LONG RANGE GAME RIFLES:
Our long range game rifles are built for their superiority in accuracy. All long range rifles for game need to be combined with proper load work up and a proper scope for the best job possible.
I have been shooting game at long ranges since 1964 and have learned a lot from these experiences. Foremost is that there is a limit to how far, realistically and ethically, we should attempt to shoot at a magnificent animal, despite what some “long range experts”, in trying to sell videos and supposedly souped up rifles, will have you believe. There are many factors involved in taking game at long range. The shooters experience and ability to shoot accurately in many varied conditions are just two factors to consider.
The first aspect to consider in a long range hunting rifle is the game you intend to hunt. This will dictate the caliber and energy required to take your game. Above all, chose correct bullets designed to perform correctly at the ranges you intend to hunt. Never use fragile target bullets.
Our long range rifles will have a 5/8″ MOA or better accuracy. I have been shooting game at long ranges since 1964 and I have learned a lot from these experiences. Foremost is that there is a limit to how far, realistically and ethically, we should attempt to shoot at a magnificent animal, despite what some “long range experts”, in trying to sell videos and supposedly souped up rifles, will have you believe. There are many factors involved in taking game at long range. The shooters experience and ability to shoot accurately in many varied conditions are just two factors to consider.
Nosler has introduced L. R. Accubond bullets that expand and penetrate deeply for one shot kills with correctly places shots, down to 1300 fps. Many bullets fail to perform adequately below 2300 fps.
New all copper or gilding metal bullets fit in this catagory and shouldn’t be considered if the velocities are below this range. We have available to us many quality controlled expansion bullets such as Nosler Partition and Accubond, Swift A-Frame, Scirroco, Trophy Bonded and others.
NEW: August 2018: Extreme Long Range
Weatherby Mark V Accumark rebarreled to .338 x.378 Wby. with a Hart 27″ stainless barrel, RCR muzzle brake, 28 1/2″ total length. Glass bedded. Trigger set to 2.8 lbs. Leupold 5HD Tactical Milling Reticle, TMR in 3.6-18 x44 M5C3 front focal. Warne bases, pinned and cemented to action. Vortex matched rings. Complete load work up, data and test target supplied. $6800.00 [prices subject to change without notice as components may change].
26” Hart Match barrel, fluted; removable Randy’s Custom Rifles muzzle brake; Model 70 Win. McMillan stock, pillar and glass bedded; Timney trigger set to 2.8 lbs; Leupold 2 pc. bases and rings; Leupold VXR full dot Wind Plex with CDS system. This rifle shot a .386 group at 100 yards with 160 gr. Nosler A. B. custom load work up.
.375 x .408 Chey Tac Imp.
Built on a BAT Machine action; Jewell trigger; Krieger stainless steel 34” x 1.450 diameter barrel with integral muzzle brake; MOA mount base Near one-piece rings using 3 rings; Night Force 5.5 x 25 x 56with hash mark mill range system; laminated thumbhole stock with adjustable cheek rest; aluminum pillar, glass bedded; Sinclair F-Class bipod. Extreme accuracy to 2 miles. Other calibers available such as .338 Edge; .338/378 Wby.; .338 Lapua; .408 Chey Tac and 50 BMG. Extreme accuracy up to 2 miles.
Sinclair F-Class bipodSinclair F-Class bipod.
27” Shilen Match barrel, fluted, with removable Randy’s Custom Rifles muzzle brake; Weatherby Mark V action; Timney trigger set to 2.8 lbs; Near Mfg. mount and rings; Weatherby fiberglass stock, glass bedded; Swarovski 5-25 scope with ballistic turret. This rifle shot a .342 group at 100 yard with a custom hand load worked up by Randy for this rifle.
.300 Rem Mag. Ultra
On Win. Model 70 stainless action; Borden Rimrock stock; pillar bedded; black epoxy finish; Krieger match stainless barrel; custom 4-12x Leupold scope with multi-dot custom long range reticle. No adjustments needed in the field.
FN Mauser 6MM Rem. Ackley Imp.
