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Old 01-21-2022, 04:31 PM   #1
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Long story short I won a once in a lifetime mid Asian ibex hunt in Tajikistan at sheep show this year. Two of the best mountain bow hunters in the world have told me donít take a bow because of the terrain and the way they hunt there, so i guess Iím taking a rifle. I havenít killed anything with a rifle in almost 20 years. Donít really even own one worth taking. I know everyone has a rifle option so letís hear them. Your making a 700 yard hunting rifle what you taking? Here is what Iím hunting.




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Old 01-21-2022, 04:36 PM   #2
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That is a cool animal. Congrats on getting to go on the hunt!
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Old 01-21-2022, 04:37 PM   #3
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All I got is .300 win mag and take Rackley to video it all
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Old 01-21-2022, 04:38 PM   #4
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All I got is .300 win mag and take LFG to video it all

Lol I told him yesterday he needs to come with me.


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Old 01-21-2022, 04:40 PM   #5
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Iíd say 28 Nosler or if you want to stay a little more main stream 300 Win Mag.


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Old 01-21-2022, 04:40 PM   #6
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No help on the rifle, but blind with jealousy for the adventure you have coming up. Good luck with the build.
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Old 01-21-2022, 04:41 PM   #7
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Congrats & Good Luck on your hunt. I would go with any flavor of 300 mag.
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Old 01-21-2022, 04:42 PM   #8
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I would contact Lex , http://www.riflesinc.com/
8000 meters altitude +/- I think light and easy 270- 300prc ,
Anywhere in rare air every once counts

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Old 01-21-2022, 04:42 PM   #9
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300 win mag

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Old 01-21-2022, 04:42 PM   #10
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I'd say if you haven't shot a rifle in 20 years you need to get closer than 700yds unless you are already and accomplished long range marksman. 300 winmag is what I'd choose.

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Old 01-21-2022, 04:46 PM   #11
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I'd say if you haven't shot a rifle in 20 years you need to get closer than 700yds unless you are already and accomplished long range marksman. 300 windage is what I'd choose.
I will practice.. And I can shoot, when I do.. I just havent hunted with one in 20 years.. I would love a 100 yard shot.. But gotta take what comes..
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Old 01-21-2022, 04:46 PM   #12
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300 win or 300WSM
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Old 01-21-2022, 04:50 PM   #13
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I canít tell how big those critters are. Iíd say 257 Weatherby Mag or .300WM like others have said.


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Old 01-21-2022, 04:56 PM   #14
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300wm or 7mag.
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Old 01-21-2022, 04:59 PM   #15
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If you handload 7 STW. If not, 28 Nosler.
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Old 01-21-2022, 05:04 PM   #16
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28 Nosler or 7RUM. Both carry plenty down range and the long slender bullet designs far outperforms 30 cal rounds. I know 30 cal has a big following but the BC on the 28 Nosler rules
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Old 01-21-2022, 05:12 PM   #17
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One of the APR specials in whatever caliber suits your fancy! ��
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Old 01-21-2022, 05:16 PM   #18
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I would be taking my APR in 7 SAUM. But I’d have my vortex fury 5000. Or something comparable To take most of the guess work out of it!!!

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Old 01-21-2022, 05:18 PM   #19
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Glad you’re taking my advice and leaving the bow at home.







Congrats on the hunt. Best of luck to you.
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Old 01-21-2022, 05:18 PM   #20
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700. Itís the shooter. Ya need one?

28 nos or 7 rum

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Old 01-21-2022, 05:18 PM   #21
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Old 01-21-2022, 05:21 PM   #22
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I would take my .300 WinMag. It's light, has nice glass and shoots light out much farther than I can.
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Old 01-21-2022, 05:22 PM   #23
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On second thought, since you won the hunt, you have extra money and NEED a new lightweight APR custom rifle with Swarovski glass. I would still opt for a .300 WinMag and it would kill the same as my own, BUT it would be SO much cooler with a new lightweight custom mountain rifle!
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Old 01-21-2022, 05:24 PM   #24
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My 7 STW would be going with me ! Good luck.
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Old 01-21-2022, 05:28 PM   #25
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270 or 7 mag Whatever you feel confrontable and confident in shooting.
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Old 01-21-2022, 05:37 PM   #26
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280 AI with a 160 grain bullet, I wouldn't suggest a magnum just because of recoil and extra weight. But if you want a magnum then any 28 caliber with a 190 grain bullet.
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Old 01-21-2022, 05:44 PM   #27
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This is the type of hunting I had my 6.5saum built for. Closest factory equivalent is 6.5prc
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Old 01-21-2022, 05:50 PM   #28
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I would take what I already shoot, a 7mm RUM loaded with Barnes 145 gr LRX bullets.
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Old 01-21-2022, 05:59 PM   #29
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Old 01-21-2022, 06:08 PM   #30
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I would loan you my 7mm Lazzeroni but that dang thing gets heavy taking it to the truck...
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Old 01-21-2022, 06:20 PM   #31
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Glad youíre taking my advice and leaving the bow at home.


