Originally Posted by Asquared
Dpi posted this in equipment discussion but I am new and perhaps I posted to the wrong thred? Anyway thought maybe you guys could help?
I have started to get into the addictive world of long range hunting and shooting and have come to a point where I would like some more advice from those that have been there and done that, and that are overall more experienced.
I will list the current set up I have and then would like to know what everyone else would do in my situation. My overall goal is to have a rifle that I can confidently shoot game (elk/deer) out to (max) 1000 yards.
For my next purchase I was thinking of the Swarovski EL 10x42 range finder/binoculars combo that runs about $3k, however, I am hesitant to pull the trigger (ha ha) on the purchase because I am wondering if there is another purchase that should take priority given my current set up, and the direction it should go.
What I have/ have done so far....
Remington 700, 7mm Mag BDL, Walnut stock. (everything is factory).
Barrel is free floated, done by me. Gun shoots 3/4 MOA at a 100 yrds. (factory barrel, but it is good).
Up graded the scope to a 5.5 x 22 x 56 Nightforce, with MOAR.
I still need rings and proper long action rail (suggestions?).
I invested in the Nightforce Xball ballistics program.
I have a Harris Bi pod, a good back pack and that’s about it.
So what do the experts think? in a priority list? Stock?, barrel?, reloading equipment? optics? I just want some advice on where I should spend some money next? If this is your set up and you had $4k to put into it what would you do next?
If it were my setup, which, I am by no means an expert...This is simply just my opinion on what I would do, and how my build would be.
You already have the 700 action, and the NF scope I would pick...So, if I had an extra $4K after buying those 2 things here's how my setup would look...
700 action - trued and blueprinted by my smith
Barrel - Rock Creek 5R 7mm 1:9 stainless blank, Sendero contour, 28" finished length, w/ 11* recessed match crown, and chambered to 7mmSTW. Break the barrel in, and then have it melonited for extra barrel longevity.
Stock - JP Enterprises Benchrest chassis
Trigger - Jewell set to 1lb, on the nose.
Base - EGW 20MOA base
Rings - TPS TSR 30mm Medium height
I already hand-load, but since you don't, I would take what's left I would invest in a good reloading setup. I use the RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme single-stage press for precision and simplicity, RCBS ChargeMaster 1500, and some good dies and good brass (Nosler).
Then I would get out there and get my perfect load developed, and start practicing at some distance, once I got my load perfected.
That's just what I would do, I'm sure others will have different opinions, but that's what makes us all free-thinking individuals.