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Old 09-07-2009, 03:23 PM
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Re: Down to choosing a caliber...

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Again, the only thing holding me back on that is the cost. I'm thinking that if I go with the $400 Vanguard model I can afford nicer optics for it, or am I thinking backwards here? I was thinking the $400 for the rifle, and $400 or a bit more for a scope for it. Or should I be thinking $800 for the rifle and $2-300 for the scope?

Thanks again guys - I appreciate you helping out a newbie on your forum.

Darby

Your on the right track. It is better to spend a lot of money on optics and as little as possible on the rifle. The optics will make you more of a marksman than the rifle. However, choosing the right rifle will help in the accuracy. Right now my scope is in the shop. I know that I could have shot a tighter group had I had my long range scope on the rifle. With a 3x9 Tasco as a supplement until my good one came back, made me appreciate the quality of optics. Chances are if the rifle does not shoot well, it can be fixed with hand loads or basic smithing. What I mean by basic smithing is: Bedding the rifle, free floating the barrel, and getting a trigger job.

I don't think you will go wrong. Out of cruiosity... what are you looking at for glass?

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Old 09-07-2009, 08:22 PM
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Re: Down to choosing a caliber...

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Out of cruiosity... what are you looking at for glass?

Tank
Truth be told that was to be my next thread topic, because I don't have a clue what to get. I don't think I've ever spent more than $50-$100 on a scope so I have no clue where to even begin for that.
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Old 09-07-2009, 10:06 PM
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Re: Down to choosing a caliber...

Here's the thread for asking about the scope: And now for some Optics...
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Old 09-08-2009, 08:48 PM
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Re: Down to choosing a caliber...

...I feel good about the Weatherby. I just wasn't sure if the Howa was a cheaper item they put in their Vanguard line to make them inexpensive and I didn't want to buy something that was going to be junk.

Just like this beauty here: Vanguard Sub-MOA Stainless | Rifles | Products | Weatherby.com

Again, the only thing holding me back on that is the cost. I'm thinking that if I go with the $400 Vanguard model I can afford nicer optics for it, or am I thinking backwards here? I was thinking the $400 for the rifle, and $400 or a bit more for a scope for it. Or should I be thinking $800 for the rifle and $2-300 for the scope?

Thanks again guys - I appreciate you helping out a newbie on your forum.

Darby[/quote]

Not to throw asparagus on your plan......
Still a caution for you. If you get a Monday morning Vanguard (They say that you should never buy a car that was built on Monday morning.) you may find it really HARD to find a good gunsmith to fix it.

Next issue, Weatherby's warranty. Guaranteed to shoot 1.5 MOA With factory premium ammo, bullet weight of their choosing. Should you get your factory target, shot with 135 grain ammo. Will this fill your need ? If not, can you get it fixed ? If you buy a Remington or Winchester or Browning every gunsmith on the block can easily get parts for them, especially Remington 700.

Just put together my first Remington 700. Put the barreled action on a B and C stock. Totally impressed with Rem's Quality. The action is smoother than the last 3 Vanguards that I have held in my hands. Shot a 0.7 group in the middle of my ladder testing. And I purchased this barreled action for cheap.

+1 on the choice of 300 WSM.


Best of luck with all of this.


Al


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Old 09-08-2009, 09:50 PM
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Re: Down to choosing a caliber...

Just check this nice TC ICONS they all shoot SUB moa and some SUB 1/2 MOA

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