Originally Posted by BlackBeardGhost
Thanks to all for the GREAT information that has been received; I forgot to mention that my sole purpose to be invovled in this long range shooting is for the hunting side of it; I so want to hunt mule deer out west not only for the experience but also the meat; I hunt for the purpose of providing meat for the wife and I along with the entire family; never been out west but when I get to go (God willing) I will be toting a well defined rifle; I hunt deer in several states (4) for the purpose of gathering meat; I help alot of families that live on limited budgets and sometimes these families barely has enough to supply food; alot of young kids depends on my hunting for their meals; I just want the ability to shoot farther for the reason of killing more deer as the economy is getting tougher for these families I help;
Once again thank all of you; BTW, need more information on these scopes that "return to zero"; what brand, what power, what rings for the gun, anything; thank you.
First off, there are a lot of lucky people that you are helping out. There are a lot of people who aren't lucky enough to have someone like you to help them out like that. Well done.
Secondly, I am just working on getting into long range stuff too. After years of wanting one, I finally bought a 7mm RM Sendero last year, awesome gun, love it. It's a stock rifle, but a nice one. Now I am getting down to working the load next. Once I have that, then I can get some better optics and the tools that are needed(good range finder, wind meter ect.) to do it right. I have it figured at around $3000 beyond the rifle by the time I get the load worked, and top the gun with the kind of optics needed to get this done (something that goes to at least 14 power, most popular brands would be Huskemaw, Leupold, Nightforce, but Vortex would save you a lot of money). Now that I have my list of the things that I "need" to get this done, I sit down and try to figure out how I can save money. Should I buy a Vortex rather than a Huskemaw? Is there some DIY way I can substitute having to spend $30 bucks on a tool or two? Is there something I could find used that would still be good and save me a few bucks? These are a few of the things.
Lastly, try not to put so much pressure on yourself to get it all right away. Set a long term goal, then break it up into small goals. Me, I got the gun. Now I am going to work the load. That is my goal to have done in the next year. After that, I will set a goal of maybe a scope or rangefinder. It might take me 2-3 years, but it will be gratifying when I get to that goal.
These are just some of the things that I am learning as I go through the same thing you are. You say you can't afford it, but you will never be satisfied until you git r done. So just keep plucking away at it and you will get there. Hope this helps.