1,000 Yard Rifle for $945: Confirmed

OK, so my original plan didn’t work out. The Weatherby was an awesome hunting rifle, but the combination of the rifle and the optic didn’t quite work for long range work. What did work amazingly well, however, was the Remington 700 AAC-SD with a Primary Arms scope. Using some 200 grain handloads I was able to ring the gong at the end of the range — 1,000 full yards away. You have no idea how happy it makes me to finally report on a gun that I’ve confirmed to be a 1,000 yard gun. And to confirm that on such a beautiful day was a pure joy.

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About Nick Leghorn

Nick Leghorn is a gun nerd living and working in San Antonio, Texas. In his free time, he's a competition shooter (USPSA, 3-gun and NRA High Power), aspiring pilot, and enjoys mixing statistics and science with firearms. Now on sale: Getting Started with Firearms by yours truly!

14 Responses to 1,000 Yard Rifle for $945: Confirmed

  1. avatarsdog says:

    yes! this is awesome to know that it is possible with the aac sd. I have one but i have not shot it yet because i am still waiting for my McMillan tactical stock for it. pretty sweet.

  2. avatarsanchanim says:

    Question to Nick, do they make it for lefties? I don’t mind my AR in righty, and can get ambie safeties etc, but a bolt action I prefer for south paws.

  3. avatarChris Dumm says:

    I’m still looking for the load (and some non-windy weather) to stretch my own 700 PSS out to the 1,000 yard mark. Even with an incomparable Accuracy International AX-308 I struggled past 800 yards. Some others did fine at that range, so it was probably operator headspace error.

  4. avatarFitz19d says:

    Done in how many shots and repeatable…?

  5. avatardubyabee says:

    Now NIck, can you start ringing (regularly) the 10 and X rings on the NRA long range target? To be clear, I’m not trying to demean, I’m trying to challenge and encourage. GO FOR IT! I’ve pulled targets for some of the nations best Palma shooters and seeing them knocking the spotter out of the X-ring over and over is a thing of joy.

  6. avatarRandomHero says:

    where did this 1000yard shot take place? as far as i know there isnt any “long range” ranges in SA.

  7. avatarMike says:

    Nick, did you dremel out the stock to relieve the float problem? If not, how did you address that?

    I have a Remington 700 in an HS Precision M24 stock with an adjustable comb. I highly recommend this as your next upgrade.

  8. avatarBrad Majors says:

    Nick, in your initial review of the Remington 700 AAC-SD you mentioned several times how well it worked with a silencer. Was this test performed with or without the silencer? If without, how do you think a silencer would affect the accuracy?

    • avatarKyle says:

      Silencers tend to slow the muzzle velocity to much to keep accuracy. But if your load is large enough to keep the velocity high enough at that range then it should not be much of a problem.

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