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Old 10-23-2013, 08:00 PM
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I plan to hunt sheep, pronghorn, and deer mostly with this rifle. And maybe elk sometimes. I would also be shooting out to 1000 yards max mostly. And 700-800 max on elk if I had to.
CM if you want to shoot hornady bullets look at the interlock and interbond. They are much better bullets on game than the Amax. I've had the Amax's do some awful things when they break up and at these velocities they usually do unless you plan to do no shooting at under 700yds. I'm only a couple of hours west of you and if you wanted to shoot a 7mm STW or 300wm or both before you jump off of the cliff here purchasing one all it would cost you is the gas to get here and back.

For bullets, i'd strongly suggest looking at the Swift Sirocco, Hornady Interbond, and Accubonds. You cannot go wrong with any of them.
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Old 10-24-2013, 06:11 AM
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Im looking at getting a new rifle to take on hunts that will involve a lot of hiking. Im thinking of either a Remington 700 ADL in 7mm Rem Mag or 300 Win Mag? What does everyone think of these two or what other options to look at. Im trying to stay under 500 for a basic rifle since I will be changing out the stock and most likely the trigger as well.
I would look into the remington sendero. Definitely more than your budget, but it is a GREAT rifle in it's stock form. The trigger is even "OK". That is one thing you may change out later, but the stock is great, the barrels seem to be very decent and you get your 700 action. I got a remington mountain SS which is similar to the sendero (same type stock and such) but it is a light weight version with a thin barrel. I LOVE IT. Most guys on this site that dont want to spend a ton of money on a custom/semi custom rifle will buy senderos. Amazing rifle for 1000 bucks and when you get some cash later on after you shoot out it's barrel (if you ever do, not sure how much you shoot) then you can buy a custom barrel and you will have one FINE semi-custom rifle.
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Old 10-24-2013, 06:51 AM
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Re: Help picking a new rifle

Thanks for the offer Wildrose, ill let you know if its something Im able to do. I had looked at the sender but decided against it cause of the starting weight. I want to keep the completed rifle under 10 Lbs.
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:27 AM
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Thanks for the offer Wildrose, ill let you know if its something Im able to do. I had looked at the sender but decided against it cause of the starting weight. I want to keep the completed rifle under 10 Lbs.
Then I would find the cheapest 700 I could...like an SPS, buy an aftermarket barrel and stock (bell and carlson if you need a budget but good stock or macmillen if you have the cash). A macmillen stock fitted by a gun smith with some bedding if needed will run you from 700-1000 by itself. The barrel will cost 300-400, and whatever your smith charges you to put it on your rifle. Truing/squaring your action will cost probably 100 bucks. So for somewhere between 1500-2500 you will end up with a nice semi-custom rifle that will no doubt shoot 1000 yards with proper handloads. If it were me, since I dont have lots of money id opt for the bell and carlson...which would be like 300 then have it fitted and bedded professionally for an additional 150-200. So say 500 for the stock+bedding, 600 for remington SPS NEW (I have heard there are walmart remington 700s that come with crap stocks for like 400 but havent seen one yet), 400 for barrel and 100 for squaring action. Then whatever trigger I desire...so around 1600-1800 bucks and you have a kick-***** rifle.
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Old 10-24-2013, 06:26 PM
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Re: Help picking a new rifle

Given everything you have said, I would go with a Rem 700 SPS in 300win (over getting the ADL). That gives you something that you can shoot for now and upgrade as you go. A Bell & Carlson stock for $240 plus a nice trigger for $115 or so will get you in a great place. No need to upgrade the barrel right away unless it doesn't shoot, but I'm guessing once you got a new stock and trigger, it would be pretty accurate. Also, I would just bed the recoil lug yourself, save a bunch of money. The B&C stock comes with an aluminum bedding block, so bedding the lug would be all you need. Total cost would be in the $850-$900 range and you would have a very solid setup, but it would also give you the option to shoot the 'stock' SPS setup until you can afford the upgrades. Good luck!
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