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Old 12-04-2011, 02:37 AM
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What is a good budget 500 yard gun for deer sized game. Model and caliber ?

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How about a budget 500 yard gun that will get you to 1000yds just as easily?


Savage Model 112 Heavy Stainless 7mm STW Rare $1NR : Bolt Action at GunBroker.com

Put on a limbsavers recoil pad, bedding job, muzzle brake, and you have it all in one.
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Re: Budget 500 yard gun ?

unless you reload, finding STW ammo might be a challenge
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Re: Budget 500 yard gun ?

Personally if I was just wanting a 500yd deer rifle I'd go 243. Rifle would depend on the target weight I was looking at. If I wanted heavy I'd pick up a Rem VLS and run either 105Amax's/VLD's, or run the 95VLD if the 105's wouldn't shoot. Scope would a 1" 3.5-10x40 Leupold with a M1 turret. If I wanted light I would try and find one of the special run Rem Mountain Guides in 243. They are a mountain rifle contour in a B&C TI stock. Scope/bullets would be the same. If I couldn't find one of those I'd snag up just an ADL 243 and put it in a B&C TI stock.

I've been full circle with rifle builds over the past 6 years or so since I got into this. I went through the "heavy" rifle stage and have finally ended up with light to modest weight rifles that wear good tubes and good triggers. I kind of feel that a quality tube is a quality tube and that matter more than what the outside diameter measures, at least for me.

I have a couple of the 243 mountain guides mentioned above and here is one of them. This was before I punched it to 243AI and it wears a fixed 6x scope. This group was shot at 500yds right at the end of the day, off of a pack for a rest while laying prone. Pretty much a mirror of hunting conditions. Now the group wouldn't make a benchrester happy, but as far as a pure killing rilfe.....there's nothing more I'd ask of it. This rifle weighs 6#13oz all up and is a joy to carry and easy to shoot.

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Re: Budget 500 yard gun ?

Lots of good advice has already been given.

I would add that there are lots of good deals on used rifles in the classified section here, on gunbroker, and at local gun shows. But, caveat emptor.

If you're flexible and patient, a savvy buyer can do very well.

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Re: Budget 500 yard gun ?

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How about a budget 500 yard gun that will get you to 1000yds just as easily?


Savage Model 112 Heavy Stainless 7mm STW Rare $1NR : Bolt Action at GunBroker.com

Put on a limbsavers recoil pad, bedding job, muzzle brake, and you have it all in one.

Remington M700 VLS in .308.! No muzzle brake needed....recoil pad from the factory..decent trigger adjusted all the way down...and later after shooting it awhile the owner himself can bed it down...free floating the barrel.

$895.oo new
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Re: Budget 500 yard gun ?

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Personally if I was just wanting a 500yd deer rifle I'd go 243. Rifle would depend on the target weight I was looking at. If I wanted heavy I'd pick up a Rem VLS and run either 105Amax's/VLD's, or run the 95VLD if the 105's wouldn't shoot. ....

I agree! And I had one re-barreled in .260 ( why Rem never did is beyond me???) and its a REAL shooter!!!
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unless you reload, finding STW ammo might be a challenge
Not a problem. Dozens of available sources of factory ammo out there today.
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