Whats a good 1500-1700 yard caliber?

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    Whats a good 1500-1700 yard caliber?

    I am looking at getting a rifle for shooting in the 1500-1700 yard range and was looking for a good round thats mild recoiling.I was thinking a 6.5x47 lapua but then i though it might be to light for wind deflection.So what would you guys choices be?

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    You wont find a mild recoiling calibre with that range. 338LM will be the best round I think.
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    Maybe the 300 Win Mag has been pushed that far. You could also look at the 6.5x284

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    Either the .300 winmag, or .338LM are probably going to be your best choice. Ammunition is easier to come by than some of the more exotic calibers, and much more data exists on them as far as ballistics, and hand loading are concerned.

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    In the movie "one mile shot" Tubb shoots out to a mile with his 6.5x284. That'll probably be the mildest round that will still reach out. He did a pretty good job at it.

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    Don't forget the .50 cal BMG. But it is definitely not mild recoiling.

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    What about the .408 CheyTac?
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    Thats a heavy recoiling calibre. You could do it with the 6.5-284, well you can but something heavier will buck the wind better and is better suited for that kinda range will perform better.
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    Are you building, or buying as is, or having built?


    If it is a build, get a hollow synthetic stock and fill all the voids with a mix of epoxy and lead shot. The heavier the better, obviously, but try to find the mix between a heavy recoil absorber and what you are willing to lug around.

    My most recent build was done at 20.5 pounds empty, and I have had 2 days now with 200 plus rounds, and it has never left a mark, nor gotten uncomfortable to shoot. It is a 7mm Rem Mag, that stock, makes me want to stop long before I ever reached 50 rounds, and sometimes before reacing 20.
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    I know a 30-06 would go that far but how accurate would it be say with a 208gr bullet? Plus recoil isn't that bad.

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