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Unread 05-05-2004, 09:32 AM
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Best FACTORY Rifle

A friend of mine wants to buy a new rifle and learn to shoot long range. (600-700 Yrds Max)

He doesn't want to spend for a custom or semi-custom.

Lets hear some opinions on out of the box factory rifles.

He'll be buying either one of the 7mm mags or one of the 30 cal mags.

Thanks to all opinions!
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Unread 05-05-2004, 09:51 AM
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Re: Best FACTORY Rifle


Savage 12 BVSS in in 308 or if he has to have a magnum the 300 WSM.

308 is much cheaper to shoot and out to the ranges he wants is more than enough.

Add Bausch and Lomb 3200 10x with mil dot for $170 that has about 100 MOA elevation.

Farrel tapered base $45 with 20 MOA elevation.

FA Enterprises tactical rings for $80 from Brownells.

Well under $1000 for gun, scope bases and rings.

You can add Savage bolt handle with large knob for $25 and even change barrels yourself with $25 wrench and $250 barrel from Sharpshooter supply already chambered.

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Unread 05-05-2004, 10:41 AM
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Re: Best FACTORY Rifle

I second Bounty Hunterís suggestion. I donít think you can find a more accurate package out of the box for the money than the exact combination he mentioned. If I ever get the time Iíll post a series of pictures of one-hole, five shot groups that I have shot with my Savage 10 FP. The gun is just remarkable Ė especially for the money. You can spend more, but you will be hard pressed to shoot a tighter group for the dollars spent.
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Unread 05-05-2004, 12:11 PM
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Re: Best FACTORY Rifle

The Savages are hard to beat. If he doesn't like the looks/feel, then the Rem 700 VS in .308 Win would be my next choice. 600-700 yards is a long freak'n way! but still very obtainable with a .308 and he won't build a flinch from the recoil like he would with a mag.
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Unread 05-05-2004, 01:38 PM
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Re: Best FACTORY Rifle

I have to agree with everyone-just bought a savage 111fl in 7mm remington ultra mag. Not pretty to look at but I took a few shots just with open sights-(haven't done that in awhile)-shoots awesome. [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]
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Unread 05-05-2004, 02:12 PM
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Re: Best FACTORY Rifle

I'd say the Savage as well. I have several. All shoot good (sub 1" at 100), one shoots exceptionally well. Savage is steadily replacing Remington as the Chevy 350 of the rifle world. A barrel you can change at home in 10 minutes, aftermarket stocks, triggers, bolt handles and hardware. You can even change the boltfaces in a few minutes.

You can make a .308 into a .223 in half an hour. Shoot the barrel out busting PD's???? A few hundred bucks and 10 minutes with simple hand tools and you're ready to go again. Wildcats too!!!!

I'll take a Savage any day over a Remchester.
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Unread 05-05-2004, 02:49 PM
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Re: Best FACTORY Rifle

Boy I hope you Savage guys aren't talking doodoo. I am a die hard Sendero fan but when I saw a Savage 116 weather warrior 300 RUM on clearance at Bass Pro shops for $399, I took the plunge and hope to be pleasantly surprised. Based on testimonial from the Savage crowd of course.

Spent thousands on long range gear only to take a mule deer at 128 yards.....
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