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Browning's .30-'06 BXC load
is ideal for hunting big game
like bear, elk and moose with
its bonded bullet that allows
for deep penetration through
tough hide and bone.

.308 Win. cartridge case whittled shorter
and necked down with trick-shoulder
angles. When charged with efficient
case-filling powders they launch pencillong high-BC 6mm, 6.5mm and 6.5 mm
and 7mm bullets at 2,800 to 3,200 fps velocity
with incredible accuracy. These calibers also
make decent medium game rounds, but many
fall short due to availability for those wanting
factory fodder.
F-Class is the Ferrari of shooting when it
comes to the cost of gear. Good F-Class rifles
topped with high-dollar optics and serious
rifle rests can easily run several thousands of
dollars. This sport is growing fast for those
who like wailing away at a target 1,000 yards
away with 20 rounds trying to stay in a 5-inch
X-ring. Fun is what F-Class is all about-a
sport where 7mm, 6.5mm and 6mm super-BC
wildcats and some old-timey calibers begin
to truly shine. The good news is you can try
F-Class out with your basic sporting or target
rifle to see if the fun factor is there for you.

SILHOUETTE
In the late 1970s, metallic silhouette
competition exploded. It was by far the
fastest growing NRA competition. Over the
last 20 years, rule changes and the inevitable
equipment race to buy points through
expensive equipment greatly diminished

this once-far-more-popular sport. Silhouette
started off as a simple purist game, shooting
at metal animals at 200 meters to 500 meters
(547 yards). A winner needed a rifle and
ammo that grouped ½ to ¾ MOA at 200
meters and the ability to break a shot when
on, or moving to the next target.
In the 1980s when I competed, my
ammunition was based on neck turned and
trimmed, primer-pocket squared nickel-plated
Federal .308 cases, Dupont 4895 Powder,
Federal Match primers and Sierra 168-grain
match bullets. For Rams, I chose 180-grain
Sierras. But later in the decade I noticed many
shooters were switching to the 7mm-08 Rem.
because it shot as well as the .308 Win.-but
with about 30 percent less recoil at 385 meters
(417 yards) or 500 meters.
Famed silhouette shooter Conard Bernhardt
shared his 7mm-08 Rem. load with me at
the time of 4350 powder, match primers and
Sierra's 175-grain SBT hunting bullet for Rams
and Sierra's 140-grain hunting bullets for 200
to 385 meters and it worked phenomenally
well. Using the same rifle, I dropped an elk at
375 yards, falling so quick it looked like it was
hammered by a cannon round.

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