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Unread 02-13-2012, 11:40 PM
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Help a newbie. savage 308?

Hey everyone. I am looking to start some long range shooting. My uncle shoots in 700+ yarders and says I need to start. I have shot his rifle and can get a tight grouping at 400 all day long. I am looking for a beginner gun though. I am a big fan of a .308. I have shot 308's for a long time. Can anyone recommend a decent gun that I can mod to my standards and still keep it under 1000 for right now. I am looking to purchase a rifle for around 500 before I start customizing. Of course is I can stay cheaper it would be awesome, but I don't know if I can.

What do you thing about the savage 308. or the Remington Model 700 308.

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Unread 02-14-2012, 12:19 AM
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Re: Help a newbie. savage 308?

I personally like the Remington 700. But you will not go wrong either way, both are great platforms to do what you are wanting.
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Unread 02-14-2012, 12:49 AM
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Re: Help a newbie. savage 308?

The rem xps are affordable before moving up to the tac, But the scope should probably cost more. You have to think of them as a life time investment. Save a little more and do it right the first time
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Unread 02-14-2012, 10:39 AM
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Re: Help a newbie. savage 308?

Savage all the way for me. Been shooting a Savage .308 for about 2 years. I did a 2yr stint using the same savage only in 300WSM. Anyway here is what I suggest. Get the Stevens 200 in .308. This will get you started. It should cost between $300 and $400 depending where you go. This will give you a platform to build off of as you grow into the rifle. You will be able to do the work yourself. I will say that you might want to invest in a trigger first off when you get the rifle. Then go shooting. If you want a different stock, sell the factory stock for around $100 or so. Put that money into a Bell & Carlson stock for around $200. This will give a good starting point. Buy an EGW 20MOA base. Look into a Vortex Viper scope or a Nikon Buckmaster. You should be able to put this all together for under $900.
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Unread 02-14-2012, 10:45 PM
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Re: Help a newbie. savage 308?

Tank makes some good points. But I would go a different path. I would go with a savage model 12 bvss. Good trigger good stock. Good advice on scopes also. But would pick a used monarch over a new pro staff. Also look at millet best bang for ur buck.
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Unread 02-14-2012, 11:09 PM
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Re: Help a newbie. savage 308?

Savage Lightweight Hunter 308 WSM. 5.5 pounds. Nice medium range rifle, elk capable and 650 bucks all day long. Accutrigger, no Accustock however.

I have one on order right now. Clamp on a quality 6-9 and you are still below 7 pounds. Great pack in rifle.

Catalog Number 19209 MSRP $875.00 1-10 twist, 20" barrel

They also have a 6.5 Creedmore same weight for those that like Joyce Hornady ammo.... 1-8 twist Catalog 19204 MSRP $899.00

Didn't street price that one.......
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