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Unread 08-03-2007, 01:39 AM
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new rifle recomendations

i am looking for a rifle to start into long range hunting i like the sound of 308 their is alot of info to be found on this calibre also the barrel life is the best i have heard of so far .
anyway can you recomend a good rifle and scope combination game will be up to 300 pounds and maximun distance would be about 600 yards.my budget is 5000 dollars for both scope and rifle.
a few i have looked briefly at are hs presision heavy tactical ,accuracy international , and a remington 700 vsf .any comments would be appreciated thanks.
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Unread 08-03-2007, 01:49 AM
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If you want to spend it all:


The Tac-Ops rifles are some of the most accurate rifles made. Mike makes them in 308 and promises 1/4 minute at 100 yards with Federal 168 match ammo. USO makes some of the best optics and you can spec your scope to have the features you want.
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Unread 08-03-2007, 06:53 AM
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If the rifle is for LR hunting up to ONLY 600 then the 308 will work. However if you are looking past that then you will want a magnum.

IMO the HS Precision guns are way over priced. Lot of quality smiths around that can put a topnotch 308 together for around $2k and even less depending. You have a couple here and the pick any of the "top recommended smiths" from www.6mmbr.com site.

In fact you can go to www.snipershide.com and find at least 3-5 of these guns for sale every day for $1500-2000 with very low round count. Most of them are from GAP and LSR which are top notch smiths. They also have lots of used Zeiss, Leupolds, USO and Schmidts for sale also at great savings.

The best out of the box gun in 308 right now is the new Savage FT/R in 308 with 30" barrel and it runs $925 from Northlander on www.savageshooters.com. This gun was made specifically for the 1000 yard F class shoots and is really accurate and staying with the custom guns for half the price. Most are shooting 1/4 MOA.

Add a 20-30 MOA base and if get the new schmidt and bender scopes that is the top of the pack right now. The new Zeiss conquest is more than enough scope and saves $1500..

Savage FT/R and zeiss cost $1700 and 1/4 MOA. Leaves $3300 for bullets and match fees to learn to shoot distances.

Custom rifle and Schmidt or USO cost $5000 and 1/4 MOA

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Unread 08-03-2007, 07:20 AM
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Other choices

One thing about a budget like you have is you can remain flexable. Another rifle to look at is the Remington 40X Repeater with the 27 1/2" S.S. HB. Cabela's is carrying a few of those. Add to that a Zeiss 6.5X20 with rings and bases and that still leaves you with $2000 to spend. Use that for a Kestral, LRF, Bino's, Spotting scope and hand held computer with Exbal ballistic program in it and your set to 1000 yd using 180 bullets. Very nice setup for a long range starter gun. Plus, if you decide to upgrade later on you won't have a bit of problem selling the Rem 40X.
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Unread 08-03-2007, 10:42 AM
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As I understand it, if you are going to max out at 600 yards, the Savage is a great buy.

If you are looking to reach farther, then that is where the customs come into play with their increased accuracy. .308 really is a 600-800 yard gun max. (I know, game has been taken at greater ranges, but look at the ballistics and you are well under 1000 footpounds at those longer distances. Perfect shot placement will do it, but you have little margin for error.)

At 800 and above, the specialty cartridges come into their own. THEN a custom rifle can really make a difference.

At 800 and above, you need to consider the Magnums, including the .338 Lapua, Remington Ultra Magnums in .300, .338, etc., the big Winchester Magnums, etc.

I WISH I had a $5000 budget for a long range rifle, but alas, mine is considerably less!!

Around here, though, 600 is more mid-range than long range!


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Unread 08-03-2007, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by BountyHunter View Post
Savage FT/R and zeiss cost $1700 and 1/4 MOA. Leaves $3300 for bullets and match fees to learn to shoot distances.

That makes a whole lotta sense. I'd get the FT/R or their McMillan or HS stocked 308. I bet w/handloads you can get it to shoot just as well as those customs. Only thing is I'd put a NF on it.
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Unread 08-04-2007, 03:16 AM
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thanks for all the replys a, in the uk so dont have a great choice of rifles but i like the sound of the hs presision and that is availiable in the uk.do you think that would be a good purchase.
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