Action trued; 3 position safety; Timney trigger; Lilja stainless barrel; fiddle back maple stock; ebony tip and cap; 2 pc. Leupold bases and rings; 4-12 Leupold with custom dots to 800 yards.
7MM-.404 Wapiti Express Custom Rifle
Model 70 pre-64 action, French walnut classic stock, wrap around point pattern checkering, ebony tip, Brownell’s grip cap, decelerator recoil pad. Harris McMillan stainless 26″ match grade barrel. Swivel sling bases. Bauch & Lomb 2.5 x 8.
98 Mauser 1909 .270 caliber custom rifle
Claro walnut classic stock with wrap around point pattern checkering, ebony tip, Brownell’s grip cap. Al Biesen trap butt plate, Bauch & Lomb 2.5 x 8 scope. Shilen chrome-moly barrel, 26″, matte blued.
Selby custom proto-type action. Harris McMillan barrel. Myrtle wood stock, with exceptional eye appeal, ebony fore end tip and grip cap. 4x12 Nikon with Talley bases and rings. Long range elk rifle.
700 Rem. 6.5-06 Custom Rifle
“24 Shilen match stainless barrel; Timeny trigger; Hi-Tech fiberglass stock; stock and metal in Brown Woods Camo; Swarovski 4-12 ZS scope; Talley rings. See Custom stocks , below, for other metal and stock finishes.
What is recommended “long range” for shooting wild game?
With the rifles I build, properly set up with custom loads, tested on our range, I believe that 600 to 700 yards is a very long shot, and the maximum that a shooter should attempt to kill any game, no matter how experienced or what caliber of rifle or fancy scope may be used. Again, despite the hype on long range shooting, bullet velocity and trajectory decline rapidly and the chance of wounding one of these magnificent animals increases exponentially past 600 to 700 yards.
I recommend only fixed reticle systems such as the custom dot system for this type of shooting. Most scope makers have reticle systems up to 500 yards which also tells us that is their maximum recommendation for long range shots for game.
Bullets fail to perform correctly if the range is too long, then you need to start factoring in the differences of wind currents between you and your intended target, temperature, terrain conditions, actual hunting situations and finally and most importantly, fair chase and ethical hunting practices dictated in each situation. Never take a shot if your chance of wounding the game you are shooting at is medium to high.
Long range optics:
Randy has developed a reticle system, using all of the available Leupold long range scopes, specific for each rifle and it’s particular ballistics. What works for one rifle and its ballistics will not necessarily work for another. Once this system is in place you will not have to take precious time adjusting knobs, like most systems, to “find” the range on your scope for that accurate and killing shot. This system is worked up, upon request, for each individual rifle based on the best loads worked up for the highest possible accuracy. Prices vary, and will be discussed with a client when a long range package is being ordered. We have added Horus vision scopes to the line, the ultimate in long range systems.
Above is a depiction of just one long range dot reticle. It is zeroed at 300 yards with dots for 400, 500, 600 and 700 yards. Dots may be made in many sizes. The larger dots are best for big game hunting. Dots shown are in a 12x scope, 1 1/4″ main dot, all others are 3/4″. This system eliminates the need to adjust knobs or turrets. I have found that too often these internal adjustments lead to the change of zero and impact, which may lead to a missed shot. Our system is a fixed system that never changes, is quick, easy and very accurate for long range shooting.
The rifles pictured here are just a small sampling of the rifles Randy has built over the years. Each rifle, depending on components, will be individually priced at the time of the order.
All rifles pictured on this site are custom rifles built for individual clients specifically for their own needs, uses and budget. We do not stock rifles on hand, but build rifles on order to each client’s particular specifications. We also do custom conversions. We will be glad to build a rifle custom tailored to your needs, desires and budget. A rifle may be built similar to any of the rifles depicted or may be totally different. If you do not see something on this site that you wish, that does not mean it cannot be built. Please inquire..
All orders must have a minimum of 70% down to start the order and the balance will be due prior to the completion of the rifle. The time frame for that balance will depend on each individual order and turnaround time.
Occasionally a rifle will be placed on the site for sale. In that case it will be noted that the rifle is for sale and a price will accompany the picture and description of the rifle.