Originally Posted by cowboy
Just as the title says - I have no first hand experience with the SPS line but the general attitude is to throw the stock away before you even get going. I am going to help a young man buy a rifle, get it up and running and get his feet wet out to 1000 yds. on steel/paper. It'll be either a 308 or 260 - that decision has been made and is final.
My question is can I get a factory SPS to be adequate using the standard stock - I know I can get a Savage to do what we need to do from prior experience.
Thanks in advance for those of you that have found adequate results and what you did to get there.
SPS rifles will run you around $550-650. They have a throw-away stock on them. And they also usually have a sporter barrel, which will not be great for LR shooting. Not that it won't work, but they're not known to be as accurate.
A MUCH better and MUCH more solid platform rifle to start out with, would be the new Remington 700 Long Range chambered in 7mm RemMag or .300 WinMag. It already has the Bell & Carlson Medalist M40 stock on it, 26" sendero/varmint contour heavy barrel, hinged floorplate, and is (from what I've read) a pretty fair LR contender right out of the box. And it's only $699-799.
For the money, that would be a much better alternative, and starting point for getting into the LR game.
Also, for affordable optics and all, I would look into an EGW HD 20MOA base, TPS TSR 30mm low height aluminum picatinny rings, and a Konus M-30 8.5-32x52 scope. You will have around $500 in optics.
So, you'll have a great starter gun for $699. Scope is $349. Rings are $81. Base is $71. So, you're looking at a grand total for getting started LR shooting for exactly $1,200+ tax (rifle).
You can get the scope, rings, and base from Midway USA.