If you are UK based then forget about a rifle from the US, too much hastle to import it yourself!!! The HS precision is ok, but for the money I'd want more!!!
$5000=£2500 If I were you I'd see Pete Lincoln of Roedale rifles about a semi custom Howa 1500 and a Schmidt & Bender precision hunter scope. IMHO that would give you the best "bang for buck" http://www.roedale-psg.de/GB/index.htm
If you are looking for a long range hunting rifle, please look at R.W. Hart and Sons, Inc. Bob Hart is a 4th generation custom gunsmith and is IMO, the best, most accurate custom gun builder you will find. Bob and his family have been building long range rifles and winning 1,000 yard competitions for many years. The National and World 1,000 yard Championships speak for themselves, but in just the last month I have had the pleasure of meeting and becoming friends with Bob and his family. I also have been witness to the care he puts into his rifles and into shooting. I was fortunate enough to take a deer on a nuissance hunt just a few weeks ago. It was my first long range experience. With a Hart rifle, chambered in .30Hart I was able to make a 1 shot kill on a whitetail doe at 678 yards. What a thrill for someone who had never thought it possible.
If you want a rifle that will shoot well, contact Bob Hart at Robert W. Hart & Son, Inc. 1-800-368-3656 or at rwhart.com.
this is the down side of living in the uk got lots of deer but a limited choice of rifles we do have some custom smiths but there guns are way out of my price range.thinking i will probably go with the hs presision.can anyone reccomend any good 308 loads for hunting.thanks
Ven, You are talking 308 for around 600yds this is good for a 308 but what if you want to shoot further in the future? I would recomend a 260 or a 260AI its faster no harder on barrels and a 300 lb animal will be no problem at all I would be fine shooting an elk with it no problem. Just my 2 cents worth
Ven, I would seriously look at having a rifle built by Dave Tooley. He built two of my rilfes and they were awesome. Give him a call. He is a great gunsmith and good guy. The only bad thing about having Dave build a rifle, it takes a long time for him to complete the project. Both of my rifles took Dave 16 months to complete. However, they were both worth the wait. Dave is a busy man, so you must give him time to build your rifle.
Dave built my 6.5x284 and my 338 Yogi. I had to sell both rifles, I miss those babies very much!
I know he goes to the UK a lot. I think he has some connection with Wildcat Custom rifles, and I think they are based in the UK too, I think. He used to have a website, however, it has been down for about three years. If you need to contact Dave, I would call him. Here is telephone number;