin Express would be your ticket.

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    Check the first and third stickies on this page. The 32-40, 38-55/.375 & Other Great Non Standard Calibers

    Look for some of Wind's long range lever videos here as well.
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    There are few of us out here looking to horn in on the fun that Wind, Wet Dog, Rowdy and jbledsoe are having with a variety of calibers that are lever guns. Looks like great fun whatever the practicality.
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    Yes, there are lever guns with excellent long range potential. I own what I consider one of the very best, a BLR in .325WSM shown here with my 1895M. The .325 WSM 220gr load can match typical .338WM 225gr loads energy-wise at the muzzle and shoot as flat as a .300WM with typical 180gr loads. Not a bad compromise(?) in my book. Oh, and my BLR/.325 is more accurate than most all of my bolt guns. Saying they are not known to be accurate is a fallacy in my book as I've owned no less than seven BLRs and all have been excellent shooters. FWIW, I prefer the S/A BLRs and way prefer the balance and feel of my .325 or a .300WSM over the much longer & heavier 7mm RM & .300WM BLRs.


    As far as numbers are concerned; at 400 yards the .325/200gr Winchester Factory load is still carrying nearly 2200 FPE and with a 200 yard zero is just under 20" low (-6.8" @ 300 yards).


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    Like I said, there are plenty of folks ringing steel gongs at 800+ yards with their leverguns, and, like I said, the BLRs ratcheting lever-operated action allows them to be chambered for a slew of high-pressure cartridges, but the design is not conducive to long range accuracy. Then again, however, I guess that would depend upon one's interpretation of "accuracy." I find all my leverguns accurate - but compared to my Kimber, Nosler, and Weatherby? Hell, no. We're not even talking the same game.

    I'm certain the BLR will hold its own with mass-produced entry-level rifles and the red herring higher-end rifle, but to say there is not disparity in general between leverguns and boltguns at 500-600 yards, that it's a fallacy, well... I'd just have to see that with my own eyes.
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    Don't get me wrong, Hondossg - if you're talking about ringing gongs, then why not; if you're talking about this new craze with extreme long range hunting, where practical accuracy is prerequisite, that's what I take difference (and no, I don't shoot anything beyond 300 yards).

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    Ive shot plenty of steel targets at 500 meters with a 30-30 lever gun..but for hunting type consistency. forget about it! Ive also shot a 308 win bolt rifle at 500 meters at steel targets...Its a rare occasion you wouldn't hit a ram in the shoulder! But ringing a 4X4 plate at 500 meters with a lever gun..isn't exactly precision type shooting..but it can be done fairly consistently if you pay attention to all the variables.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris45 View Post
    Ive shot plenty of steel targets at 500 meters with a 30-30 lever gun..but for hunting type consistency. forget about it! Ive also shot a 308 win bolt rifle at 500 meters at steel targets...Its a rare occasion you wouldn't hit a ram in the shoulder! But ringing a 4X4 plate at 500 meters with a lever gun..isn't exactly precision type shooting..but it can be done fairly consistently if you pay attention to all the variables.
    Precisely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hondossg View Post
    Hello all, this may not be the right place for this question but i didnt see any where else that might be better. What would be a good long range lever action and caliber maybe 500-600 yards.
    Hey Hondo,

    Take a look here. WhitSpurzon's channel - YouTube 45/70, 38-55, 32-40, 25-20, all seem to be suitable for this type of shooting.

    Enjoy.

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