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Unread 12-12-2010, 12:28 AM
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Need .308 recommendations

OK guys, I'm looking for some recommendations on a .308 - which ones to look at for my fiance for Christmas. She's a heck of a shooter (4.25" groups at 650 yards with her Sendaro 300 WSM!) but she's wanting a compact .308 for riding around the ranch in the truck. We have a major coyote problem and it's just too hard to get that 300 out quickly enough, when one runs out in front of you. I'd like to find her a good starter/project gun that can be customized over time to be a pretty good long[i]er[/i] range rifle; but right now what she needs is something thats as reasonably light and short as possible but will still have enough accuracy to handle a coyote out to about 300 yards.

The other requirement that's essential is that the rifle be tough! Bouncing around as a ranch rifle in DUSTY South Texas is tough on both gun and optics. It's impossible to use a case because you only have seconds to deploy the rifle when a coyote runs out of the brush and stops! So, she needs something that 'can take a licking and keep on ticking!'

I'm leaning towards getting her a Remington 700 but I'm interested in Sako too. I hear a lot of people talking about Sako, but I don't know anything about them- including the models or the prices. I'm curious what models of the Remington or Sako you would recommend? Any other brands/models you would recommend?

Here are the Remington options I found:

700 SPS Tac ACC-SD

700 VTR

700 SPS Tactical

I looked at the Sako website and they are BEAUTIFUL guns but they look WAY to pricey and way to nice to be bouncing around a ranch day after day. Am I wrong?
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Unread 12-12-2010, 06:47 AM
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Re: Need .308 recommendations

Look at the Remington LTR. I have two and both are almost as accurate as my $3,800 custom. They are available new on GunBroker. You will likely want the trigger cleaned up or replaced.
Mine shoots well with 150 to 165 gr. bullets.
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Unread 12-12-2010, 08:04 AM
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Re: Need .308 recommendations

Here are some options out side of Remington:

Howa Rifles

Howa Rifles Keep in mind that the Howa 1500 Action is the same action used in the older S&W Rifles and the Weatherby Vangaurd. It is a very sturdy action and built like the Mauser. It can be put into a LR stock of your choice. Most companies do build one for it. You also have after market component options.

Savage Arms Firearms > 16 FSS

Savage Arms Firearms > 16 FHSAK

Savage Arms Firearms > 10 Predator Hunter Max 1 if you are willing to change caliber, the 243 and 260 in this rifle would be awesome!

Savage Arms Firearms > 10 Precision Carbine

Hope this muddies the waters a little for ya!

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Unread 12-12-2010, 08:48 AM
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Re: Need .308 recommendations

Get her a Remington Model 7 youth and slap on a tough piece of glass. It'll be short, quick handling, accurate out of the box and under 6 pounds with scope. I've got one and love it for carrying around.
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Unread 12-12-2010, 10:51 AM
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Re: Need .308 recommendations

remington 700 sps varmint
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Unread 12-12-2010, 11:26 AM
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Re: Need .308 recommendations

.243, a .308 in a light rifle can recoil quite a bit...

My son has a S&W I-bolt (Howa ?) that's light, fast, tough-looking, and very-accurate more-so than the Sender I just sold...
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Unread 12-12-2010, 12:00 PM
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Re: Need .308 recommendations

The Sps Tactical has a 20 inch barrel seems that would be pretty compact for a truck gun. The Hogue stock is also an improvement over the SPS plastic stock. Run a 110 V-MAX or a 125 NBT and start dropping some yotes.
.308 load
44.5 grains RL-15
175 SMK
Fed 210M
Nosler Case
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