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Old 01-21-2022, 06:29 PM   #32
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If you reload Iíd go with a 7 Sherman max or mega. If not something like the 28nosler or 300 prc would be my top choices in a lightish weight setup.

Spend some serious time at the range in different positions and conditions till youíre comfortable hitting a 5-6Ē circle at 700 consistently and call it good.
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Old 01-21-2022, 06:37 PM   #33
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6.5 PRC. Good luck finding the ammo though.
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Old 01-21-2022, 07:13 PM   #34
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300PRC would be my choice, that or a 30-378 WBY.


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Old 01-21-2022, 07:32 PM   #35
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Iíve done this song but in Kyrgyzstan. If you wanna give me a call Iíll give you everything I know.

http://huntingdesigns.com/ibex_2012/

I used a 270 WSM and my buddy used a 300 WinMag.

Scope is a Swarovski Z5 3.5-18 w/BT

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Old 01-21-2022, 07:42 PM   #36
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Old 01-21-2022, 07:43 PM   #37
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so sick man.. Taj or kyrg?
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Old 01-21-2022, 07:44 PM   #38
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Call Doc May....
Is the wind blowing? 700 yards? Really?
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Another vote for 300winmag.
They have been used in 1000y competition.
I have a custom Interarms Mark X in 300wm
I can reload anything from 110 to 220gn..
There are many quality factory rounds available.
I would look into a Christensen Arms 300wm
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Old 01-21-2022, 08:01 PM   #40
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so sick man.. Taj or kyrg?
Kyrgyzstan

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Old 01-21-2022, 08:06 PM   #41
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Call Doc May....
Is the wind blowing? 700 yards? Really?
not sure I understand your comment? 700 isnt that far these days..
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Old 01-21-2022, 08:14 PM   #42
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Iíd have a 7 SAUM built
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Old 01-21-2022, 08:24 PM   #43
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not sure I understand your comment? 700 isnt that far these days..
Isn't that necessary either.
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Old 01-21-2022, 08:32 PM   #44
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I have a 7 Mag STW that is my absolute go to rifle...when I'm hunting out of a blind or a truck. There is no way I would take that thing into altitude. It stays in the safe when I go to the mountains. As others have said, I would be in the market for a lightweight/mountain rifle.

Since you said you haven't really gun hunted in 20 years, I'm going to assume you don't reload. In that case, I would go with 300 win mag so I could be sure I would have access to ammo. That way if you need to play around with some different loads at least you have options.
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not sure I understand your comment? 700 isnt that far these days..
Go shoot 700 and try to hit a vital size target your FIRST shot and I bet youíll be humbled.

Do you know how to adjust for that thin air at high altitude? Ram ballistics and trued them?

Just stating thereís a lot more to it than buying a gun capable of that.

300 win or 7 mag. 300 wsm or 7 Saum. Youíll want high BC and horsepower at that distance. Need high BC to cut the wind and youíll need to be able to read the wind up there. Chances are itíll be high wind that high. 700 is a risky risky shot in high wind. And especially at an altitude you havenít proved data in. Buying the equipment is the easy part.

For the record, I own the gear and know how to use it. It would have to be perfect conditions for me to attempt that shot on that animal in a place like that.
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Old 01-21-2022, 08:38 PM   #46
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A .284 or larger caliber rifle you are comfortable with will be the best suited one. I personally prefer the 28 nosler or 300 prc. I shot 2 mule deer last week with the 300prc at 500 and 675 yards without incident. It really boils down to what you can shoot comfortably out of a light backpack ready caliber.
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Old 01-21-2022, 08:39 PM   #47
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Isn't that necessary either.
Im not saying it is.. I want to shoot one at 100 yards lol.. But if I have to I want to be able to.. Kinda the same with wanting to shoot 20 but I have a 100 yard sight tape when I go out west with my bow
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I'm just going to throw this out there since no one else has. 6.5 Creedmoore..


But I like the 7mm STW or the .280 Nosler. Or even a standard 7mmMag.
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Old 01-21-2022, 08:45 PM   #49
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Go shoot 700 and try to hit a vital size target your FIRST shot and I bet youíll be humbled.

Do you know how to adjust for that thin air at high altitude? Ram ballistics and trued them?

Just stating thereís a lot more to it than buying a gun capable of that.

300 win or 7 mag. 300 wsm or 7 Saum. Youíll want high BC and horsepower at that distance. Need high BC to cut the wind and youíll need to be able to read the wind up there. Chances are itíll be high wind that high. 700 is a risky risky shot in high wind. And especially at an altitude you havenít proved data in. Buying the equipment is the easy part.

For the record, I own the gear and know how to use it. It would have to be perfect conditions for me to attempt that shot on that animal in a place like that.

Last time I shot was 750 and missed first shot hit second and third. Im not saying I want to shoot that far.. I want the ability.. **** I would take my bow if I thought it was remotely probable.. I dont want to mess with all this rifle stuff lol
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Old 01-21-2022, 08:49 PM   #50
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not sure I understand your comment? 700 isnt that far these days..
Very long ways in the field. 500 is a long ways to settle after moving on a mountain
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