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Old 07-16-2011, 09:59 PM
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First Long Range Hunting Build

I have came to a point were I am ready to really get into long range hunting, shooting, and ballistics and with that am starting to put together my first build. Wanted to lay it out to you guys and see what you think.

First of all, like most Im on a budget (raising a family) but at the same time want the best I can get for my money. I am planning on about 1k with out scope. The Rifle will be for long range deer, antelope, sheep (if ever drawn), and occasional elk if I had too (I have a .300 weatherby for serious elk hunting). I would like to learn and practice out to a 1000 yards on paper, but probably would consider this a max 800 yard hunting rifle. This is what I have came up with so far....

*6.5X284 Norma
*Stevens 200 short action ($200)
*ER Shaw Replacement barrel, threaded, chambered Varmit Contour .850" ($160.00)
*Savage 10 B&C Medalist Varmit/Tactical Stock, black w/ grey webbing ($230)
*Rifle Basix Trigger ($100)
*Gunsmith Labor, flute barrel, screw in, adjust/check head spacing, duracoat reciever and barrel matte black ($200)

That puts together a pretty nice rifle that should shoot good for about $900.00. I do plan on bedding and free floating myself as I have done this numerous times and know what Im doing.

I would like to shoot Berger 140 VLD bullets as I think this would work just fine on lighter boned deer, antelope, sheep type game. And with 26" of barrel should get good velocities.

Lastly would come scope rings and bases. I want to get the rifle built first and then move forward, but at this point I do really like the SWFA SS 10X42 scope for bout $300.00, but I am SO hesitant on a fixed power scope for a hunting rifle. Problem is I don't think I can clear more than about that price for my optic at this time.
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Old 07-16-2011, 10:09 PM
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Re: First Long Range Hunting Build

What part of ID are you in? I know a guy in the Treasure valley that Cerakotes for $50 per barrelled action and it's way more durable than duracoat.
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Old 07-16-2011, 10:15 PM
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Re: First Long Range Hunting Build

Im in Nampa, would be interested in cerakote and meeting the person you speak of.
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Old 07-16-2011, 11:53 PM
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Im in Nampa, would be interested in cerakote and meeting the person you speak of.
I'm jealous. I love that part of Idaho. I've done a lot of bird hunting around Boise, Meridian, and Weiser.

You should be able to put together a decent rig as you describe above. My only question mark would be in using the Stevens action vs rem or savage as parts are going to likely be an issue for you at some point.

10x is adequate for most things out to about 500yds for a good shooter, but beyond that even a deer sized target starts looking pretty small.

If you watch the classifide ads here and keep an eye on ebay you can occasionally find a nice 6-18x vari x II for the same money you'll spend on the SWFA fixed power. Keep an eye on Cabela's as well as occasionally they run some great sales on Leupold.

BTW I've also seen some awesom Mulies and Elk along the River there, so good hunting.
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Old 07-17-2011, 12:42 AM
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Re: First Long Range Hunting Build

Here is a question, what do you think of possibly designating this as a target, deer, antelope rifle only and switching it to a 6.5x47 lapua. with the 26' barrel, should be able to get 2900 FPS with 130 berger vld.
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Old 07-17-2011, 12:57 AM
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Here is a question, what do you think of possibly designating this as a target, deer, antelope rifle only and switching it to a 6.5x47 lapua. with the 26' barrel, should be able to get 2900 FPS with 130 berger vld.
If you are going that route I'd seriously suggest going with the .260 rem or 6.5 creedmore. Both will give you slightly better performance and be much cheaper to shoot in the long run.
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Old 07-17-2011, 02:38 AM
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I have came to a point were I am ready to really get into long range hunting, shooting, and ballistics and with that am starting to put together my first build. Wanted to lay it out to you guys and see what you think.

First of all, like most Im on a budget (raising a family) but at the same time want the best I can get for my money. I am planning on about 1k with out scope. The Rifle will be for long range deer, antelope, sheep (if ever drawn), and occasional elk if I had too (I have a .300 weatherby for serious elk hunting). I would like to learn and practice out to a 1000 yards on paper, but probably would consider this a max 800 yard hunting rifle. This is what I have came up with so far....

*6.5X284 Norma
*Stevens 200 short action ($200)
*ER Shaw Replacement barrel, threaded, chambered Varmit Contour .850" ($160.00)
*Savage 10 B&C Medalist Varmit/Tactical Stock, black w/ grey webbing ($230)
*Rifle Basix Trigger ($100)
*Gunsmith Labor, flute barrel, screw in, adjust/check head spacing, duracoat reciever and barrel matte black ($200)

That puts together a pretty nice rifle that should shoot good for about $900.00. I do plan on bedding and free floating myself as I have done this numerous times and know what Im doing.

I would like to shoot Berger 140 VLD bullets as I think this would work just fine on lighter boned deer, antelope, sheep type game. And with 26" of barrel should get good velocities.

Lastly would come scope rings and bases. I want to get the rifle built first and then move forward, but at this point I do really like the SWFA SS 10X42 scope for bout $300.00, but I am SO hesitant on a fixed power scope for a hunting rifle. Problem is I don't think I can clear more than about that price for my optic at this time.
Found this link over and Sniper's Hide.

Extensive SWFA-SS Group Buy. Incredible Savings!!! - Sniper's Hide Forums

If you want to go with the SWFA scope this would save you considerable money on a nice package deal.
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