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Old 03-25-2009, 05:41 PM
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Anyone know what the maximum accurate range would be on a 303 British? I am thinking about getting into some long distance target shooting and my father said I could have his 303 which has always been accurate for deer hunting but I dont know if it would handle any long range stuff.

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Old 03-25-2009, 06:54 PM
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Im thinking about starting with some 600 yard stuff and going to 1000.
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Old 03-25-2009, 06:54 PM
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Welcome to the forum TrxR. Rules are simple, be nice and join in.

I would suggest shooting some five shot groups with it at 100 thru 500 yards to give you an idea of what the rifle will do. That should go a long way toward answering your question for that individual rifle. The 303 British cartridge has the capability of long range as most centerfire 30 calibers do.
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:07 PM
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There are shooters using the .303 over 1,000 yards. Do a little searching on the internet... think I saw a web site where people were using it at 2,000+ yards (somewhere shooting from one island to another!) using a target that was 30 or 4 feet across.

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Old 03-26-2009, 05:19 AM
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What model of .303 British are you planning on using? Has it been modified?

You may want to check out the following link to get another shooter's impression of shooting a .303 British at a competition.


Some are capable of very good accuracy at 600 yds and more while others are disappointing in this regard. You won't know what you have until you give it a try but be warned that what you will have to invest in ammo, entry fees and travel time to matches will probably be more than you first thought. Good luck!
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Old 03-26-2009, 05:34 AM
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My father in law killed a lot of deer at his rear fence line which was 2-350 yards away with an old open sight 303 enfield. The 303 has always been an accurate round.
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Old 03-26-2009, 06:46 AM
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if you are talking about the SMLE .303 , I would imagine it would have good enough accuracy for hunting, but shooting at 600 - 1000 yards with an unmodified SMLE would be a waste of time ....the way to find out is to take it and a couple boxes of shells to the range and put them on paper..... if it won't shoot dime sized groups at 100 yards, you would have a heap of work to do........
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:02 AM
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You may want to contact a good gunsmith and get an objective opinion on what might be required to accurize a .303 to shoot consistent shot groups at 600-1000 yds. I also strongly agree with Bob that the first step is to test fire at 100 yd increments out to 500 yds. If it shoots well at 500 there may be just a few modifications or handload variations to get it to shoot good results at 600-1000 yds, which is not an easy thing to do IMO.
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:03 AM
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While my old 303 was plenty good for whitetail, it would never had made a good long range rifle. that two piece stock on mine sure lent it's self to a lot of vertical stringing in the groups i shot.
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