I'm getting ready to get into long range/precision shooting and I have some questions for the seasoned veterans here.
I intend to punch paper at 100 yards and hunt coyote and large game and plink out to about 550 yards. I don't intend to tote this rifle on foot any long distances. I'm a big believer in buying firearms chambered for common cartridges and I think the .308 would be just about right for most situations.
A few years ago I bought a Ruger KM77VT in .308 but was unable to get decent groups with any commercially available ammo (possibly due to headspace), then before getting around to getting it dialed in, I needed funds and sold it.
I really hate rifles that require tiny screws to attach scope bases that should have been machined into the action in the first place, but Savage has a much better track record in terms of accuracy so I'll buy a Savage unless I find a real steal in another KM77VT Ruger.
I want a hefty rifle with a long barrel to minimize error on my part and have narrowed it down to the 12BVSS or 12VLP in .308.
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According to Savage, the BVSS has a one in 12 twist and the VLP has a one in 10 twist. I intend to use 150 to 168 grain bullets and I don't reload. Which twist rate would suit me best?
Besides price, twist and stock, are the two rifles otherwise identical? I like the VLP stock but I will not be shooting prone. How does the VLP stock do on benchrest? Recoil about the same as BVSS?
Are there any sturdy one piece steel 4 screw bases available for these rifles? If not what steel two piece bases hold zero best? Weight is not a consideration. I assume I don't need tapered bases out to 550 yards.